Over the last few months we’ve had a number of people asking questions about the View Driving Licence (VDL) service, hopefully this blog should go some way to answering these questions.
The purpose of VDL is to allow driving licence holders to view their own driver details online.
Only the licence holder is entitled to access the service as it’s a criminal offence to obtain someone else’s personal information without their permission, covered by the Data Protection Act 1998.
Third party access which is secure and convenient
At the moment third parties can access driver data using DVLA’s existing channels. This includes electronic data links through commercial intermediaries, our premium rate phone line, in writing to DVLA or by asking the driving licence holder to show their physical licence.
We’re currently engaging with stakeholders to develop a range of new, secure and convenient data enquiry services that will meet their needs. These services are being developed with the appropriate assurance framework in place to protect driver information security.
Over the coming months, driving licence holders who use VDL to access their driver details will do so via the new GOV.UK Verify service. GOV.UK Verify is the new way for people to prove who they are when using digital services. The service will authenticate users based on a number of identity questions and allow them to set up a unique account so they can access other government services. In time GOV.UK Verify will become the only way to access VDL.
If you have any queries, please post a question in the comments section below.