Vehicle ownership, approval and standards

MOTs and vehicle tax, manufacturing, modifying and testing vehicles for use on UK roads, buying and selling vehicles.


  1. Tax your vehicle

    Renew or tax your vehicle for the first time using a reminder letter, your log book, the 'new keeper's details' section of a log book - and how to tax if you don't have any documents

  2. Check the MOT history of a vehicle

    Check the MOT history of a vehicle from 2005 onwards, including if it passed or failed, its mileage and why it failed

  3. Check if a vehicle is taxed

    Check and report if a vehicle has up-to-date vehicle tax or is 'off road' (SORN)

  4. Check the MOT status of a vehicle

    Find out the MOT test status of a vehicle - check the date of the MOT test, the odometer reading (mileage) and the expiry date of an MOT test pass

  5. Get vehicle information from DVLA

    Check a vehicle's details, tax and SORN status and expiry dates on the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency (DVLA) database - online and telephone enquiries

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Vehicle tax rates (V149 and V149/1)
  2. Keeping commercial vehicles safe to drive (roadworthy)
  3. MOT inspection manual: cars and passenger vehicles
  4. MOT testing guide for test stations
  5. MOT inspection checklist: cars and passengers vehicles
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News and communications

  1. Roads update: 23 November 2018
  2. New MOT standards improving our air quality
  3. Green number plates for clean vehicles
  4. Checks for lorry emission cheats start across Great Britain
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Research and statistics

  1. Vehicle licensing statistics: September 2018
  2. All vehicles (VEH01)
  3. Vehicle licensing statistics: August 2018
  4. Cars (VEH02)
  5. Vehicle excise duty evasion statistics (VED)
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Regulating CO2 emission standards for new cars and vans if there's no Brexit deal
  2. Motor insurance alternatives: removal of deposit and security options
  3. Improving air quality: reducing emissions from machinery
  4. Road vehicles: improving air quality and safety
  5. Release of information from DVLA's registers
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Longer semi-trailer trial evaluation: annual report 2017
  2. Active MOT test stations
  3. The number of driving licence checks made by EDECS users
  4. Number of vehicles wheel clamped between July 2014 and February 2015
  5. The legislation that requires a vehicle keeper to surrender the Vehicle Excise Duty when selling the car
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