If a vehicle has been seized, it may be reclaimed by the person who was the owner or the DVLA Registered Keeper of the vehicle at the time it was seized.

Before the vehicle will be returned, the owner or keeper must comply with certain legal requirements. Each of these requirements must be complied with on receipt of the seizure notice, which will have been given to the driver at the roadside or sent to the Registered Keeper by post.

Following the seizure, a letter will be sent by recorded delivery to the Registered Keeper. If not recovered, the vehicle will be disposed of 15 days after the letter was posted in line with the Road Traffic Act (Retention and Disposal of Seized Motor Vehicles) Regulations 2005

The advice contained in the documents below apply in respect of seizures carried out by officers of Wiltshire Police. Please read them carefully before attending the designated Police Enquiry Office to reclaim your vehicle.

Where this advice refers to the 'keeper', or 'Registered Keeper' this is the person or organisation which was registered at DVLA as the keeper on the day the vehicle was seized. Where the advice refers to the 'owner', this is the person or organisation who/which can provide verifiable evidence that they were the owner of the vehicle at the time the vehicle was seized.

Once the conditions relating to the production of documentation have been complied with, a release notice will be given to you explaining what has to be done next. The vehicle compound will be notified of the release by us automatically and will be provided with details of the person to whom the vehicle may be released. This must be taken to the compound named on the notice. The compound will not release the vehicle unless this document is produced.

Before release, the compound will wish to see photographic identification to prove that the claimant who attended the police station is the same person claiming the vehicle from the compound. The release notice is only valid for the day of issue.

Guidance documents

The 'collecting the vehicle, documentation required and selling it afterwards' document provides guidance on how you:

  • Get the vehicle back, using a third party driver to help you recover the vehicle
  • What to do at the vehicle compound
  • What documentary evidence you are required to produce
  • Sell a vehicle after it has been seized.

The 'valid certificate of insurance and valid driving licence requirements' document provides guidance on:

  • Valid certificate of insurance
  • Valid driving licence.

The 'motor traders and trade insurance ' document provides guidance on:

  • Advice for motor traders
  • Open or trade insurance. 



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If you have any queries please contact the Vehicle Recovery Office at Police HQ Devizes on 01380 861040.