Getting to Know the DVLA Database

DVLA Database Center

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is an organization under the Department of Transport of the United Kingdom. The executive agency’s primary function is to release driving licenses, collect taxes for vehicles and maintain a DVLA database. The DVLA database contains records of drivers residing in Great Britain – because drivers of Northern Ireland are under a different organization, and information on vehicles in the whole of United Kingdom.
The DVLA database may be used to get vehicle information. All you need to access vehicle information from the database is the vehicle’s model and registration number. Once these are provided, you can gain access to information such as the date of expiration of the vehicle’s tax and MOT. The MOT refers to the annual test for vehicles used for more than 3 years in Great Britain. The MOT tests vehicles for its worthiness to be in the roads which include: exhaust emission and vehicle safety. Aside from this, you can also access the date when the vehicle was first registered, color, engine size, year of manufacture, CO2 emission and the vehicle’s tax rate. The SORN status may also be accessed through the DVLA database.
The DVLA database on vehicle information may be accessed through https://www.vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk. You can also gain access to some information via phone through these contact numbers:
For vehicle registration matters:

Information of a vehicle’s past and current owner may also be gained from the DVLA database but you need to write the agency first to request access. The information you can request for are: details of the registered owner, information about previous owners of vehicles now registered under your name and information DVLA has about you.
my driving record DVLA grants access to the above mentioned if you have “reasonable cause”. You can request for information from the DVLA database if you want to know who is responsible for an accident or tracing people suspected of insurance fraud. Aside from this, another reason may be tracing the owner of abandoned or illegally parked vehicles, or who is accountable for driving off without paying for goods and services. Another reason might be for the issuance of parking tickets.
All information request from the DVLA database must be applied through email or by post. There are several forms available depending on who is requesting information:

  • An individual: Form V888
  • A company: Form V8882
  • A company that issues parking charge notices: Form V8883

Private parking companies that are allowed to request from the DVLA must be a member of the British Parking Association or the Independent Parking Committee.
Other information on requesting from the DVLA database may be found in https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/giving-people-information-from-our-vehicle-record.
Other inquires on the DVLA database access and the information you can request may be forwarded to SubjectAccess.Requests@dvla.gsi.gov.uk. All mail through the post must be addressed to

SAR Enquiries DVRE DVLA Swansea SA99 1ZZ

Other Features of the DVLA Database

You can also use the DVLA database to share information about your driving license. You can access this by going to: https://www.viewdrivingrecord.service.gov.uk/driving-record/licence-number
You can use the service to check your driving records to see what kind of vehicles you are eligible to drive. You can also check your penalty points and disqualifications. The service may also be used to create a “check code” so that you can share your records to someone else. This check code is valid for 21 days.
You can check information on driver license records shared to you through: https://www.viewdrivingrecord.service.gov.uk/driving-record/licence-number.

Companies and individuals can request the DVLA database for specialized information on vehicles. These include: bulk data set, anonymized data set and vehicle mileage data. Bulk data set contains 47 fields of information on vehicles. This is often used by buyers to check if the vehicles are genuine. This include information on Vehicle Registration Number (VRN), Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), make and model among others. Anonymized data is primarily for marketing purpose which provides information on the vehicles make and model.

All requests on these information from the DVLA database may be forwarded to the Data Sharing Team. They can be reached through email: datasharing.team@dvla.gsi.gov.uk or through post:
Data Sharing Assurance Team D16 DVLA Longview Road Swansea SA99 1DY

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