The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is responsible for maintaining a database of drivers and vehicles in Great Britain.

The agency organises collection of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), issues driving licences, and helps police and intelligence authorities deal with vehicle related crime.

The DVLA is an executive agency within the Department for Transport. It is based in Swansea, South Wales, with a network of offices around Great Britain.

DVLA priorities 2012-2013:

  • To reduce personal and economic loss from road accidents through improved road safety.
  • To reduce vehicle-related crime.
  • To reduce harm to the environment caused by vehicles.

Services provided to the DVLA include:

  • debt collection activity for unpaid VED and late licensing penalties;
  • encouraging compliance with relicensing and Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN); and
  • contributing to improved record accuracy by prompting registered keepers to notify DVLA of changes.

For more information on the DVLA, please visit their website.