Find a test centre for an HGV, bus or trailer MOT: Privacy notice

1. About this service

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) provides this service so that you can find your nearest approved testing facility offering MOTs for Heavy goods vehicles (HGV), buses or trailers. DVSA is an executive agency of the Department for Transport (DfT).

The data controller for DVSA is DfT - a data controller determines the reasons and how personal data is processed. For more information see the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Data Protection Public Register. DfT’s registration number is Z7122992.

2. What data we need

Service users

If you are using the “Find a test centre” service to locate your nearest testing centre, then we only ask for a postcode.

The legal basis for processing this data is ‘consent’ as you have chosen to use the service to locate your nearest test centre.

Test centres

DVSA processes data from companies who wish their business details to be included in the ‘Find a test centre’ search.

The personal data we collect from test centres will include:

  • the name of the person completing the entry
  • the name of a nominated contact within the organisation
  • full business name and address, including postcode
  • business email address
  • business telephone number

For most businesses, the above data will not be classified as personal data other than the individual’s name.

To remove your consent, email

3. Why we need it

We need the test centre data collected as well as the nominated contact to show potential service users how far away from their input postcode the business is and how to make contact.

We need a service user’s postcode so that we can show them the nearest 50 test centres to their specified location. This data is not stored.

4. What we do with it

We collect, use, and store the data you give us for the reasons set out in this policy.

We will not:

  • sell or rent your data to third parties
  • share your data with third parties for marketing purposes

5. How long we keep your data

We will only keep your personal data for as long as it is needed for the reasons set out in this policy or as required by law.

We will hold your personal data for no longer than three years after your feedback.

6. Where it might go

Our IT infrastructure and technology has been checked to make sure it’s safe and secure.

All data is held on DVSA servers based in the UK or hosted within cloud servers (Amazon Web Services) in Ireland.

7. Protecting your data and your rights

The DVSA personal information charter sets out what steps are taken to protect your data, and the rights you have over your data.

8. Automated decision making and profiling

Your data is not subject to automated decision making or profiling as defined in data protection legislation

9. Changes to this notice

We may change this privacy notice at our discretion at any time.

When we change this notice, the date on the page will be updated. Any changes to this privacy notice will be applied to you and your data as of the revision date.

We encourage you to periodically review this privacy notice to be informed about how your data is protected.

10. How to contact us

If you have any questions about anything in this document or if you consider that your personal data has been misused or mishandled, you can contact the DVSA data protection manager.

  • DVSA data protection manager
  • Data Protection Manager
  • DVSA
  • 1 Unity Square
  • Nottingham
  • NG2 1AY

Contact DVSA customer services if you have a query that does not relate to how your personal data is used.

You may also make a complaint to the Information Commissioner, who is an independent regulator.