Updating and checking car details online

Updating and checking car details online

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
  • colour
  • 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.