How to apply for a tax disc

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How to apply for a tax disc
Taxing your car correctly saves you time and money. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

If you fail to tax your car, you risk having it crushed. Cars that do not display a valid UK road tax disc can be impounded and destroyed, and the owner fined a minimum of £1,000. In Britain, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is responsible for collecting road tax, or Vehicle Excise Duty, and in 2010, VED receipts totalled close to £6 billion. During the same period, unpaid tax owed by owners of illegally-driven vehicles was around £46 million. DVLA accepts applications for tax discs online, by phone, postally or in person.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • V11 reminder
  • Credit or debit card
  • Certificate of motor insurance
  • MoT certificate
  • Cheque or postal order
  • Envelope and stamp
  • V5C registration document
  • Form V10

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Instructions

    Applying with a V11 Reminder

  1. 1

    Find the V11 reminder for your vehicle. If you did not receive a V11 reminder by post, skip the rest of this section. Decide whether you want to apply online, by phone, postally or in person.

  2. 2

    Navigate to the DVLA’s vehicle online section of the Directgov website. If you are not applying online, skip this step. Click “Apply for a Tax disc” and read the statements that appear on screen. Check the appropriate “Yes” or “No” buttons and click “Next.” Enter the V11 reminder reference number and click “Next.” Confirm that the vehicle registration number displayed on screen is correct by clicking “Next.” Select either a six-month or 12-month licence period and choose the type of payment card you want to use and then click “Next.” Enter your card details and phone or email details and click “Next.” Confirm your details and make payment when prompted.

  3. 3

    Call the DVLA’s vehicle relicensing service. If you are not applying by phone, skip this step. Press “1” on your phone, listen to the terms and conditions and press “1” to agree to them. Press “1” to use the V11 reminder and enter the reminder number using your keypad. Press “1” to confirm the vehicle registration number is correct. Press the appropriate button to choose either a six-month or 12-month licence period. Enter your card number when instructed. Press “1” to confirm your details and make payment when prompted.

  4. 4

    Complete all sections of the form V11 in accordance with the instructions on the reverse. Find a valid certificate of motor insurance for your vehicle and, if your vehicle requires one, a valid MoT certificate. Attach them to the form. If you are applying in person, skip the remainder of this step. If not, post the form and documents to the address indicated on the form, enclosing payment by cheque or postal order for the required amount. Check the instructions on the reverse of the form for payment details.

  5. 5

    Take the completed form V11 and documents to a Post Office that issues tax discs or to a local DVLA office. Present the documents at the counter and make payment when requested.

    Applying without a V11 Reminder

  1. 1

    Find the V5C registration document, or log book, for your vehicle. If you received a V11 reminder by post, skip the rest of this section. Decide whether you want to apply online, by phone, postally or in person.

  2. 2

    Navigate to the DVLA’s vehicle online section of the Directgov website. If you are not applying online, skip this step. Click “Apply for a Tax Disc” and read the statements that appear on screen. Check the appropriate “Yes” or “No” buttons and click “Next." Enter the vehicle registration number and the V5C reference number and click “Next.” Select either a six-month or 12-month licence period and choose the type of payment card you want to use, then click “Next.” Enter your card details and phone or email details and click “Next.” Confirm your details and make payment when prompted.

  3. 3

    Call the DVLA’s vehicle relicensing service. If you are not applying by phone, skip this step. Press “1” on your phone, listen to the terms and conditions and press “1” to agree to them. Press “2” to use the V5C registration document and enter the document number using your keypad. Press “1” to confirm the vehicle registration number is correct. Press the appropriate button to choose either a six-month or 12-month licence period. Enter your card number when instructed. Press “1” to confirm your details and make payment when prompted.

  4. 4

    Download form V10 from the Directgov website or collect one from a Post Office. See Resource 1. Complete all sections of the form in accordance with the instructions on the reverse. Find a valid certificate of motor insurance for your vehicle and, if your vehicle requires one, a valid MoT certificate; attach them to the form. If you are applying in person, skip the remainder of this step. If not, post the form and documents to the address indicated on the form, enclosing payment by cheque or postal order for the required amount. Check the instructions on the reverse of the form for payment details.

  5. 5

    Take the completed form V10, log book and documents either to a Post Office that issues tax discs or a local DVLA office. Present the documents at the counter and make payment when requested.

Tips and warnings

  • If your certificate of motor insurance or MoT certificates are recently issued, you may not be able to apply for a tax disc online. It takes a few days for new certificates to be recorded electronically on the DVLA database.
  • If you have lost any of your documents, check the Directgov website for the correct procedure to be used to apply for a tax disc.
  • If you are applying for a tax disc for a car that you just bought, you must have either a V11 or V5C document in your name to renew online or by phone. If you use the V11 or V5C issued to the previous owner, your new tax disc may be sent to her.

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