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.


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