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Watch out for driving licence fraud

Unfortunately, there are people out there who want to steal your identity. I don't blame them: you're great. But having your personal details stolen is so not what you want.

DVLA email scam

Recently, drivers have received emails claiming to be from the DVLA, requesting confirmation of driving licence details.

In all the hoo-hah about tax discs, you could be forgiven for assuming this was just more legitimate confusion.

DVLA driving licence fraud

In actual fact, the confirmation link goes to an online form to collect the kind of personal information that can be used to access a bank account, or set up a credit card.

What to do

If you're unsure an email is from who it claims, contact the company directly to check.

Most government services (like changing your driving licence details) can be accessed online, at GOV.UK. If you've ever used one you'll have a Government Gateway User ID, which will be quoted in emails to you.

So that's 2 ways to know if a DVLA email is the real deal: if the action it's asking you to do is on GOV.UK and if it includes your Government Gateway User ID.


Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .

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ingenie is a car insurance brand for young drivers aged 17-25. We fit a black box in your car to assess your driving style. We'll review your policy 3 times a year and those who drive well could receive a discount.

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