You can use this service to check someone’s driving licence information, eg the vehicles they can drive or any penalty points or disqualifications.

You need:

  • the last 8 characters of their driving licence number
  • a check code from the driver

You must use the code within 21 days. You can only use the code once - you have to get another code to do another check.

Use a different service if you want to view your own driving record or generate a check code.

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You must have the correct information from the driver to do a check.

It’s a criminal offence to obtain someone else’s personal information without their permission.

Help using the online service

You can call DVLA for help if you’ve got all of the following:

  • permission from the person to make the check
  • a check code from the person you want to check
  • the last 8 characters of their driving licence number

DVLA - for help using the online service
Telephone: 0300 083 0013
Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm
Saturday, 8am to 2pm
Find out about call charges

Do a check by phone using the premium rate number

You can make a check by phone if you don’t have a check code to use with the online service.

Ask the driver you’re doing the check on to call DVLA and leave permission for the check.

DVLA - for the driver to leave permission
Telephone: 0300 790 6801
Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm
Saturday, 8am to 2pm
Find out about call charges

You can then call DVLA to check the driver’s details after they’ve given their permission.

DVLA - for the person doing the check
Telephone: 0906 139 3837 (calls cost 51p per minute)
Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm
Saturday, 8am to 2pm

By post

You and the driver need to complete form D888/1 to do the check.

Send the form with a cheque or postal order for £5 to ‘DVLA, Swansea’ to:

Driver Licence Validation service
DVRE 5
DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1AJ

By fax

You can use this service if you’re an organisation that provides vehicle finance.

Contact DVLA to register to use this service.