DVLA history information change.

I regret to announce that DVLA have changed the criteria for obtaining details of previous registered owners of vehicles, and will no longer release full history information to the current owner of a vehicle.

What does this change mean to you?

This means that you can no longer obtain a copy of your car’s history from DVLA. We have taken this issue up with the Federation of British Historic Motor Vehicle Clubs who have sought clarification from DVLA as this obviously affects the whole historic car movement. DVLA have redefined ‘Reasonable Cause’ for accessing vehicle records, and the response from DVLA to the specific query from the FBHVC was that a request from the current registered keeper of a vehicle for details of previous registered keepers of that vehicle for the purpose of researching its history was NOT considered to be ‘reasonable cause’.

You can see what DVLA defines as ‘Reasonable Cause’ by looking at their website at www.gov.uk/request-information-from-dvla

DVLA made no announcement of this amendment to their policy, and I’m grateful to member Robin Allum for bringing it to my attention.

Keith Vincent