Dealing with vehicle tax is one of the main things that the DVLA deal with – and is responsible for a huge amount of their workload. Although there are outside places that deal with some of the process (as detailed below), the bulk of the administration is done by their team at DVLA Swansea. As you are likely aware, vehicle tax discs must be renewed once a year – however, payments can be divided into 6-month blocks or monthly direct debit amounts of desired.
Renewals can be done quickly and conveniently online. You will need to have relevant documentation to hand prior to your online renewal, this includes the:
- 16 digit reference number on your vehicle tax renewal letter (V11)
- 11 digit reference number on your log book (V5C)
- 12 digit reference number. If you have recently bought a vehicle you will require the (V5C/2) supplement
The entire process can be done by simply heading to the official tax disc site here. Renewing your vehicle tax at a participating post office requires the following details prior to processing:
- A V11 reminder (completed) or a V5C
- The payment amount (shown on the taxation reminder)
- A valid (in date) MOT certificate is sometimes requested
Those who are renewing at a Post Office in Northern Ireland will also need to present a cover note or insurance certificate. Renewals can be completed by phone or text phone – lines are available from 8am until 4.30pm on a Monday to Friday. More information about how you can sort out of your vehicle tax at your local Post office can be found at their official site here.
Which Vehicles are Exempt from Taxation?
Despite vehicle taxation being a legal stipulation, there are some vehicles which are exempt (in specific circumstances) from having to pay, these include:
- Vehicles used by a disabled person
- Disabled passenger vehicles
- Mobility scooters, powered wheel chairs and invalid carriages
- Historic vehicles
- Electric vehicles
- Mowing machines
- Steam vehicles
- Vehicles used just for agriculture, horticulture and forestry
Remember, even if you have a vehicle which is listed as exempt from tax, you still have to apply for taxation.
Taxation Tables – how much are you likely to pay?
The amount of vehicle tax payable depends on two things, we have highlighted the general rule enabling you to ascertain which category you are likely to fall in to.
Cars registered before March 1st 2001
Taxation on these cars and light vehicles depends on engine size, as follows:
|Engine Size||12 Months||6 Months|
Cars registered after March 1st 2001
Taxation on these cars and light vehicles relies on fuel type and emission amount – you will find an up-to-date price table at www.gov.uk. Once online you will also discover information regarding the full range of amounts payable various vehicle types and for ‘trade licences’.
Applying for a SORN
If you are not intending to drive or park your vehicle on public roads or spaces, you will need to apply for a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification). Please note that you will need all relevant documentation to hand prior to contacting the DVLA.
A SORN can be applied for online, by phone or in writing – failure to have a valid SORN when necessary can result in a £80 fine and the immediate demand for tax (including any taxation in arrears). In addition, there is the possibility of a £1000 fine and prosecution.
For more information about SORN, we have written a full overview of the scheme which is available to view here.
Contacting the DVLA
If you can’t find the information you are looking for online or would prefer to speak to a member of the DVLA Customer Service team, please call the number provided – lines are open from 8.00am until 4.30pm on a Monday to Friday.