Policy paper

DVLA privacy policy

This privacy notice explains how DVLA processes your personal data. In particular, it explains how we collect, use, disclose, transfer and store your data.



DVLA aims to comply with all applicable data protection laws when processing your personal information. These laws are in place to safeguard your personal information and include measures covering data security, your rights regarding your personal data, and the use and disclosure of your data.

Further information on the standards you can expect from us is set out in our personal information charter.

Published 24 May 2018
Last updated 29 September 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated section 13.

  2. Additional information added under point 1.

  3. Updated Data Protection address

  4. Updated sections 4, 5, 11, 12 and added a new section 13.

  5. Added a new section to the document under number 14.

  6. Additional information added at the end of point 3.

  7. Amendment to address for subject access requests.

  8. More links to privacy information added.

  9. New section 11 added

  10. Updated section 5 and added new section 11 (Charging Clean Air Zones).

  11. Updated number of driver records we hold.

  12. Update to DVLA privacy policy document.

  13. Updated information.

  14. Section 3 updated

  15. Privacy policy updated

  16. Update to Welsh version

  17. Updated information about V5C Registration Certificate.

  18. Introduction updated.

  19. Section 9: 'When you buy a private (personalised) registration number' - 'What information we collect' section updated.

  20. Trailer registration information added.

  21. Attachment updated.

  22. Added translation

  23. First published.