IMI Accredited Motor Vehicle Identification Programme

Vehicle ID course, giving detailed knowledge of manufacturer vehicle marking systems, identity manipulation and how these are detected in a vehicle stop/check scenario, right through to forensic examination.

IMI Accredited –Motor Vehicle Identification Programme

Vince Wise is an ex-Detective, with over 30 years Policing experience with the Metropolitan and Hampshire Police. He served two secondments with the Force Stolen Vehicle Squad, as an Investigator and an Intelligence Development officer. After that he formed the Force Vehicle Desk within the Force Intelligence Bureau and started to engage with the issue around shipping containers and the organised crime element of the exporting stolen vehicles. Due to the results achieved there, he was seconded to AVCIS where he worked in the Port of Southampton for his last few years. In 2012 having left the Police force he continued to work in vehicle identification and recovery, on both a national and international level. Recognising the need to fill a knowledge gap, Vince wrote the Vehicle Identification course in 2013 which achieved IMI Quality Assured Programme status.

Course content & learning outcomes

  • Have a full understanding of the nature and extent of vehicle theft
  • Possess a working knowledge of DVLA registration system
  • To understand / interpret a vehicle chassis number
  • To be able to use PNC-VODS as an investigative tool
  • Understand ‘PNC Corruption’
  • Use / understand open-source databases relating to vehicles
  • Understand common ‘ringing’ methods (physical and paper)
  • To recognise fake or altered chassis numbers and plates
  • To be able to use a basic vehicle examiners tool kit
  • Possess a greater health and safety awareness re: vehicle examinations
  • To conduct a preliminary vehicle examination
  • Produce a written inspection report and evidential statement

Next Course(s):

- Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th June 2024
- Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 5th September 2024

Course Schedule

The course runs over 3 days and is a mix of theory and practical. Students are required to fill out a workbook and sit an end of course multiple-choice examination.

The cost of the course is £599 + VAT per delegate.


IMI Quality Assured Award

Additional Costs:

Motor Vehicle Identification - IMI - £55.00

Course Dates:

Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th June 2024

Training course reviews

Since that initial course, hundreds of officers from around the country have been trained in the skill of basic vehicle identification techniques. A sample of the comments made by students on completion of the course:

"Excellent course, great trainer who clearly has a wealth of experience."

Matt Neal, Avon and Somerset Police

"Intense course, lots to take on board, Gives you the knowledge and confidence."

John Kidals - Lincolnshire Police

“An excellent course a must for those involved in SMV examination”

Sgt Ryder - Northumbria Police

“Would recommend the course to anyone with an interest in vehicle crime”

Mike Dawber - Cheshire Police

“A huge amount of experience and information to be gained from this course”

Chris Marvin - North Yorkshire Police

“ Great Course”

Kirsty Hyslop - NFU Mutual

"A detailed course delivered in a methodical way by experts in the field"

Richard Marriott - Zurich Insurance

Extremely informative and an eye opener. Reignites passion in starting a new chapter in vehicle examinations.

PC Jack McGhee - Lincolnshire Police