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Most vehicle owners will receive a reminder (V11) through the post to remind them to tax their vehicle. You can then tax your vehicle online, 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" you will be directed to an appropriate post office in your area.
To pay your vehicle tax online or by phone you will need one of the following reference numbers:
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 the appropriate fee.
Plus you need to have:
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 this link to tax your vehicle online.
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.
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).
Before you start you will need the number plate registration of the vehicle you wish to check. You can do this online.
You can get a refund of any full months of remaining tax if you inform the DVLA of any of the following circumstances:
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).
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: Thursday 21st May 2020
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