Changes to insurance checks when taxing a vehicle

11th December 2013

This week the  DVLA announced the roll out of the changes to the check for insurance when taxing a vehicle as part of a range of measures to cut red tape for motorists.

From Monday, 16 December 2013, the requirement to check the insurance status of a vehicle when, and only when, obtaining road tax (first registration or renewal) will be abolished

This follows a formal consultation process and legislation through Parliament with the appropriate Statutory Instrument.

It is important that you share this news with your front line staff and partners in your supply chain to make sure they are able to give up to date information to policyholders and customers about how the checks will be done in future.

Insurance is still a legal requirement (unless it has been declared off road with a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) and the systematic checks that are done as part of Continuous Insurance Enforcement – which was introduced in mid-2011 will still continue to be done. This is where the DVLA keeper and Motor Insurance Database records are compared and letters are sent to registered keepers who appear to have no insurance.

You may find the following links useful:

• For a short YouTube video about the changes being introduced by DVLA:

• The DVLA press release on

• More information on and

There will be small changes made to the V11 document which will be introduced in early 2014. These are highlighted in the attachments.

• V11 current
• V11 new

If you have any further question please do not hesitate to contact me.

Graeme Trudgill
Executive Director