Privacy at the forefront as DVLA portal goes live

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 13:00
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New online ‘View Driving Licence’ service allows drivers to check personal records online

With the DVLA’s new online ‘View Driving Licence’ service going live earlier this month, Licence Bureau is reminding companies and individuals alike to remain vigilant when using the service.

The DVLA’s new service allows individuals to instantly check their driving record online by entering in their details. However, using the service to check on colleague or employee records may constitute a breach of privacy, unless they have been given permission by the employee to carry this out.

All-drivers can now check their individual driving licence record with the new DVLA service at www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence.

Employers and companies can be sure they are complying with privacy legislation when checking driver records by using organisations such as Licence Bureau. MOTs, Insurance, Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) and Eyesight and Health are other complementary checks which can be arranged which further add value to full employee driver compliance.

Organisations such as these are approved by the DVLA to handle such data and we are reminding employers that they must go through official channels.

DVLA will launch a new online service for companies next year, allowing employers access to driver’s records (with the data subject to consent) for additional convenience, reporting and checks.

Malcolm Maycock, Managing Director of Licence Bureau Ltd said, “Moving these services online is a huge step into the 21st century, adding security whilst reducing time when accessing and updating records. It may be tempting for companies to see this new portal as an additional check, but in doing so they are breaching privacy laws.”

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