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How to Tax when Abroad

How do I tax my vehicle if I am out of the country when my tax expires?

Taxing a vehicle up to one month before the tax is due

If you're due to be out of the country around the time your tax expires, don't worry - you can tax your vehicle from the 5th of the month that the tax expires on-line or by using the DVLA 24-hour phone service: 03001234321 or at a post office that deals with vehicle tax. To find a post office that deals with vehicle tax in your location visit the Post Office Branch finder. If you input your postcode and select Vehicle Tax on the drop down "Refine branch services (optional)" you will be directed to an appropriate post office in your area.

If you do not have a recent reminder V11 you will need a V5C (Logbook) or a new keepers details slip V5C/2 and a debit /credit card. You can also set up a direct debit to pay vehicle tax. Make sure your vehicle is insured and has a valid MOT (if appropriate). You can get someone else to tax your car on-line for you if you give them access to your V5C or V5C/2 information and they will need to be able to pay by credit or debit card. Insurance and MOT validity are checked electronically.

Taxing a vehicle up to two months before the tax is due

You can tax your vehicle up to two months before the tax runs out by post.

You will need to send the following to DVLA, Sawansea, SA99 1DZ

  • A letter that explains why you are paying in advance.
  • A completed V10 or a completed V85 if the vehicle is an HGV.
  • The original (not a photocopy) vehicle V5c (logbook).
  • A cheque, postal order or bankers's draft for the appropriate amount of tax made payable to DVLA Swansea.

Last updated: Friday 19th January 2018

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