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Vehicle Check Services

Both DVLA and private companies Vehicle Check Services allow you to find out whether or not a used vehicle has been stolen, written off or has outstanding finance.

On this page:
DVLA Vehicle Check Services
Online Vehicle Check Companies
Private Vehicle Check Companies

DVLA Vehicle Check Services

Online Vehicle Enquiries

Using the online vehicle enquiry service you can find out a vehicle's:

  • Year of manufacture
  • Date of first registration
  • Engine capacity
  • Colour
  • Expiry date of the current tax disc or SORN declaration
  • Vehicle excise duty rate

Telephone Vehicle Enquiries

There are two premium rate phone services that give vehicle information. They cost 49p per minute and are open:

Driver and Vehicle general lines, Monday to Friday 8.00am to 7.00pm, Saturday 8.00am to 2.00pm.
Electronic and Driver licensing online, Monday to Friday 8.00am to 8.30pm, Saturday 8.00am to 5.30pm.

You can learn the vehicle's:

  • Date of registration
  • Year of manufacture
  • Engine capacity (cc)
  • CO2 emissions
  • Colour

Call on 0906 185 8585.

Vehicle Tax Due Date

Calling the number will give you the expiry date of the current tax disc or SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification).

Call 0906 765 7585 (premium rate charged at 49p per minute).

Online Vehicle Check Companies

Several companies exist who will check major statuses of the vehicle, including:

  • Vehicle make and model and engine size
  • Whether or not a vehicle is an insurance write-off
  • The vehicle's insurance category
  • If the vehicle has been reported as stolen / stolen and recovered
  • A vehicle chassis / VIN number check
  • Vehicle colour has changed
  • Number plate change history
  • Whether or not the vehicle has been exported or scrapped
  • A full history check
  • The number of former keepers of the vehicle


iCarCheck - prices start at £4.99.

AutoCheck from Experian

AutoCheck - prices start at £5.00.


MyCarCheck prices start at £4.95.

Private Vehicle Check Companies

Selected organisations are provided with DVLA information on the registration of vehicles. This is for consumer protection and to help in combating fraud.

This information can also be added to by Police, finance and insurance companies.

CarweB Ltd
Pipers Business Centre, 220 Vale Road, Tonbridge, TN9 1SP
Telephone: 01732 373 002
Fax: 01732 373 001

CDL Vehicle Information Services Limited
Strata House, Kings Reach Road, Stockport, SK4 2HD
Telephone: 08444 821 965
Fax: 01436 821 875

Talbot House, Talbot Street, Nottingham, NG1 5HF
Telephone: 0870 6000 838
Fax: 0115 934 4105

HPI Limited
Dolphin House, P O Box 61, New Street, Salisbury, SP1 2TB
Telephone: 01722 422 422
Fax: 01722 412 164

Vehicle Data Services Ltd
11 Somerset Place, Glasgow, G3 7JT
Telephone: 0777 999 1921

Last updated: Friday 22nd July 2011

Please quote 'DT' when you phone