Frequently Asked Questions.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.