You can find the number of previous keepers listed on the registration document on the front page under section 2 (No. of former keepers).
If you need to check the number of previous keepers for a vehicle that you don’t own or don’t have access to the registration document, you can purchase a car history check to check this online.
If you’re looking to find the name and address of the previous keeper of your own vehicle, you can look at the V5C registration document for your vehicle.
The details of the last keeper are listed on the front page of the document under section 2 (The previous registered keeper).
You’ll need to contact the DVLA directly if you’re looking to trace the owner of a car using just the vehicle registration.
Unless you have a reasonable reason for needing this, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to see this information.
If you have access to the registration document, the register keeper can be found on the front page of the V5C.
Alternatively, you can complete form V888/2A to request this information.
If you have access to the registration document for the vehicle, you can find this number of the front page.
In situations where you don’t have access to the V5C, for example, if you’ve lost the registration document or are looking to check someone else’s vehicle, you can purchase a car history check for £2.99 which will reveal the number of previous keepers recorded against a vehicle.
If you’re looking to find personal information about the owner of a vehicle, you’ll need to contact the DVLA directly. You can fill out a V888 form to request this information.
Only the DVLA will be able to provide the names or addresses of previous keepers of a vehicle.
You’ll also need to prove that you have an adequate reason for accessing this information before you’ll be given any private details. It could be that you are looking to trace an abandoned vehicle, find someone who caused damage to your property, or trace someone who drove off from a petrol station without paying.
Without a valid reason, you’ll be unable to access any personal details.
You can check how long each keeper had the vehicle by purchasing a car history check.
In most cases, you’ll be able to see the dates on which each owner bought and sold the vehicle, along with the amount of time that they had the vehicle in their possession.
While a high number of previous owners could be completely normal, it could indicate potential problems with a vehicle in some circumstances. It may be worth performing further investigation if you’re looking to purchase a used vehicle that’s changed hands regularly.