Use these links to GOV.UK to keep details about your car up to date: if you don’t update them when necessary, you could be breaking the law. You can also use GOV.UK to check a vehicle’s details such as its past MOT tests and whether it has a vehicle identity check (VIC) marker.
If you're buying a second-hand car, use the advice and tools on GOV.UK to make sure it hasn’t been stolen.
If you know the make of a vehicle and its registration number, you can use the DVLA vehicle online service to find out
- when its tax is due to expire
- the date that a statutory off-road notification (SORN) expires
- the date it was first registered
- engine size
- year of manufacture
- CO2 emissions
- current vehicle tax rate.
Whenever a vehicle is bought or sold, the vehicle tax needs to be paid by the person receiving it before they drive it. The seller gets a refund for any tax they have paid for beyond the date ownership changed. For more information, see: www.gov.uk/vehicletaxrules
Follow this guide to report your vehicle stolen and claim a vehicle tax refund.
The fee for the annual MOT test depends on the class of vehicle. See GOV.UK for a full list of MOT test fees.
You can also check a vehicle’s MOT test history and its current MOT test status on GOV.UK.
If a car is written off by an insurance company, the insurer will tell DVLA so a vehicle identity check marker ('VIC marker') can be put on the vehicle record.
Find out more about the vehicle identity check at GOV.UK.
You can apply for a vehicle identity check: if the car passes the check, you’ll be able to tax it.
If you’re getting a vehicle identity check done, you can find your nearest VIC site on GOV.UK.