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What are the rules and laws concerning car tax?

On this page:
Paying Car Tax
Penalties for not Taxing or Declaring SORN
Informing the DVLA of changes

Paying Car Tax

All vehicle owners need apply for vehicle tax even if there is no payment. Below are types of vehicles that may be exempt.

  • Vehicles used by a disabled person
  • Disabled passenger vehicles
  • Mobility scooters, powered wheel chairs and invalid carriages
  • Historic vehicles
  • Electric vehicles
  • Mowing machines
  • Steam vehicles
  • Vehicles used just for agriculture, horticulture and forestry

Penalties for not Taxing or Declaring SORN

DVLA are diligent in their checking of vehicles without tax or offences relating to vehicles that have been declared SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification). The DVLA identify offences from the DVLA register and from 'on road sightings'. The offences are as follows:

  • Being the registered keeper of an untaxed vehicle.
  • Using or keeping an untaxed vehicle without a SORN.
  • Using or keeping an untaxed vehicle on a public road with a SORN in force.

See also Penalties for not declaring your vehicle off road.

Informing the DVLA of Changes

It's really important to inform DVLA if you sell, transfer, scrap, or export a vehicle that's registered to you. If you don't do this, the vehicle will remain your responsibility - and this includes tax.

Visit this link to tell the DVLA that your vehicle has been written off.

Visit this link for information about taking a vehicle out of the UK.

Inform the DVLA of any changes regarding the current owners address or name, a new owner, vehicle details, sale or transfer to a motor trader, insurer or dismantler, permanent export of the vehicle by following the relevant instructions on your V5C vehicle registration certificate (log book).

Last updated: Thursday 30th May 2019

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