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Background Information On DVLNI

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland (DVLNI) was established as an Executive Agency within the Department of the Environment (DOE) on 2 August 1993.

The Agency is responsible for licensing drivers (including taxi drivers) and vehicle operators in Northern Ireland and also, under the terms of a formal agency agreement between the DOE and the Department of  Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR), for the registration and licensing of vehicles and the collection and enforcement of vehicle excise duty in Northern Ireland. However the primary responsibility for the detection of vehicle excise duty evasion lies with the Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI).

The Agency's Framework Document sets out our relationship with the DOE, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and the DTLR in GB and explains our accountability to Ministers, Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The work of DVLNI is broadly equivalent to that carried out by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and Transport Area Networks (TAN) and local authorities in Great Britain. We are the sole driver, vehicle and vehicle operator licensing authority in Northern Ireland and the following services are provided by the Agency: -

  • Driver licensing
  • Taxi licensing
  • Freight Operator licensing
  • Vehicle registration
  • Vehicle licensing
  • Freight Vehicle Licensing
  • Public Service Vehicle Licensing
  • The collection of Vehicle Excise Duty
  • The enforcement of Vehicle Excise Duty
  • The transfer of cherished registration marks between vehicles
  • The sale by auction and tender of valuable registration marks
  • Road Service Operator Licensing


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