The DVLA is a Government Agency within the Department of Transport. It was established to administer driver, licence and vehicle details within Great Britain. All vehicle transactions are carried out by DVLA Swansea. DVLA is an acronym for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.
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The DVLA - A Few Facts
- The DVLA’s head office is in Swansea, South Wales including a huge computer centre in Swansea Vale.
- The DVLA hold the details of around 40 million driver and 30 million vehicle licences!
- The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre or DVLC had to computerise about 13 million paper vehicle records, along with 15 million paper driver records!
- Its forerunner the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre was established in 1973 to centralise and computerise the vehicle and driver records then held on paper across 183 separate UK Local Authorities!
- DVLA is an abbreviation of Driver And Vehicle Licensing Agency.
- DVLA have generated £2.5 billion for the treasury since 1989, selling approximately five million registrations
As well as maintaining a database of licensed drivers and registered vehicles, the DVLA handles the issue of driving licences, adds endorsements and penalty points issued by the courts, issues and transfers vehicle registrations, but one of its main functions is the arrangement of collection of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED, also known as ‘Road Tax’ and Road Fund License) and of course sells private registrations (DVLA Number Plates)
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) said it sold 374,968 plates in the 2016/17 year – 39,968 more than in the previous year 2015/16.