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Vehicle changes that affect Tax

If I make changes to my vehicle, how will that affect how much vehicle tax I pay or the vehicle's tax class?

On this page:
What changes can affect vehicle tax?
How to change a vehicle's tax class
How to work out the new vehicle tax rate

What changes can affect vehicle tax?

The following are considered changes that can affect your vehicle tax rate and/or class.

  • Engine size / cylinder capacity
  • The fuel type
  • The weight (goods vehicles only)
  • The number of seats (buses only)
  • The use of the vehicle

How to change a vehicle's tax class

If the tax is due to run out then you need to have:

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

To change the tax class of the vehicle take your:

  • Vll Vehicle Tax Reminder letter (if you have one)
  • V5c (log book) Vehicle Registration certificate or V5C/2 (new keeper's details)

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.

If you do not have a V5c or a V5C/2, you will need to use a V62 (Application for a Vehicle Registration form). Complete it and send it to the DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1DD with the appropriate fee.

What happens next

  • You should get confirmation that the DVLA has made the change within 10 working days.
  • The DVLA will send you a new V5C reflecting the change/s.
  • If a refund is due, it should arrive within 6 weeks.

If the tax is not due to run out you need to have:

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

Send the following to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1DZ

  • V5c (log book) Vehicle Registration certificate with the changes marked on it.
  • A cheque or postal order for any extra tax payment (see below for calculation method).
  • Written proof to show that the engine size or fuel type have changed e.g. a receipt or letter from the garage that made the change.

If you do not have a V5c you will need to use a V62 (Application for a Vehicle Registration form). Complete it and send it to the DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1DD with the appropriate fee.

What happens next

  • You should get confirmation that the DVLA has made the change within 10 working days.
  • The DVLA will send you a new V5C reflecting the change.
  • If a refund is due, it should arrive within 6 weeks.

How to work out the new vehicle tax rate

To find out the vehicle's new tax rate consult this list of vehicle tax rates.

Find the difference between the new rate and old rate. E.g. £124 (new rate) - £100 (old rate) = £24 (difference)

Divide the difference by the number of months you pay tax. If you pay yearly then in the example above: £24 (difference) / 12 (months) = £2 (monthly difference)

Multiply the monthly difference by the remaining number of months. In the example above 3 (remaining number of months) X £2 (monthly difference) = £6

In the section above, using this example, £6 is the amount of additional tax that needs to be sent to the DVLA by cheque or postal order.

Last updated: Friday 19th January 2018

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