Get vehicle information from DVLA

Check online to find out what information the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) holds about a vehicle.

You’ll need the vehicle’s registration number (number plate).

This service is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

Start now on the vehicle enquiry service

Before you start

You can use this service to check details about a vehicle, including:

  • vehicle tax - the current rate and when it expires
  • SORN status
  • when its MOT expires
  • the date it was first registered
  • last log book (V5C) issue date
  • year of manufacture
  • type approval category
  • weight
  • engine size
  • fuel type
  • emissions - CO2, real driving emissions level and European status
  • export status

Use ‘askMID’ to check if your vehicle is insured.

Information about registered keepers

You must write to DVLA to request information about the current or previous registered keeper of a vehicle.

Information about E10 petrol

There is a different service to check if your vehicle can run on E10 petrol.

Other ways to check a vehicle’s details

Contact DVLA to get the vehicle’s:

  • date of first registration
  • year of manufacture
  • engine size
  • CO2 emissions
  • colour
  • current vehicle tax rate
  1. Step 1 Check the vehicle before you buy it

    You'll need the vehicle's registration number, make, model and MOT test number. You also need to see the V5C vehicle registration certificate (log book).

    1. You are currently viewing: Check the details you've been given match DVLA's information
    2. Check the vehicle's MOT history
    3. Check if the vehicle has been recalled because of a safety issue
    4. Check the log book isn't for a stolen vehicle
  2. Step 2 Buy and register the vehicle

    Once you've bought the vehicle, you have to register it. How you register it depends on whether it has a V5C registration certificate (log book).

    1. Find out how to register your vehicle
    2. Get a vehicle log book if you don't have it £25
  3. and Register for MOT reminders

    You must get an MOT for your vehicle every year once it's 3 years old.

    1. Get a reminder when your MOT is due
  4. Step 3 Insure the vehicle

    You must have insurance before you can use your vehicle on the road.

    1. Check if your vehicle is insured on the Motor Insurance Database
    2. Read about vehicle insurance
  5. Step 4 Tax the vehicle