DVLA and Home Office utilise technology in roadside checks to confirm ID

Posted by AndrewT on 27th Jul 2021

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and the Home Office have developed technology which will enable police officers to get instant access to a driver’s photo at the roadside to confirm their identity whilst they deal with motoring offences. The technology is currently in use by 18 police forces with plans to roll out to a further 10 police forces across the UK in the coming weeks. The DVLA is working with the Home Office to roll-out the service to a total of 46 police forces across the UK. It was first piloted in August 2019 and since then 86,513 driver licence images have been accessed by the police to confirm the identity of a driver for motoring offences. Without the technology, it can take up to 16 minutes for officers to confirm a driver’s identity as the officer often needs to spend additional time validating the information given by the driver as the truth. In some cases this can result in an arrest as the motorist is brought to the station to complete the checks. The use of DVLA data in this context is confined to motoring offences. For more information see DVLA and Home Office bring latest tech to police roadside checks - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)