You must tax your vehicle and display a tax disc. To do this online you need to be the registered keeper of the vehicle. You can renew your tax any day from the 5th day of the month it is about to expire.

What you need to know

Start now on the DVLA website

You can pay for your tax disc online or by phone if you:

  • are the registered keeper of the vehicle and your name, address and vehicle details are up-to-date with DVLA
  • have your V11 reminder letter (V85/1 for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs)) or V5C registration certificate
  • have valid insurance
  • have an MOT, Goods Vehicle or Passenger Service Vehicle (PSV) test (if needed) - this must be valid when the tax disc starts
  • have a debit or credit card (there’s a £2.50 service charge if you use a credit card and no charge if you use a debit card)

You should get your new tax disc in the post within 5 working days.

Claiming disability exemption

You’ll need your Certificate of Entitlement, or exemption certificate DLA404, MHS330 or WPA0442.

You’re entitled to a Certificate of Entitlement or exemption certificate if you get one of the following:

  • the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • War Pensioners Mobility Supplement

Contact the disability benefits helpline or the Disability Living Allowance Unit if you don’t have one.

You’ll need the surname, date of birth and National Insurance number of the exemption certificate holder along with the certificate serial number. You don’t need a credit card or debit card if applying to tax your vehicle in the disabled tax class.

If you’re taxing a particular vehicle in the disabled tax class for the first time you can’t do this online or by phone. You can only do this at a Post Office branch that issues tax discs.

Apply by phone

Telephone: 0300 123 4321
Textphone: 0300 790 6201

By post or at a Post Office

Take your V11 reminder form to any Post Office that issues tax discs.

Take the following:

  • completed V11 reminder
  • insurance certificate or cover note
  • MOT test certificate if required (must be valid when the tax disc starts)
  • the payment shown on the reminder (if needed)

Heavy goods vehicles - at a DVLA office

Take your V85/1 reminder to your DVLA local office. You also need to take:

  • vehicle registration certificate (V5C)
  • valid insurance certificate or cover note
  • valid MOT, Goods Vehicle or Passenger Service Vehicle (PSV) test certificate
  • plating certificate - if you haven’t got the the registration certificate or the vehicle has been re-plated since the last tax was issued
  • valid reduced pollution certificate (if needed)
  • the payment shown on the reminder (if needed)

If you don’t have your V11 or V85/1 reminder

You can pay car tax using form V10 or a V85 form for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs).

You need a V5C registration certificate to apply using form V10 or V85, but if you don’t have one, you can apply for one.

Get started on the DVLA website

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