1. Overview

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) have merged to form the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

All vehicles need to be approved to make sure they meet certain safety and environmental standards.

Normally, the manufacturer or importer will take care of this.

However, your vehicle might not have approval, and you might need to apply for it. Examples of when this might happen include if you’ve:

There are different ways you can get approval for a single or small number of vehicles:

Type approval

This is to get approval for a type of vehicle instead of having each individual vehicle approved.

Help with type approval enquiries

Contact the DVSA if you need help or information about:

  • IVA
  • SVA
  • MSVA

Telephone: 0300 123 9000

Contact the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) if you need help or information about:

  • Mutual Recognition scheme

Telephone: 0300 330 5797

Find out about call charges.

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