DVLA Local Office Closures Consultation
The DVLA is proposing to close all 139 of its Local Offices - the place you go to register a kit car. A consultation period runs until March 6th, giving you an opportunity to air your views. If the closures go ahead, it's very important that the number of facilities offering kit car registrations doesn't decrease in number, and that the cost to do so does not rise. It's likely that commercial intermediaries will take on the job of kit car registrations. To make it easy for you to respond, we've written suggested answers from a kit car owner's point of view below. Just click here and copy and paste the answers.
1. Do you support the direction of the changes being proposed?
Yes, but only if the process of registering a kit car remains as easy and no more expensive than at present.
2. Do they raise issues for you and, if so, what are they?
Yes. Currently to register a kit car its chassis number and engine number must be inspected at a DVLA Local Office. I would not want to see a reduction in the number of facilities offering this service or an increase in its cost.
3a. What kind of services would you like to see being delivered through Electronic Services?
If possible, the registration of kit cars. Could the engine and chassis numbers be inspected by VOSA during the IVA test, allowing registration to be conducted electronically?
3b. What kind of services would you like to see being delivered through Intermediaries?
The registration of kit cars if it is not possible to do so electronically. These intermediaries must be at least as numerous as DVLA Local Offices and must not charge a first registration fee greater than it is at present.
4. What would be of most benefit to you?
5. If you don't currently use the DVLA's online services, why not?
6. Would you use electronic channels if access was provided through a local service or business operating as an intermediary?
7. If not, what other ways could we help you to use electronic services?
8. In view of the above, what problems would you foresee with centralisation of the functions currently provided by the DVLA's 39 Local Offices and 10 Enforcement Offices?
Greater difficulty and expense in first registration of a kit car.