In the United Kingdom, The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, or DVLA, is the organization of the UK Government that bears the responsibility of maintaining the data base of vehicles and drivers in the country. The Irish counterpart is the Driver and Vehicle Agency. In the United States, the function of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is borne by state Department of Motor Vehicles.
In addition to maintaining the data base, the other responsibility of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is to collect the DVLA car tax. This DVLA tax is sometimes also known as the Vehicle Excise Duty, the road tax, or the road fund license.
After the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency introduced the Electronic Vehicle Licensing program, the DVLA car tax can be paid over the phone or online. However, many individuals in the United Kingdom continue to elect to pay their DVLA tax through the Post Office.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is based in Swansea, in southern Wales, and has offices throughout the United Kingdom.
In addition to collecting money associated with the DVLA car tax, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency may also collect money from individuals who want to purchase private number license plates for their cars.