https://dvladigital.blog.gov.uk/2014/05/29/making-vehicle-information-clearer/

Making vehicle information clearer

Alongside the Tax Disc and SORN betas that we launched in February, we also released an updated version of our Vehicle Enquiry Service.

This service lets you find out information about a vehicle such as its Vehicle excise duty rates, fuel type and CO2 emissions.

As we've looked at our data, we've noticed that lots of users are trying to find out if a vehicle is taxed. So we've made this information clearer and put it right at the top of the page along with the expiry date.

Where we have it, we're now showing the MOT status of the vehicle as well.

We'll keep monitoring how people use the service and make improvements where we can. Our colleague Natalie will also be writing about the other work going on in the vehicle enquiry space soon.

Vehicle enquiry changes side-by-side
Vehicle enquiry changes side-by-side

9 comments

  1. Jonathon Valentine

    Hey, love the service, very useful, wondering if will there be an API for this or this data available through data.GOV

    Great work though guys!

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  2. Dafydd Vaughan

    Hi Jonathon,

    Thanks for the feedback & glad you like the service. We don't currently have an API for the data, but it's one of the things we're considering adding in a future development.

    Regards,

    Dafydd

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    • Sina Bahrami

      It would be great if you can open up an API to this data source. Doesn't have to be anything complicated. We give VRM, and get back a JSON with car data.

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  3. PETE

    now we can not visually tell a vehicle has road tax how can we check online the vehicle has insurance

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    • DVLA digital comms team

      Hi Pete, any person may check the tax status of any vehicle by using DVLA’s Vehicle Enquiry System. The vehicle enquiry system can be accessed by visiting http://ownvehicle.askmid.com

      You can check if a vehicle is insured by going to http://ownvehicle.askmid.com and search using the vehicle registration number.

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  4. Sunil

    We have an Expense management software, where we ask under the "Duty of Care" functionality information from the employee about their Car Registration details, Licence, MOT, Insurance and tax disc. Employees have to scan copies into the software and these are checked online by our staff.

    Is there an API (or an API for part of the data), which we can link into, thus reducing this checking work ?

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    • DVLA digital comms team

      DVLA are looking into the feasibility of developing an API for vehicle data. Once more information and a timeframe is available, we'll communicate via our usual channels.

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  5. Ali

    Hi, If there is currently no API, how do compare the market get this information from you? We'd like to do it in the same way

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