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Qualifying for Disabled Tax Class

How do I Apply for Free Vehicle Tax for people who are ill, have a disability or only use their vehicles for those who are ill or have a disability?

On this page:
Who can apply for free vehicle tax?
Applying for free vehicle tax for the first time
Renewing your free vehicle tax

Who can apply for free vehicle tax?

Registered keepers who have an illness or disability or registered keepers who only use their vehicles for an ill or disabled person can apply for free vehicle tax.

Applying for free vehicle tax for the first time

You will need to have one of the following 'Certificate of Entitlements':

  • War Pensioners Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
  • Armed Forces independence payment (AFIP)
  • Personal Independence payment (PIP)
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

If the vehicle is new, take your 'Certificate of Entitlement' to the dealership to claim free tax status. You will need to ensure that you have the correct insurance for your vehicle.

If the vehicle is used, you need to ensure that the vehicle:

  • has an up-to-date MOT
  • the correct insurance

You will need to change the tax class of the vehicle by taking your:

  • Certificate of Entitlement (see list above)
  • V5c (log book) Vehicle Registration certificate or V5C/2 (new keeper's details). If you don' t have a V5C or V5c/2 you will need to complete a V62 (Application for a Vehicle Registration certificate) form - there is an application fee when using a V62.

to 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.

Renewing your free vehicle tax

Once the tax class of the vehicle is shown as disabled, you can renew your vehicle tax when you receive a V11 - Reminder to get vehicle tax - or make a Statutory Off Road notification (SORN) or using the V5c (log book) Vehicle Registration certificate

To pay your vehicle tax on-line or by phone you will need one of the following reference numbers:

  • V11 reminder letter which has a 16 digit reference number
  • V5c(Registration Certificate) which has an 11 digit reference number
  • V5c/2(New Keeper's details slip) which has an 12 digit reference number

To pay your vehicle tax at a post office that deals with vehicle tax you will need to take one of the documents listed above/

(If you do not have any of these documents you will need to use a V62 - (Application for a Vehicle Registration form) there is an application fee when using a V62.

Plus you need to have:

  • A current MOT
  • A minimum of third party insurance

How do I tax my vehicle on-line?

This service is not available for AFIP (Armed Force Independence Payments) customers.

You can pay by debit or credit card and you can set up a direct debit (you will need your bank/building society details). Visit the DVLA website to tax your vehicle on-line.

How do I tax my vehicle by phone?

This service is not available for AFIP (Armed Force Independence Payments) customers.

Telephone 0300 123 4321. This is a 24 hour service and the charge is the rate for not-for-profit organisations, charities and public bodies. You can pay by debit or credit card but you cannot set up a direct debit by phone.

How do I tax my vehicle by textphone?

This service is only available for hard of hearing customers.

Textphone 0300 790 6201

How do I tax my vehicle at the post office?

This service is available to all customers.

You will need one of the documents listed above. You can pay by cash, cheque or credit/debit card and you can set up a direct debit (you will need your bank/building society details).

For more information about using a vehicle in the disabled tax class, what to do when the exemption no longer applies and when to get a replacement Certificate of Entitlement visit this link to see how to apply for free disabled tax (INS216).

Last updated: Friday 19th January 2018

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