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The information that DVLA holds forms two separate databases - the Vehicle Register contains information about vehicles and keeper and licensing information. The Driver Register holds entitlement information.
The Freedom of Information act means that DVLA is permitted to release certain information to those who can legally receive it.
All data held by bodies such as DVLA is protected under the Data Protection Act, however under certain circumstances somebody else may need to access the information. Before they can do so, they must show 'reasonable cause' and pay the appropriate fee.
Such causes may be to do with:
Information can be sent to:
DVLA does not share driver information readily. It can share it with other Government departments where legislation permits this.
Driver information can also be shared, with the consent of the driver, to organisations wishing to check an individual's entitlement to drive.
Find out what information DVLA holds about you on your vehicle or driver record, or find out the same information about another vehicle's keeper so long as you have reasonable cause to do so.
For more information see our section on requesting information from DVLA records.
Last updated: Wednesday 1st August 2018
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