DVLA Search is a leading UK vehicle query service, providing over

40 million vehicle records. Fast, secure and easy to use.

Over 180 vehicle manufacturers, 5,300 models, 200k+ derivatives. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, motor homes, we have it all!

API Documentation

API Documentation

  • DVLA Search API service provides a simple and self-explanatory API for accessing detailed vehicle information.
  • Responses in JSON, a simple way to store information in an organised, easy-to-access manner.
  • Over 25 fields of vehicle information, MOT history and tyre data
  • Average response time of < 1 second
  • Free DVLA Search WordPress plugin on the official WordPress marketplace
How much does it cost

DVLA Search Costs

  • Priced on a pay as you go basis, no contracts or minimum monthly charges
  • No expiry date on the credits and automatic account alerts when account credits run low
  • Cheaper credits for bulk purchase
  • Only successful requests charged.
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  • Direct debit available.

We constantly validate and update our data

Using the latest resources to supply the most accurate and up to date information available. Our data sets are never more than 5 days out of date, which are aligned with the timelines of DVLA processing. Our DVLA API is used by hundreds of businesses across multiple platforms, whether it is mobile applications, web applications, EPOS systems, WordPress or even Microsoft Excel.

The service is simple to use allowing easy integration into any platform whether it be a web or mobile application and supports any language, for example .NET, Java, PHP, Perl or rich platforms like WordPress.

DVLA Search provide hundreds of clients with access to vehicle data. We handle tens of thousands of lookups every day with excellent response times. You can also see our service in action on the UK Vehicle Tax and MOT Android mobile application.

If you’re developing your site using WordPress, see our DVLA Search WordPress plugin on the official WordPress market place.

Access detailed vehicle information

Our API allows developers to access detailed vehicle information on UK registered vehicles, this includes:

  • Cars
  • Motorbikes
  • Vans
  • Motorhomes
  • HGVs
  • Private Licensed Vehicles / Taxis

We constantly validate and update our data, using the latest resources to supply the most accurate and up to date information available. Our data sets are never more than 5 days out of date, which are aligned with the timelines of DVLA processing.

Easy integration

The service is simple to use allowing easy integration into any platform whether it be a web or mobile application and supports any language, for example .NET, Java, PHP, Perl or rich platforms like WordPress. A free, fully active API key is available for testing. Use ‘DvlaSearchDemoAccount’ to start your free integration. Please note that the demo key is restricted to licence plates starting MT09 and FH51.

DVLA Search provide hundreds of clients with access to over 40 fields of vehicle data. We handle over 1 million requests every month to over 500 businesses. We have excellent response times throughout our service and have delivered 99.99% uptime. You can also see our service in action on the UK Vehicle Tax and MOT Android mobile application or checkout the free iPhone application that fully utilises our service and was developed by one of our clients.

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Information you can retrieve

Our VRM lookup API consists of five endpoints for retrieving vehicle information. You can search for vehicle information, MOT history records, tyre data, valuation data and industry standard codes such as CAP. All our endpoints just by issuing a licence plate / vehicle registration markup (VRM). We also provide a vehicle identification number (VIN) lookup service. Our service is easily integrated into web and mobile applications such as WordPress.

Field Description
make Make of the vehicle
model Model of the vehicle
sixMonthRate The six month cost of taxing the vehicle
twelveMonthRate The twelve month cost of taxing the vehicle
dateOfFirstRegistration The date the vehicle became registered with the DVLA
yearOfManufacture The year the vehicle was manufactured
cylinderCapacity The size of the engine in CC
co2Emissions The CO2 emissions
fuelType Fuel type. Diesel, petrol of electric
taxStatus A description about the tax status
colour vehicle colour
typeApproval confirmation that production samples of a design will meet specified performance standards
wheelPlan number of axles
revenueWeight maximum gross weight
taxDetails status and expiry date of the tax
motDetails mot status
taxed A boolean value (true or false) as to whether the vehicle has a valid tax
mot A boolean value (true or false) as to whether the vehicle has a valid MOT
vin A vehicle identification number commonly abbreviated to VIN or chassis number is a unique code including a serial number used by the automotive industry to identify individual motor vehicles towed vehicles motorcycles scooters and mopeds as defined in ISO 3833. VINs were first used in 1954.
transmission A transmission is a type of gearbox that can be "shifted" to dynamically change the speed-torque ratio such as in a vehicle.

Field Description
make Make of the vehicle
model Model of the vehicle
dateFirstUsed The date the vehicle became registered with the DVLA
fuelType The fuel type of the vehicle. Petrol, diesel or electric.
colour Colour of the vehicle
motTestReports Contains the MOT advisory and failure items. Contains two arrays, advisoryItems and failureItems. Empty arrays will be returned if there are no items in the report.

Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v2.0.
Field Description
make Make of the vehicle
model Model of the vehicle
year The year the vehicle was manufactured
width The width of the tyre in millimetres. A tyre marked 225 will measure 225mm across the tread from sidewall to sidewall.
ratio The aspect ratio or profile height of the tyre sidewall is expressed as a percentage of the tyre width. So an aspect ratio of 55 for example means that the profile height of the tyre is 55% of its width.
rim The size of the wheel rim that the tyre can be fitted to. It is also the diameter of the tyre from bead to bead. So a tyre marked 16 will fit on a 16-inch wheel rim.
speedRating The maximum speed capability of the tyre. Tyres receive a speed rating based on a series of tests which measure the tyres capability to handle a set speed for a prolonged period of time.
psi Tyre air pressure is measured in pressure per square inch (PSI)
loadIndex The maximum weight capability for the tyre