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Vehicle owners usually realise their vehicle has been cloned once they start receiving fines or charges that they shouldn't be getting.

Cloning, as the name suggests, is where the identity of a similar vehicle is cloned. The deception occurs because the clone vehicle will have the same registration number on its number plates and maybe a fake VIN plate.

Suspected Cloning

You should immediately return any fines or correspondence to the issuing authority, giving them as much documentary evidence as you can in order to prove your case.

Then write to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1ZA who will record your correspondence on the vehicle record for future reference.

You must also contact the police as they will need to trace and prosecute the offender.

If DVLA is happy that a genuine cloning case has been put forward, they may issue a new registration number to the vehicle.

Cloning Prevention

DVLA has put measures in place to reduce the number of cloning cases each year. One of these measures is the introduction of the Registered Number Plate Supplier (RNPS) scheme.

The scheme ensures greater traceability and control of those requesting number plates to be made.

Registered suppliers keep records of every number plate sale. From these sales, documentary evidence of customer names, address and entitlements to registration marks, are stored and may be accessed by authorities.

Theft of number plates is another problem. In this field, DVLA is developing an agreed voluntary standard for theft-resistant number plates.

Last updated: Wednesday 1st August 2018

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