data on my car is available from DVLA?
Worrying developments with classic car theft. See our NEWS
Release of information from DVLAs registers. See DVLA
Giving people information from our vehicle record (MIS546)
- see the DVLA information note. More
How many data enquiries has DVLA seen in recent years? See
our analysis and chart from available DVLA data.
Available DVLA data.
of information from DVLAs vehicle register
DVLA is allowed to release information from its vehicle register
to the police and local authorities. Regulation 27 of the Road
Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulation 2002 also allows
DVLA to release data to private or public sector organisations
and individuals providing they can demonstrate reasonable
cause to have it. The release of information about vehicles
and their keepers for such purposes is long established and
was in place before DVLA existed. As the law allows the release
of personal data DVLA say they do not need the vehicle keepers
consent to disclose their details.
Reasonable cause for data release
Reasonable cause for the release of data from the DVLA vehicle
register relates to motoring incidents with driver or keeper
liability. These can include road safety matters, events occurring
as a result of vehicle use, enforcing road traffic legislation
and collecting tax. In all data release matters DVLA is required
to act responsibly and in accordance with the law.
The practical applications
When DVLA receives requests for information from individuals
and private organisations as diverse as car parking and trespass
management companies, solicitors, finance houses and property
managers, they check all applications to make sure they meet
many data enquiries to DVLA?
developments with classic car theft
Following the release of our NEWS
item on 10th December 2020 on an article seen in the Daily
Telegraph that day, where Dr Ken German highlighted some worrying
developments with car theft and how thieves are targetting classic
cars, fellow V8 member Peter Nixon mentioned he was concerned
that some car thieves may be able to obtain information from
DVLA on where a classic car is located.
Chris Hunt Cooke comments "DVLA were always supposed
only to release information to those who could show reasonable
cause to require it, but I think they tightened up after
rows about 'cowboy clampers'. The DVLA information note sets
out on the data release procedure. Other areas have also tightened
up, an MOT history
check of a vehicle no longer shows the MOT garage concerned
or its location and the new form V5C no longer shows the details
of previous keepers. If you were looking for a classic car to
steal, car club websites and magazines might be a good source
of information, with photos of cars and the names of their owners,
and once the owner is identified a website such as 192.com
would help to track down their address".
Chris adds "I think that if someone is determined to steal
your car, it is very difficult to stop them and the best you
can do is to make it more difficult so that they give up and
move on to an easier proposition. I was interested to see that
an external steering wheel lock was suggested in the
Daily Telegraph article. I have long thought that has advantages,
by the time someone discovers that the car will not start because
of an immobiliser or hidden switch, a lot of damage may have
been done in the process of breaking in, whereas the sight of
a steering wheel lock seen through the side window would hopefully
dissuade the thief from breaking the window. I think immobilisers
are the work of the devil, causing far more problems for the
car's owner than for a thief.
Some people get a bit paranoid about car theft and I think that
installing telescopic security pollards is tending in that direction.
All a thief needs is a low-loader with a winch and a length
of chain. Even if your fix up one of those CCTV security cameras
to record your property when you are not at home, operation
one for the thieves is to pull the garage doors open with the
chain, then pull the bollard out of the ground, then winch the
car up onto the low-loader and away they go! People can work
very quickly when the adrenaline kicks in. A friend who does
store security had a CCTV camera installed monitoring his drive
because the distinctive door mirrors kept getting stolen from
his BMW M3 he parked there. Sure enough, he collected a video
next time it happened, but the thief had a scarf pulled up and
a cap pulled down, so there was no chance at all of recognising
him. The amazing thing was the speed at which he worked - it
took him literally seconds to detach the two mirrors and be
off on his merry way".
Victor Smith adds "a concealed tracker together
with a 24/7 support and recovery service does enable the location
of the car to be known and the recovery service team can work
closely with the police to get a successful recovery of the
vehicle. Unlike most reports of car thefts, having the knowledge
of where a stolen car is raises the chances of the getting the
active involvement of the police working to recover the car.
Simple reports that a car has been stolen can easily become
an admin matter of recording the fact, distributing information
with the limited hope the car might be spotted so recovery might
What theft protection measures would you take?
The type of theft protection a classic car owner feels is worthwhile
and affordable for their car will vary depending on their awareness
of the theft risks and the extent to which they feel those risks
are a concern to the extent anti-theft protection is necessary.
It's worth visiting the Classic Tracker website to see what
they offer. Classic