- Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
- Part of:
- Vehicle testing, enforcement, approval and safety defect data
- 4 December 2015
- Last updated:
- 17 January 2017, see all updates
Statistical data sets about vehicle approvals, notifiable alterations and Vehicle Identity Checks.
About this data set
This data set comes from data held by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
It isn’t classed as an ‘official statistic’. This means it’s not subject to scrutiny and assessment by the UK Statistics Authority.
Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA)
You must apply for vehicle approval if you’ve built a vehicle, rebuilt a vehicle, radically altered a vehicle, reconstructed a classic vehicle or imported a vehicle.
You can use the IVA scheme if you’re making or importing a single vehicle or a very small number of vehicles in the following categories:
- passenger cars
- goods vehicles
- buses and coaches
- special purpose vehicles, eg vehicles specially designed to hold a wheelchair
Motorcycle Single Vehicle Approval (MSVA)
You must also use the MSVA scheme if your vehicle has been radically altered or built using a mixture of parts from previously registered vehicles. For example:
- amateur built vehicles
- rebuilt vehicles
- vehicles converted to a different wheelplan
You have to tell DVSA if you make changes to the specification of a heavy goods vehicle or public service vehicle.
Vehicle Identity Check (VIC)
If a car was written off by an insurance company, a ‘VIC marker’ was placed against the DVLA record.
If you bought a car that had a VIC marker, you couldn’t get a V5C vehicle registration certificate (log book) until the car had passed a VIC.
The VIC scheme closed on 26 October 2015.
Published: 4 December 2015
Updated: 17 January 2017
- Updated with data for April 2015 to March 2016.
- First published.