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Last Updated: 06/03/2012

Release of information from DVLA's registers


To carry out its functions, DVLA maintains two distinctly separate databases.

DVLA’s vehicle register is maintained primarily to identify vehicles used on public roads, to assist law enforcement and the collection of taxes, and to facilitate improved road safety. It holds information about each motor vehicle (e.g. registration mark, Vehicle Identification Number, make/model, emissions, etc) and includes the name and address of the registered keeper, dates of acquisition and disposal, and the vehicle’s tax status.

The driver register holds each driver’s name, address, date of birth, photograph, entitlement, endorsements, convictions and relevant medical information that may affect a person’s ability to drive.

While the law requires DVLA to protect the privacy of the individual motorists whose details we hold on both registers, there are a number of lawful circumstances in which data can be released from the registers.

DVLA manages a vast amount of data to help keep Britain’s motorists moving safely and legally. Yet there’s more. Through properly controlled release of data about vehicles and their keepers we also add to the quality of life for millions of people on and off the roads.

Please use the links on the right hand side of this page to find out how data release from the vehicle register benefits society, the legal case for data release, how we define reasonable cause for data release and much more.

In addition, further information about data release from DVLA can be found at:

Release of information from DVLA vehicle and driver records

How to request information from DVLA records

Vehicle check services