Car Tax

Vehicle Excise Duty (Car Tax) is a tax levied on most types of vehicle that are used or parked in the UK.

Car tax bands allow different rates to be charged for different types of vehicle. Vehicles registered before March 2001 pay duty based on the size of the vehicle's engine. Vehicles registered after March 2001 pay vehicle tax based on a more detailed assessment of both fuel type and CO2 emissions. Newer, energy efficient vehicles pay less car tax generally than vehicles with larger, older engines.

Some vehicles are completely exempt from car tax. These include agricultural vehicles, the vehicles of royalty, etc.

Registered keepers of tax worthy vehicles that are not being used on the road must declare their vehicle off-road with a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN).

Choose an article below to find out more about dvla car tax, such as how to tax a vehicle, road tax costs and refunds of tax, disabled car tax, and how to exchange your tax disc or how to duplicate your tax disc.

10 articles in this section:

Vehicle and Excise Duty: Taxing a Vehicle

Learn how to tax your vehicle with or without a reminder. Find out when, where and how you can tax your vehicle, and what documents you will need to do so. On this page: Taxing your...

Vehicle Tax Costs

This article gives up to date prices for vehicle tax as published by the DVLA for various tax classes. On this page: Cars, Motorcycles, Light Goods Vehicles and Trade...

Vehicle Tax Refunds

Registered keepers can apply for a refund of vehicle tax. DVLA requires that you inform them of the reason the vehicle no longer needs its tax disc. On this page: Applying for a...

Qualifying for Disabled Tax Class

Find out what you need to know about qualifying for disabled tax class, what documents you need, how to tax your vehicle in the disabled class for this first time, and how to renew your current disabled tax...

Exchanging your Tax Disc

Find out the reasons why you might need to exchange or duplicate your tax disc, and how this can be done using DVLA's services. On this page: Reasons to Exchange your Tax...

Duplicating your Tax Disc

If your tax disc is lost or stolen DVLA require that you replace it with a duplicate. Find out in this article how you can obtain a duplicate tax disc. On this page: When to Replace your...

How to Tax when Abroad

What happens if you're due to be out of the country around the time your tax expires? Don't worry - you can tax your vehicle up to two months before its tax runs out, or you can take advantage of DVLA's online...

The Rules and Laws Governing Car Tax

It is a legal requirement that all vehicles on UK roads display a valid tax disc. If you're not using your vehicle on the road, you must declare this to DVLA to avoid penalties, which include impoundment or...

Vehicle Tax Exemption

Some agricultural vehicles do not have to pay road tax. However by law they must still display a valid tax disc. This tax discs are called the 'nil duty' tax disc and the 'limited use' tax disc....

Reporting an Untaxed Vehicle

Use DVLA's anonymous service to find out whether or not a vehicle is taxed - if you suspect isn't. Unlicensed vehicle reports can be made online, or by telephone, or by post (send a letter to the...

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