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Changes to vehicle registration and licensing services in Northern IrelandBack

DvlaStephen Hammond MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, has announced this week that the administration of vehicle registration and licensing services in Northern Ireland (NI) will be transferred to DVLA and centralised in Swansea.

This, together with the planned introduction of enhanced electronic services in NI, will provide parity of service across the UK and ensure NI motorists have access to additional services that are not currently available to them.

These changes will take effect before the end of 2014 and will change the way vehicles are registered and taxed from that date.

The changes will include:

  • Access to DVLA’s online vehicle tax service. This will allow NI motorists to tax a vehicle or declare their vehicle off the road 24 hours a day, seven days a week online.
  • Improved face-to-face services for motorists at around 175 Post Office® branches across NI, some with Saturday opening, which will offer an enhanced range of licensing transactions.
  • NI customers will be able to purchase NI and GB personalised registration numbers through DVLA’s Personalised Registration sales scheme.
  • DVLA’s fleet scheme will be made available to fleet operators in NI.
  • Movement of vehicles between NI and GB will be simplified.
  • The facility to retain NI registration numbers will be introduced. This will allow NI customers to hold a registration number on a Certificate of Entitlement, for future assignment to an alternative vehicle.
  • The transfer of registration numbers between NI and GB vehicles will be streamlined, creating a UK wide market for NI and GB cherished number dealers.
  • Data services will be harmonised, allowing customers with a right to access vehicle and keeper information to obtain GB and NI data from a single source.
  • DVA offices will no longer offer vehicle registration and licensing services, either face to face or by post and additionally, some services currently provided by the DVA will be delivered differently in future, in line with services already available in GB

More detailed information will be made available over the coming months. In the meantime please continue to register and tax your vehicles the way you do today.

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Posted by Sue Robinson on 14/03/2014