DVLA services

How DVLA helps motorists 

List of services and guides

In Great Britain, the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) is responsible for registering and licensing drivers, as well as collecting and enforcing the VED (vehicle excise duty).

dvla logo for motorists needs various online checks

The DVLA offers a wide range of services for all motorists throughout the UK. This includes services relating to your driving license, such as:
  • Applying for a provisional license
  • Applying for a full driving license
  • Replacing a damaged, destroyed, lost, or stolen license
  • Changing the address on a current license
  • Changing the name or gender on a current license
  • Changing the photo on a current license  
  • Renewing a license if you are 70 years old or older
  • Renewing a full license
  • Tracking your driving license application
  • Booking a driving test

In addition, motorists can use the DVLA website to:
  • Pay DVLA fines
  • Appeal DVLA fines
  • Pay DVSA roadside fines
  • Appeal a penalty charge notice
  • Pay a parking fine issued by a local council (England and Wales only)
  • Challenge a parking fine issued by a local council (England and Wales only)
  • Determine what to do if you receive fines on a vehicle you no longer own
  • Tell the DVLA you have bought, sold, or transferred a vehicle
  • Check to see if a vehicle, accessory, or part has been recalled
  • Report that a vehicle you have checked has been written off
  • Apply for a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) and/ or check a vehicle’s SORN status

Services pertaining to vehicles that are offered by the DVLA check include:
  • Calculating vehicle tax rates, including on historic and company cars
  • Paying your vehicle tax
  • Canceling your vehicle tax and receiving a refund
  • Verifying if vehicle tax is up to date
  • Changing a vehicle’s tax class
  • Checking a vehicle’s MOT status
  • Checking the history of a vehicle’s MOT status
  • Replacing a damaged or misplaced MOT certificate
  • Requesting personalised number plates

Information of Licensing, Vehicles, Road Safety, and Instructor Training
The DVLA also offers extensive information for UK motorists on all topics related to licensing, vehicles, vehicle rules, and safety. Additionally, it provides details on how to become a driving, fleet driver, large goods vehicle, and motorcycle instructor.

DVLA Forms and Needed Supporting Documentation
In addition, the DVLA website allows motorists to easily access any forms that may need to be completed prior to accessing any of their offered services. The website also lists any supporting information that will also be needed, such as a valid insurance certificate.


DVLA checks and mental health

Driving, mental health and DVLA notifications

Staying safe and legal behind the wheel of your car

At the time of making your application for a full or provisional drivers license or applying for a new or replacement, look out for the application section outlining some essential questions about your health. In this section, notify DVLA of any mental health issues you may have. It includes diagnosis from a mental health body or General Practitioner (GP).

Should you have already passed your driving test and have a full UK license and become diagnosed with a new mental health problem, you must get in touch with DVLA immediately (before you begin driving your car again). In particular, when your doctor or GP tells you to get in touch. Use this link on Mind.org.uk to find the correct form from notification (due to COVID-19 epidemic, there are significant delays in response).

DVLA also expect immediate notification should an existing mental health problem becomes progressively worse.

There are a series of medical questionnaires provided by DVLA for such circumstances. Use this link on the DVLA website for more information.

Further details on when notification becomes mandatory:

  • For a mental health diagnosis
  • Prescribed medications to support your problem
  • Symptoms and side effects of using the medication

    The DVLA M1 online form was designed for those who drive a motorcycle or car and need to notify DVLA of a diagnosis. See Gov.uk for details.

Diagnosis by type

  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorder
  • Schizoaffective disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Depression 
  • Agoraphobia
  • Paranoid Schizophrenia
  • Personality Disorder
  • Psychotic Depression
  • Related conditions

 Sharing information and permissions

The notification includes a page where you need to sing declaration and give permission for the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency to obtain information relating to your medical condition (s) via your GP. To drive safely and legally, you must provide permission so DVLA can get the necessary information else your driver's licence may be revoked until further notice. 

DVLA MOT information for motorists during COVID-19: http://carveto.over-blog.com/2020/05/tax-and-mot-testing-during-covid-19.html 

The content from this article was composed by automotive experts at CarVeto, with thanks to Mind.org.uk