Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA) came into force on 1 January 2005 and applies to all public authorities, including the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). This act provides two general rights - the right to be told whether information exists and to request access to all that information.
This right is subject to conditions and exemptions set out in Sections 21 to 44 in Part II of the Act.
If you would like to make a Freedom of Information request you can link to DSA’s request form by clicking on the link displayed on the left. Alternatively, you may find that the information you require is contained within these pages. Please click on the links displayed left to access responses DSA has already given to previous requests.
This legislation operates in tandem with the Environmental Information Regulations and the Data Protection Act
- if your request is about your own personal information you should make a Subject Access Request under the Data Protection Act 1998 (see below)
- if your request is about Environmental Information then please complete the FOI request form (link in left menu) in the same manner as a Freedom of Information request.
Subject Access Request – Data Protection Act (1998)
If you would like to make a Subject Access request then please include the following in your written request:
- name and contact address
- proof of identity such as a full 10 year passport (please see Subject Access Request form for other acceptable forms of Identity)
- the type of information you would like and if possible any direction as to where it might be held.
In addition to subject access rights, you can, in certain circumstances, ask DSA to stop processing your personal data, or to order the rectification, blocking or erasure of inaccurate data and to claim compensation for damage and distress caused by a breach of the Act.
Where personal data are being processed automatically for the purpose of evaluating matters relating to you, and the processing is likely to constitute the sole basis for a decision affecting you, you are entitled to be given an explanation of the logic involved in the decision process.
Please send your request to the Data Protection Compliance Manager. See the related items link for contact information.