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AskMID Insurance Database

What is AskMID?

The Motor Insurance Database (AskMID) is the only central record of all insured vehicles in the UK and is updated over 10,000 times an hour. As one of the most important tools to ensure that only insured vehicles are driven on our roads, the MID is used by the police and the DVLA to enforce motor insurance law.

The police use Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology with information from the Motor Insurance Database (MID) to identify and catch people driving uninsured vehicles. More than 500 are seized every day and one person every three minutes is convicted for uninsured driving.

The MID is also systematically compared with the DVLA’s registered keeper records to identify uninsured vehicles from the record. Just like the DVLA, you can check your vehicle is appearing on the MID for free.


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Can I speed up the process?

Unfortunately we have no way of speeding up this process for you; but if you find that your vehicle is not showing on the MID after 7 days since your policy started, please get in touch and we will look into this for you.


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Can I drive if it’s not on the database yet?

As long as you’ve received your Certificate of Insurance, and you drive within the times stated on your Certificate, you can drive whilst you wait for the upload to be completed.

We highly recommend that you print or screenshot your Insurance Certificate and carry these with you as they remain as valid proof of your insurance and legal entitlement to drive the vehicle. You can present these to anyone who requires confirmation of your insurance status.


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When will my vehicle show on AskMID?

Whilst the details of your insurance policy will be passed to the MID shortly after purchase, it can take up to 7 days for the MID to upload the details of your insurance policy to their internal database. On some occasions, due to the short-term nature of your policy, it is possible your policy may have expired before the details are loaded into the database.

We highly recommend that you print or screenshot your Insurance Certificate and carry these with you as they remain as valid proof of your insurance and legal entitlement to drive the vehicle. You can present these to anyone who requires confirmation of your insurance status.

Please bear in mind, we cannot speed up the process of your insurance showing on the Motor Insurers Database, as we are a separate organisation and have no influence over the MID’s timescales.

However, if you have any other queries, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.


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