Vehicle Enquiries and Crime

DVLA vehicle enquiries are a useful way to ensure you know the history of the vehicle you're buying. This section gives information on the various checks you can make to ensure the authenticity of a vehicle, along with help and advice on release of information from DVLA, what to do if your vehicle is stolen, vehicle cloning, and theft resistant number plates.

9 articles in this section:

Requesting Information from DVLA Records

Use the DVLA online vehicle enquiry service to find out information about a vehicle. The vehicle enquiry service can be done online, on the phone, or by post. The one to choose depends on what you need to...

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....

Vehicle Identity Check

VIC (Vehicle Identity Check) is a scheme operated by DVLA to help prevent 'ringing'. Ringing is the criminal activity of passing off stolen cars as repaired accident damaged cars. A database holds a...

Vehicle Crime Reduction Initiatives

Vehicle crime expands to more than just theft from vehicles and theft of vehicles. What's the best way to protect against less obvious vehicle crimes such as ringing or buying a stolen car? DVLA has...

Vehicle Cloning

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...

Stolen Vehicle

When a vehicle is stolen the first step should be to report the theft to the Police. The Police then notify DVLA of the theft. Reporting the Theft Make sure you have all the details about your vehicle...

Theft Resistant Number Plates

Despite not being the easiest thing to steal, number plate theft persists. A theft resistant number plate is designed to prevent fast removal. The Reasons Number Plates get Stolen A number plate...

Thefts from Vehicles

The first rule to remember is never to leave anything of any value in a car, as this makes it more attractive to criminals. Read on for more information on securing your vehicle and its contents from...

Release of Information from DVLA Records

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...

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