Is there any way to find out the legal owner of a car please?

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Found 11th Sep 2011
As title is there any way to find out who the legal owner of a car is?
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Registered Keeper Vs Owner of a Car
It can be confusing to know the difference between a registered keeper and the legal owner of a vehicle. We’ll take a look at the some of the most common questions asked about car ownership in the UK.


Is there a difference between the registered keeper and the owner of a car?
Yes, the UK law states that the registered keeper of a car is the person whose name appears on the V5C document (commonly known as a log book). However, this is not proof of ownership of the vehicle (the DVLA actually state this on the V5C document itself). The registered keeper will have all communications from the DVLA and the police sent to them. The owner of the car is the person who bought it (or who the car was gifted to).

Can I find out who the registered keeper of a car is?
As an individual you can request information about a vehicle’s registered keeper from DVLA (using form v888 here) but only if you have a ‘reasonable cause’, which could mean finding out who was responsible for an accident, for tracing the owner of an abandoned vehicle or a vehicle parked on private land.
You can always ask the DVLA for information about you, your current vehicle or a vehicle that used to be registered in your name. This service is free of charge.


I own the car but my name is not on the V5C document, should I get this changed?
It depends on whether you are the main user of the vehicle or not. For example, if you are married and your spouse is the main user of the car then they should also be the registered keeper. Also, some insurance companies only insure the registered keeper of the vehicle. You must always tell your insurance company if you’re not named on the log book otherwise your insurance may be not be valid.

Can I change the address of the registered keeper?
Yes, in fact you must update your vehicle log book (V5C) if you change your address or name. It is a free service and you can be fined up to £1,000 if you don’t tell DVLA when your address changes. See what supporting evidence you need to send to the DVLA here.



I’ve just sold my car, what do I do with the logbook?
The first step is to give the green ‘new keeper’s details’ slip (V5C/2) from the log book to the buyer, then inform DVLA you’re no longer the registered keeper of the vehicle. You can do this by sending the V5C document back to the DVLA or by using their online service here.
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yes,crash into them
cant you apply via DVLA for owner details??
Why do you need this info? Only asking to advise best method.
As far as I am aware, the legal owner is not always the registered keeper so the DVLA search will only uncover the registered keeper will it not?
Edited by: "magicjay1986" 11th Sep 2011
I know you can't through insurance companies as they need the name of the driver to carry out a claim even with the reg plate. I'd be very surprised if the dvla would give out this information also. You probably need to find a copper who's willing to break the law.
If you have a valid reason you can obtain registered keeper details from dvla.
What's the reason? I can give you a site to see if they are insured and if so who with if that's what you need?
magicjay1986

As far as I am aware, the legal owner is not always the registered keeper … As far as I am aware, the legal owner is not always the registered keeper so the DVLA search will only uncover the registered keeper will it not?


^This. Only way is to ask the registered keeper direct and hope they don't lie
see first reply
I have a good reason to believe that the car was given to someone by an old man, he has now died and the car car is now not in use. Sorry cannot go into more details. Lets just say it was am expensive can and the person who was driving definitely could not afford to drive it. Seems strange that the car is now parked off road. If I was in that position I would have sold it.
The old sticking your beak into others business!

Safe to say the DVLA will not release the info based on that cock and bull story.
dimebars

The old sticking your beak into others business!Safe to say the DVLA will … The old sticking your beak into others business!Safe to say the DVLA will not release the info based on that cock and bull story.




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bluebindy123

I have a good reason to believe that the car was given to someone by an … I have a good reason to believe that the car was given to someone by an old man, he has now died and the car car is now not in use. Sorry cannot go into more details. Lets just say it was am expensive can and the person who was driving definitely could not afford to drive it. Seems strange that the car is now parked off road. If I was in that position I would have sold it.



you arent going to get alot of help here spouting pish
bluebindy123

I have a good reason to believe that the car was given to someone by an … I have a good reason to believe that the car was given to someone by an old man, he has now died and the car car is now not in use. Sorry cannot go into more details. Lets just say it was am expensive can and the person who was driving definitely could not afford to drive it. Seems strange that the car is now parked off road. If I was in that position I would have sold it.



I'd give the dvla a call and tell them exactly this. I'm sure they'll be pleased to help

Edited by: "forest2002" 11th Sep 2011
Unfortunately not a cock and bull story as the police are involved as a lot of money has been missapriately taken. I just wondered how anyone found out who the owner was. The person who the money was taken is a very close family.
What are you hoping to achieve? The car - expensive or not - was given to the person. What difference is there to you if they sold it or keep it off road?
The car was taken from a person who was over ninety by someone in their twenties. This why questions are being asked now. The police are concerned that a lot of money has gone missing and the person has been taken advantage of. Sorry nothing devious about this like some people think.
You know, why don't you just ask the person? You clearly know him/her
like it has been mentioned before, crash into them, if they run...you know why, if they dont maybe a good idea to call an ambulance
bluebindy123

The car was taken from a person who was over ninety by someone in their … The car was taken from a person who was over ninety by someone in their twenties. This why questions are being asked now. The police are concerned that a lot of money has gone missing and the person has been taken advantage of. Sorry nothing devious about this like some people think.



That's not what you said before

And if the police are already involved, leave them to it. Stop being a busy-body
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