Release of information from DVLA's registers INF266

Over the last few years the amount of data obtainable from DVLA on a classic car has reduced significantly so now information is only available to applicants in a number of lawful circumstances. The DVLA document
"Release of information from DVLA's registers - INF266" has 15 pages which set out the circumstances when an applicant can apply to DVLA for data from its registers on a vehicle.

INF266 sets out very clearly what information can be released by DVLA and to whom and the circumstances that enable individual applicants to be able to apply for and obtain information on vehicles and former owners from DVLA's registers. INF266

See our earlier NEWS item on this topic released on 20th October 2017. More

Posted: 180519
Since our previous NEWS item reporting changes in the availability of information on vehicles from DVLA, a further document has been releqased by DVLA: "Release of information from DVLA's registers - INF266". This document was last updated in July 2017 and refers to "all data sharing undertaken by DVLA is carried out in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998. It's likely a further update will follow shortly to mention that the data release will need to observe the new data regulations - GDPR - which come into effect in the UK this month. INF266

The document INF266 sets out very clearly what information can be released by DVLA and to whom and the circumstances that enable individual applicants to be able to apply for and obtain information on vehicles and former owners from DVLA's registers

.To carry out its functions, DVLA has two separate databases. The driver register and the vehicle register. While the law requires the agency to protect the privacy of 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 driver register
It holds each driver's name, address, date of birth, photograph, entitelemnt, endorsements, convictions and relevant medical information that may affect a person's ability to drive.
DVLA vehicle register
It is primarily to identfy vehicles used on the public roads, to assist law enforcement and the collection of taxes and to facilitate improved road safety. It holds information on each motor vehicle (for example, registration mark, vehicle identification number, make and model, emissions) and the vehicle’s tax status. It also includes the name and address of the registered keeper, dates of acquisition and disposal.