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Vehicle Taxation

How do I Tax my vehicle?

Most vehicle owners will receive a reminder (V11) through the post to remind them to tax their vehicle. You can then tax your vehicle on line, by phone 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.

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) visit to download the form from the DVLA, complete it and send it to the DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1DD with £25 fee

Plus you need to have:

  • An up-do-date MOT
  • A minimum of third party insurance

How do I tax my vehicle on-line?

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 DVLA Tax your vehicle on-line.

How do I tax my vehicle by phone?

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 at the post office?

You will need one of the documents listed above (V5c or V5c/2). 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).

How can I check my vehicle tax?

Before you start you will need the registration number (number plate) of the vehicle you wish to check. You can do this on-line.

How do I get refund for vehicle tax?

You can get a refund of any full months of remaining tax if you inform the DVLA of any of the following circumstances:

  • You have sold or transferred the vehicle to someone else
  • The vehicle has been taken off the road, written off by your insurance company, scrapped at a vehicle scrapyard or stolen
  • The vehicle has been exported out ot he UK
  • The vehicle is now exempt from vehicle tax.

If you meet the criteria above your vehicle tax will be cancelled by DVLA. If you pay by Direct Debit, the Direct Debit will be cancelled automatically. Otherwise you will get a cheque for any full months left on your vehicle tax. The refund is calculated from the date DVLA gets your information. The cheque is sent to the name and address on the V5c (log book).

Do I pay vehicle tax if my vehicle is off the road?

If your vehicle is not being used on a public road you do not need to pay vehicle tax and you can declare you vehicle SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification). Visit our SORN section for more information.

Last updated: Friday 19th January 2018

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