Would you like to know how to use a registration number to trace the owner of a vehicle?
You could have been informed that only the police and the DVLA have access to this information. This guide will explain the rules regarding access to confidential information held on the DVLA Swansea database.
There are generally two reasons why somebody may want to trace the owner of a vehicle. The first reason relates to the actual registration number. A person would like to be reunited with the registration mark of the first car or motorbike they owned.
The first reason relates to the actual registration number: e.g. a person wants to trace the registration mark of their first car or motorbike.
Or, a registration number could have a personal significance to an individual or a member of their family: e.g. John David Firth sees a vehicle drive past him with the personalised number plate 5 JDF. He is keen to get in touch with the owner of the vehicle registered as 5 JDF to ask if the owner is interested in selling the number plate.
If your reason for contacting the owner of a car is primarily to discover if they would like to part with their personalised registration, this would not be viewed as a valid reason for the DVLA to disclose information. There are however some occurrences when information about a car or the owner may be released. The decision depends on whether you can show ‘reasonable cause’ to need the requested information.
Information about vehicles and their owners in Great Britain is held by the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) at their headquarters in Swansea. This confidential information is protected by the Data Protection Act.
So, what is considered ‘reasonable cause’ to obtain information from the DVLA?
So, what is considered ‘reasonable cause’ to obtain information from the DVLA? A valid reason could be if you were hit by a vehicle and the driver failed to stop. Or if the driver of the motor vehicle did stop, but gave you false information.
Both of these situations may qualify as ‘reasonable cause’ to apply for otherwise protected information for the purpose of tracing the owner of the vehicle that hit you. You would need to have the correct registration number for the car you wanted to trace in order to correctly start the procedure.
Another example could be if you were the victim of a crime which the police did not want to investigate. Some fraud cases are not considered to be important enough to investigate, especially when the crime only occurred because of the victim’s own foolishness. If you happened to find out the registration number of the fraudster’s car you could attempt to get information about the owner from the DVLA.
If having read this guide you feel you may have a genuine reason to obtain information about a vehicle, the correct procedure is to complete DVLA form V888 – Request by an individual for information about a vehicle.
DVLA Form V888 is available for download from the official website of the DVLA. Search one of the major search engines for the phrase ‘DVLA form V888′.
Please remember, you are not supposed to use this form to trace the owner of your ideal personalised number plates. That is not considered ‘reasonable cause’ to release confidential data to the public.
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