UK road fund tax is non-transferable on used motors at the point of sale. This guide explains how to tax a vehicle for the first time or after buying a second hand car.
TAX YOUR VEHICLE: To get a car, motorcycle, or other vehicle taxed you need a reference number from either:
There are several ways to pay when taxing a vehicle in United Kingdom. You can either pay using a debit or credit card or you can set up a Direct Debit payment system.
The process for taxing a car differs if you need to change the vehicle tax class, such as when:
Note: In cases such as these you will need to apply for vehicle tax at a Post Office instead of taxing it online.
DVLA Vehicle Tax Service by Phone
Telephone: 0300 123 4321
Check a list of phone call rates.
Note: You will be unable to pay by Direct Debit if you apply for road tax over the phone.
You will need to visit a Post Office that handles vehicle tax (e.g. one of the bigger branches). When you tax a car at a Post Office, unless your car is exempt, you will need to take either:
The Post Office will also need to see one of the following:
Note: It often takes a few days for MOT information to get updated at DVLA. Thus, you may not be able to tax a vehicle immediately after it passes the test. You will also need a vehicle insurance certificate or a cover note to tax a car in Northern Ireland.
You will not need to tax a vehicle if you keep it off the road (e.g. in a garage or on a driveway). Even so, you must make a SORN declaration with DVLA to get it registered as 'off the road'.
How to Tax a Car or Motorcycle in the United Kingdom