0800 2797944
  • Birmingham 01217962342
  • Coventry 02477710040
  • Derby 01332497138
  • Guildford 01483663350
  • Hinckley 01455249446
  • Leicester 01162626037
  • Melton Mowbray 01664491730
  • Northampton 01604215928
  • Oxford 01865686330
  • Peterborough 01733796190
  • St Albans 01727223408
  • Slough 01895379940
Book your DCPC courses online Course Calculator Latest News

Research at DVLA

An overview of research being undertaken by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport (DfT). DVLA is responsible for managing the collection of data holding over 48 million driver records and over 40 million vehicle records.
The agency continues to hold the Customer Service Excellence standard for its service to customers.
The DVLA has conducted user research since 2008 using a wide range of research methods, from traditional surveys to in-depth interviews, focus groups and targeted usability or prototype testing. Technology, customer behaviour and the way they offer their services has changed significantly during this time they know from our customers that they want modern processes which allow increased flexibility in the way services are delivered.
At the DVLA they’re committed to developing excellent services for their customers that are both meaningful to them, and easy to use. In order to properly understand what the customers expect from DVLA services they carry out extensive research, some of which can be found below.
Information about research projects funded by the department is available at research at DVLA.

Current work
DVLA are currently working on these surveys:
• DVLA motoring
• view vehicle record fleets
• view driving licence and share driving licence
• plug-in vehicle grant
• monthly customer satisfaction
• mail seeding exercise
• driver licence online
• Blue Badge scheme
• workplace charging scheme voucher (beta)
• driver validation services (DVS)
• driving licence services
• assessing fitness to drive
• ‘Your DVLA’
• Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

The DVLA works closely with stakeholders, customers and other interested parties to ensure that they’re providing products and services that suit their needs. This page will show developments on various projects, feedback and actions taken as a result. Where no action is taken an explanation will be provided.

To take part in further research

DVLA is looking for volunteers to join its online research panel. The panel has been set up to gain customer insight on driver and vehicle related products and services.
If you’re over 16 and are interested in being part of this panel, or want more information, please e-mail:

The DVLA are committed to delivering services for our customers that are both meaningful to them and easy to use. To better understand what customers, expect from them, they’re carrying out extensive research. This includes visiting and talking with stakeholders and citizens from all over the UK who use our services.
This ongoing insight with customers will enable them to understand people’s reasons for interacting with them and their preferences around how they choose to do so.
DVLA will use the feedback gathered to help design and improve their services.