About us

What we do

We maintain registers of drivers and vehicles in Great Britain. This information helps us improve road safety, reduce vehicle related crime, support environmental initiatives and limit vehicle tax evasion.


We are responsible for:

  • maintaining records of licensed drivers and registered vehicles
  • issuing licences to drivers and the maintenance of the vehicle driving entitlements
  • maintaining records of driver endorsements, disqualifications and medical conditions
  • issuing registration certificates to vehicle keepers
  • collecting and enforcing vehicle excise duty (also known as road tax and the road fund licence)
  • helping the police and intelligence authorities deal with vehicle related crime
  • registering and issuing tachograph cards
  • issuing vehicle registration marks
  • selling attractive vehicle registration marks (also known as personalised registrations)
  • selling anonymised data
  • limiting vehicle tax evasion to no more than 1%


From 2012 to 2013, our priorities will be:

  • to reduce personal and economic loss from road accidents through improved road safety
  • to reduce vehicle related crime
  • to reduce harm to the environment caused by vehicles

Who we are

We are an executive agency of the Department for Transport (DfT) employing around 5,543 staff, located in Swansea.

Corporate information

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