Frequently Asked Questions.

Our founder has spent the last 30 years in senior roles managing physical, cyber and information security risk. As a qualified lead auditor, his responsibilities have included formal risk assessment, impact analysis, tactical avoidance and detection of security incidents. He is also a proud caravan owner with an investment to protect. As well as our own experience, there are three quarters of a million van owners out there with many years of experience who need to be listened to. I hope to encourage as many as possible to join the community and share their knowledge and wisdom.
Joining is simple.

1. Start by checking out our package options and deciding on the pack that best suits your needs.

2. Complete the online membership application form.
Compared to the cost of losing your van, very little indeed. Our prices start at just £45 depending on the pack you choose.

  • All packs include registration on our database for as long as you own your current van.
  • There are no recurring fees, no charge for lookups or for updating your public information.
  • See pack options HERE.
    Yes. This is essential if we’re to avoid someone registering a previously stolen van or one owned by someone else.

    Membership applications require verification of your identity and ownership of the van you are registering.

    All information will be held securely and in full compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). It will not be resold or shared.
    Unless you have an original bespoke number, your ID is linked to your van's VIN and cannot be transferred to another caravan or motorhome..

    If your new van is already registered with CaravanID it can be transferred to you, subject to an administration fee.

    If your new van is NOT registered with CaravanID.
    Rather than a document, CID provide you with a registration card with your membership and van details. A card is much easier to keep in your purse or wallet than a document. It can also be used to prove your identity if checked by the police.  
    In an ideal world, every van would be registered so one with no CID number displayed would instantly be considered stolen. Getting everyone to join though is unlikely so we have to think a little differently.

    The decals are tamper proof and there are up to 13 of them which means it would take some time to remove them all.

    A external stickers are not a single item but a number of individual parts that would need to be removed separately. Multiply the time required to do this by 13 (to remove all the stickers) and you’re really making it difficult for a thief to hide the identity of the van. It only needs ONE to remain visible to identify and recover your van!
    Your account will be live as soon as it is approved, typically a couple of hours.

    To minimise the cost to you, decals are ordered each Friday and dispatched to you the following week by recorded delivery. Please allow up to 14 working days for them to reach you. If we anticipate any delay we will inform you.

    When your pack arrives, it will need to be signed for.
    Our members did not want anything that would 'permanently' mark their vans so yes they can be removed without causing damage. That said, removal is not so simple for would be thieves who will have neither the time or the equipment to do so. Depending on the pack you choose there are up to 14 CID decals, comprising of as many as 50 separate facets. Each facet is bonded to your van with security grade, high grip adhesive.

    With potentially one decal high on the front, rear and sides of your van, one on the roof and the remainder on the inside of the windows, none of them are easily accessed, let alone removed.

    Add to this the covert and overt NFC tags or the ability to simply use the last six digits of your VIN number to lookup the van, these simple measures will provide greater security and take a potential thief longer to remove than most expensive hitch or wheel locks. If you own the van, have the time and equipment including a ladder, heat gun etc, you can remove them without damage but it will take a while. To a thief hoping to hide your van's identity before stealing it, it's simply a not a practical proposition.

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    Of course they can, anything can be copied. However, they cannot create a matching database record. Faking the decals is ultimately futile.
    CID is not intended to replace alternative registration systems but to compliment them.

    Currently available systems provide identification using your van's chassis or VIN number. Typically this can only be read if you are close up. This is useful for the police who may have the ability to look it up and identify the owner but it means absolutely nothing to you and I or anyone else seeing your van.

    When a van is stolen, the thieves change the number plates so, to anyone passing it’s just another caravan on the road. No way for us to identify it, no way to find out if it’s stolen. The only hope of quick recovery is that the police pull it for some other reason and check the chassis number. We all know how often that happens.

    The CID system places up to 14 unique and permanent identifying marks on your van, many of which can be read from a distance. Anyone with a smartphone can use that number to check if it’s been reported stolen and in the case of caravans, that it’s being towed by an authorised vehicle. In short - your van will immediately be recognisable from all the similar vans out there.
    Indeed they could, if they happen to carry cans of colour matched paint or alternative decals with them, however anything other than CID security decals are rarely seen in the suggested locations. Signs that one has been tampered with or covered should instantly ring alarm bells and have you calling the police.

    The numbers on the large stickers are slightly raised, their outline will remain visible through paint.

    Most other stickers (even a plain white one) would look out of place in our recommended locations and raise suspicion.

    If the van is stationary you could look for one of the other stickers or you could just report your suspicions to the police, they will never criticise you for reporting a potential crime even if it turns out to be a false alarm.
    QR codes definitely have their place if you’re up close, have a steady hand and a QR scanner installed on your phone. But it’s also pretty obvious to the criminals that you’re either photographing or scanning their vehicle which could get you into trouble. QR codes are certainly not ideal if you’re in one moving vehicle trying to scan a label on another. You certainly can't memorise a QR code!

    CID provides an easy to read 6 digit number that you simply type into an app or browser. We also provide you with more information such as whether is reported stolen and which vehicles are authorised to tow it. What’s more, we don’t charge you for doing so.
    Please see the information regarding our DOT and TAG features.
    Absolutely not. A unique VIN is issued to every van by the manufacturer and it is important. But unlike CID numbers, a VIN cannot be seen from a distance, nor have we have the ability to look it up.

    CaravanID, we uses the last 6 digits of your VIN as your visible ID, we also record your full VIN alongside your van details where legitimate interested parties can look it up quickly and for free.
    Well it can certainly help as there is nothing at all in place at the moment. As long as even one CID sticker remains on the van, checking is as simple as typing the ID number into a phone or computer. Border authorities will be far more inclined to do this than hunt for a chassis number that they can’t look up. What’s more, other caravanners will be able to check. All of us working together is the real strength of this initiative.
    Your PERSONAL information is physically segregated from your PUBLIC information and remains encrypted at all times. PERSONAL information will not be publicly displayed or shared with anyone other than authorised police personnel or other official agencies for the purpose of crime prevention or detection.
    Apart from our system administrators and yourself NO. You can edit your own information by logging in to the site, looking up your own ID and clicking the EDIT button. For that reason it is essential you do not share your username and password with anyone else, they may make changes you (or CID) do not approve of.
    CaravanID is driven by the needs and desires of our members so check the website regularly for updates.
    Click HERE for more information on using the Lookup facility.
    If you lose or forget your password you can change it yourself HERE.
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