What to do if your vehicle has been cloned
If you are being contacted about fines or charges for which you are not responsible it may be because someone is using your registration mark. It is possible that your vehicle may have been cloned. Find out what to do if you think your vehicle has been cloned.
If you think your vehicle has been cloned
Cloning involves the copying of the identity of a similar (non-stolen) vehicle already on the road. Criminals find an exact match of the car they have stolen and replace the number plates on the vehicle with false number plates.
If you suspect your vehicle has been cloned, the following points will help you avoid becoming a victim of further crime.
What you need to do
If you think you have been the victim of vehicle cloning and your vehicle is registered in Northern Ireland you should:
- return any fines or correspondence to the issuing authorities providing them with any documentary evidence you have
- write to the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA), County Hall, Castlerock Road, Waterside, Coleraine, BT51 3TB, or fax them on 028 703 41422, they will record your correspondence
- contact the police - it is a matter for them to trace and prosecute the culprit to prevent this illegal activity from continuing
What is being done to stop cloning?
As part of the government’s drive to reduce vehicle related crime, DVA has implemented measures to seek to address the problem.
The introduction of the Registered Number Plate Supplier (RNPS) scheme means that:
- all current number plate suppliers in the Northern Ireland must register with DVA
- registered suppliers must keep a record of every sale
- documentary evidence of the customer's name and address and entitlement to the registration mark requested, must be obtained