The main tasks of DVLA

DVLA is UK’s driver and vehicle licencing agency and as such it handles tons of tasks all related to owning and driving a vehicle. In this article we will enlist the key tasks performed by DVLA and will tell you a few words about the application process.

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Key tasks of DVLA

Payment of vehicle related taxes – you can find all tax related documentation on the official website of DVLA or you can call the dvla contact number along with the release of new tax laws which are effective from 2017 beginning of tax year. Tax can be paid by debit or credit card and owners must ensure that the vehicle book and the new keeper’s details must show the owner’s name and data.

Making a SORN:

this means the process which every owner must do when they want to taking the vehicle off the road. This process is important if you have a car you do not wish to use either because of its physical state or because of other factors and you do not wish to pay vehicle tax or have the responsibility of having to take it to exam.

Management of Driving Licenses:

DVLA takes care of all driving license related tasks which means the application of driving licenses, documenting all changes or modifications regarding the driving license. If your driving license is lost or stolen it’s here you need to report it. If you extend your license it’s also DVLA you need to inform.

Changing in address:

if your postal address has changed you need to report it to DVLA as soon as possible. This is very important because you need to receive all driving license, tax and vehicle related paperwork.


this means the extensive overall examination every vehicle needs to go through after a given period of time. The period of time changes depending on the type and age of the exact vehicle. MOT is registered in the car’s papers and in lack of a valid MOT you will be instantly fined by the police.

Viewing/sharing driving license:

if you want to view someone’s or your own driving license then your can do it on the website of DVLA. The information also contains someone’s driving record, the number or lack of penalty points and other potentially important data too. You will need the driving license number and the national insurance number to be able to obtain this information.

DVLA has other key tasks too apart from the ones enlisted above.

Please be aware that the physical DVLA offices are only scarcely available as there has been a large transition to move most of the documentation and management on-line. This way everyone can view and request documents online. If you need any further information please call the DVLA helpline number.

It’s also important to note that DVLA does not deal with any such cases which are under the responsibility of the police. These include stolen cars, damaged cars and driving related criminal charges as well. For more information and further documentation please visit the official website of DVLA.


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