How to Pay a DVLA Penalty Charge Online

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How to Pay a DVLA Penalty Charge Online
Keep the issued ticket in a safe place. (fine image by Lucy Cherniak from

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, or DVLA, is the organisation in the United Kingdom that deals with all vehicle tax and driver's licensing issues. It does not deal with penalty charges or parking tickets. To pay your penalty charge in the UK, look on the notice to find out the council or borough that issued you the ticket or penalty. You can usually pay online.

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Things you need

  • Parking ticket or penalty charge notice slip
  • Penalty charge notice number
  • Vehicle registration number
  • Credit card or debit card

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    Look on the back of the penalty charge notice (PCN) or parking ticket for the website of the borough or council. Enter the website address into the address bar on your computer.

    How to Pay a DVLA Penalty Charge Online
    Paying online is fairly simple. (l'ordinateur image by Francis Lempérière from
  2. 2

    Look along the top of the page or along the left or right side at the website's category headings. Click on the heading that includes the word online. It may say "online services" or "pay online." Some websites may have a heading to do with transport and streets, or parking. Click on the one that applies to you.

  3. 3

    Click on the subheading that includes the words "parking fines" or "penalty charges" or "pay online."

  4. 4

    Find the PCN number on the front of the parking ticket or notice. Enter the number on the computer.

  5. 5

    Type in the registration number of the vehicle issued the ticket. Click "next."

  6. 6

    Enter your name, address and credit or debit card details. Enter the long number across the centre, the expiry date and then the card security code, CVV2 or CID code.

    How to Pay a DVLA Penalty Charge Online
    Have your credit card ready. (credit card image by jimcox40 from
  7. 7

    Click "pay" or "next." Look at the details of the transaction when they appear. Check these carefully and when you're ready, click "confirm" or "next."

  8. 8

    Print or save the receipt page to retain as evidence that you have paid your fine.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have any problems paying online, you can usually pay by telephone. The number is usually found on the reverse of the PCN ticket.
  • Most penalty charge notices have a time frame in the United Kingdom. Usually you are given two weeks to pay the fine. Once this time is up, the fee increases considerably. It's best to pay as soon as you are issued the fine to avoid paying late fees.

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