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DVLA Road Tax Online Rules and Forms

The new regulation changes to DVLA road tax rules are now in effect. The system allows you to get car tax online (for the first time) and make your car tax renewal online.

UK ROAD TAX RULES: New car tax rules are now in force in the United Kingdom.

You can renew your DVLA car tax application online, by telephone, or at the Post Office. The facility also lets you check your car tax online.

New road tax rules let you tax your motorcycle, car, or any other vehicle using the reminder letter (V11). You should receive the V11 reminder letter before the excise duty expires.

You can use a V5C registration certificate (log book in your name) if you do not have a car tax reminder letter.

Use your new keeper supplement (V5C/2) if you have recently bought the vehicle.

If you receive a 'DVLA last chance warning letter car tax' you may also use this document for taxing vehicles online. You will need the payment and you may also need a valid reduced pollution certificate.

Remember the DVLA MOT test certificate (must be valid when the tax starts). The only legal alternative is to make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN).

Car Taxation and Vehicle Road Tax Guide

Apply for Vehicle Tax in Advance UKApplying for Car Tax in Advance

APPLY FOR ROAD TAX IN ADVANCE: How to apply for car tax in advance? You can apply to renew your vehicle tax up to two months before it expires. But you must renew car tax before your current tax runs out. Send advance payments (by cheque, postal order or banker's draft) and applications to DVLA in Swansea SA99 1DZ.

You will need to send the payment and your Registration Certificate (V5C). Attach a letter explaining why you are making your DVLA road tax online application in advance. Send these with a filled-in and completed DVLA form V10 or V85 form for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs).

If you are taxing a Heavy Goods Vehicle you may also need an MOT or GVT certificate (Goods Vehicle Testing). This must be valid when the new tax begins.

VEHICLE TAX REFUND: There are several valid reasons for canceling vehicle road tax. This guide explains how to cancel Vehicle Excise Duty and get a road tax refund from DVLA.


Applying for HGV TaxApplying for HGV Tax

APPLY TO TAX A HEAVY GOODS VEHICLE (HGV): HGV tax rates are due for Lorries that weigh more than 3.5 tonnes when loaded. You should fill in form V85 and then apply in person at a Post Office that deals with HGV vehicle licencing (tax disc). Provide them with your V5C goods vehicle registration certificate (log book) or you can apply for a replacement if you do not have one.

HGV ROAD TAX BANDS: The amount of tax you need to pay depends on whether you have a Reduced Pollution Certificate. The HGV tax bands check, and whether it has road friendly suspension, also affects the tax rate.


Calculate Road Tax RatesCalculate DVLA Tax Rates

CALCULATE VEHICLE ROAD TAX RATES: It may be quicker to use the 'Get vehicle information from DVLA' online service if you have the V5C document reference number.

VED TAX RATE TABLES: The rate of vehicle tax depends on its engine size for cars registered before 1 March 2001. CO2 emissions and fuel type affect those registered on or after 1 March 2001. New VED tax rates come into force from the 1st of April 2017.


Change Vehicle TaxChange Vehicle Tax Classification

CHANGING CAR TAX CLASS: You can change vehicle tax class using the form V70 'Application to Exchange Vehicle Tax'. You can mail it to Swansea DVLA with your payment method and any other required documentation.


Check Vehicle is TaxedCheck if a Vehicle is Taxed

CHECK CAR TAX ONLINE: The UK road tax rules allow you to check if a vehicle has tax and a current MOT. You can carry out this car taxation check before you send in a report or make a DVLA car tax application online. The new service now allows you to verify if a car has up-to-date vehicle tax by registration.

It also informs you whether it is declared 'off road' as per the Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). Follow the relevant SORN rules when you are trying to check vehicle sorn or doing a car road tax check online.


Getting a Clamped or Impounded Vehicle ReleasedClamped Vehicle Release

GET A CLAMPED OR IMPOUNDED VEHICLE RELEASED: Information on clamped car releases and the fees to get your car back. Find out where you have to collect your vehicle from, after clamping or impound. The DVLA rules state that every vehicle registered in the United Kingdom must be taxed if it is used or kept on a public road. Failing to meet these regulations could get your car or vehicle wheel clamped or removed.


Importing Vehicles into the UKImporting a Vehicle

VEHICLE IMPORTING: Information explaining how to permanently import a vehicle less than 10 years old. Find out the procedures for importing a car or motorcycle into the United Kingdom. There is extra help and advice how to register imported vehicles and how the Mutual Recognition scheme functions.


Making a Statutory Off Road NotificationStatutory Off Road Notification

WHEN TO APPLY FOR A SORN? Reference the V5C registration certificate, V11, or V85/1, if you need to make a Statutory Off Road Notification for your vehicle. This section provides information explaining SORN rules and when to make a declaration.

MAKE A SORN: There are several ways to inform the DVLA that you want to register your vehicle as 'taken off the road'. Check out how to make a SORN online, by phone, or by post.


Car Fuel and CO2 Emissions DataVCA Car Fuel Data and DVLA CO2 Emissions

CHECK FUEL CONSUMPTION FOR VEHICLE TAX BANDS: The Vehicle Certificate Agency (VCA Car Fuel Data) website allows you to search and determine the fuel consumption and DVLA CO2 emissions by registration. You can also perform a DVLA car tax bands check, by make model and registration for new and used cars.

The information covers all new cars currently on sale in the United Kingdom and used cars registered on or after the 1st of March, 2001. The definition of a 'new' car is one that is currently available to buy or lease from a dealer which has not been previously registered.

VAN TAX BANDS & LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLE TAX RATE TABLES: You can also check the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions data and figures for any new van or light commercial vehicle on sale in the United Kingdom. Fuel consumption is tested on unladen vehicles. That means it is unlikely to represent the average driving conditions for all vehicles and circumstances.

Nonetheless, the van tax online fuel data highlights comparative fuel economies and DVLA CO2 checks. Further help is also available from the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA). The tool helps you find CO2 emissions by registration.


DVLA Car Taxation Rules: Vehicle Road Tax Regulations in the United Kingdom