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MG MGA - Useful Websites for Historic Vehicle Owners

Dear All

I found this posted by Steve Gyles on the MGA Bulletin Board. It's a note from the Federation of British Historical Vehicle Clubs. It was circulated by the MGCC and like Steve I thought it might be of interest to Y owners in the UK

Useful Websites for Historic Vehicle Owners:

With the demise of the tax disc fast approaching, we thought it useful to recap some of the online sources of data about your vehicle, which owners/keepers/drivers can check themselves for free at any time. Over the past ten years, DVLA have made a range of data available for people to use for free, some about their own vehicle, others available for anyone to use. In addition to checking all the vintage vehicles you own, do note that these links are also useful to check a work pool car/hire car that you may be asked to drive.

1. What marque does the DVLA think your vehicle is? Visit and enter your registration plate, then click 'buy now' but note you are NOT committing to a transaction. The next screen will give three pieces of information: make (in DVLA speak, and note any spaces), year of manufacture, and engine size in cc. There is also a field 'model' which only seems to be populated on certain more recent vehicles. Do note that it is important to type this marque exactly as it appears into the next website. Checking three similar Ford Cargo trucks of the 1980s shows marques recorded as FORD, IVECO-FORD and IVECO FORD (the latter with a space).

2. Does DVLA think your car has Vehicle Excise Duty and an MOT? is a new site, currently in beta, which allows you to click the green 'check now' then enter registration number and vehicle make, and click search. You are then presented with two coloured boxes. On the left we have VED status (the options are taxed until xx xx/SORN/untaxed expired xx xx) and on the right we have MOT status. The options here appear to be (tick) 'MOT expiry date xx xx', (cross) 'no MOT expired xx xx', or 'no details held by DVLA'

There are some limitations with this beta site and FBHVC has given feedback to DVLA on the problems encountered. DVLA are currently addressing these issues.

3. Previous MOT attempts can be checked at to use this service you need the registation mark, and either the serial number of the most recent pass/fail certificate or the reference number from the most recently issued V5C. This allows you to view all fail and advisory items from previous MOT attempts, all at a glance.

4. Insurance status can be verified at there is a free check intended for vehicle owners/drivers, as well as the option to pay

Apologies guys I lifted this from Steve Gyles notes to include on the Y register site.

Unfortunately, I made an error transferring the information so it repeats on the same site what Steve has already posted. Many apologies!


Steve Gyles

This thread was discussed on 19/08/2014

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