Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
Freedom of Information Team
[DVLA request email]
[FOI #42840 email]
19 August 2010
Dear Mr Swift Freedom of Information Request
Thank you for your e-mail of 28 July requesting information under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA).
1. What was the cost of introducing the new style V5C that was issued following
the 2001 loss/theft of registration documents? This should include but not be
restricted to the cost of design, printing and distribution.
This information is not held as a new style V5C was not issued following the 2001
theft. The V5C was not re-designed due to the 2001 theft of registration documents
but was a planned introduction to comply with EC Directive 2001/127/EC. This
Directive sought to harmonise the information contained on vehicle registration
documents throughout EU Member States.
2. How many vehicle registrations were attempted using stolen V5C documents,
those from the 2001 theft?
We are aware of approximately 600 cases where documents were received by
DVLA and Post Office or have been received by DVLA after being retrieved by the
3. How many of the 2001 stolen V5C documents have been recovered?
See the response to request number 2 above.
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4. How many vehicle registrations have been attempted to date using stolen V5C
documents, those from the 2006 theft?
This information is not held. However, we are currently aware of 2,764 stolen
documents that have come to light.
This figure can be broken down as 2,145 notifications from or via the DVLA’s
Vehicle Customer Services department while the remaining 619 notifications came
from or via police sources.
5. How many of the 2006 stolen V5C documents have been recovered to date?
To date 2,764 stolen V5Cs have come to DVLA’s attention.
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