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Change at DVLA negates car owners' need to show motor insurance

Motorists will no longer need motor insurance policies to be checked when getting their vehicle tax.

The change, announced today by Roads Minister Robert Goodwill, is part of a package of measures to get rid of unnecessary red tape.

The changes to insurance checks have been made possible because DVLA regularly checks existing databases for insurance under Continuous Insurance Enforcement rules. DVLA's records are compared regularly with the Motor Insurance Database to identify registered keepers of vehicles that have no insurance.

The changes, which come into force from 16 December 2013, also mean that motorists will only need to tell DVLA once when they declare their vehicle off the road.

Currently, motorists who make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) have to renew their SORN every year.

Last year, around 4 million SORNs were made, with over 1 million of those repeat renewals.

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