The way vehicle registration and licensing services are delivered in Northern Ireland is to be modernised and put on a par with services available to operators in Great Britain.
The administration of vehicle registration and licensing services in Northern Ireland (NI) will be transferred to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and centralised in Swansea before the end of the year.
There will be an increase in the number of services available to NI customers due to centralisation, with vehicle data held at Swansea. There will also be access to DVLA’s online vehicle tax service, allowing operators to tax a vehicle or declare a vehicle off the road 24 hours a day, seven days a week online.
DVLA’s fleet scheme will be made available to fleet operators in NI and the movement of vehicles between NI and GB will be simplified. It also means that 175 Post Office branches across NI will offer an enhanced range of licensing transactions.
However, DVA offices will no longer offer vehicle registration and licensing services, either in person or by post and some services currently provided by the DVA will be delivered differently in future.