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The DVLA Websites: Look Up Your Car

The registration plate archive for UK cars, bikes and vans registered between 1903 and 2001

Track Down Your Old Car! Find Out If It's Still Around
🚗 Find Out Everything You Can About A Used Vehicle

The DVLA are the source of most of the information you can get about vehicles. They have two websites that you can get information form - the Vehicle Enquiry Service and the Vehicle MOT History.

Vehicle Enquiry Service

This is the better of the two DVLA websites. Given just the registration plate you can find out a lot of information about the vehicle, for free.

Head over to:


and enter your registration number. You'll then be asked to confirm the manufacturer and colour of the vehicle.

Introductory page of the DVLA vehicle checker

The DVLA site will now tell you two basic but vital pieces of information:

  1. When the vehicle's tax was either last due or is due, and
  2. When the vehicle's MOT expired or will expire.
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  12. Contacting The DVLA For Car Information

Just tell us about your favourite car. Was it your first car? Did you drive it to festivals or around Britain? Did it have a name? Tell us your memories and we'll publish the best ones on RegArchive.

Don't forget to tell us the car registration number or we can't publish it.

RegArchive is the online archive for all UK vehicle registration plates. Use the search box above or below to see if your car, bike, van or other vehicle has been added with photos and comments. If not, consider uploading your car photos and/or add comments and memories - it's easy and free.