Vehicle Identity Check

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The Vehicle Identity Check (VIC) was a regulation concerning car ownership in the United Kingdom, in force between April 2003 and October 2015.

The VIC was introduced on 7 April 2003, and was created to prevent the illegal practice of vehicle cloning. The scheme was run jointly by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).[1]


The VIC applied only to cars, and was intended to ensure that a vehicle registration certificate (V5C) was not issued for a stolen or cloned vehicle taking the identity of a destroyed vehicle. When a car was written off by an insurance company as "category C" or higher,[2] then checking was required before a V5C could be issued.

Category D vehicles did not require inspection. The test, carried out by VOSA, determined whether or not a car presented was the same one that was listed against DVLA records. To apply for a check, a VIC1 form had to be completed and submitted to VOSA. A car bought with no V5C might also require a VIC, even if there had been no insurance claim, to confirm its identify before a new V5C was issued.

The VIC was not a check on any repairs carried out to the car, and did not certify its roadworthiness or mechanical safety, which was part of the MOT test.


Up to 2013, an estimated 900,000 vehicles had been tested under the scheme. However, only 38 "ringers" or cloned vehicles had been successfully identified.[3]

The VIC scheme closed on 26 October 2015.[4] Since then, the conditions for issue of a V5C are that the vehicle has obtained an MOT test certificate, be roadworthy, and have insurance.


  1. ^ "The Vehicle Identity Check (VIC) Scheme" (PDF). VOSA. November 2005.
  2. ^ Code of Practice for the Disposal of Motor Vehicle Salvage, Association of British Insurers, March 2007.
  3. ^ Sinclair, Julie (20 July 2012). "Cloned car scheme wastes millions". Auto Express.
  4. ^ "Vehicle approval, alteration and identity check data for Great Britain". DVLC. 4 December 2015, last updated 17 January 2017. Check date values in: |date= (help)