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'.
There are three ways to renew or get vehicle tax, even if you do not have the V11 reminder. You can use:
As the current keeper, without a V5C or the 'new keeper' slip, you would need to apply for a new V5C and tax the vehicle at a Post Office. It can take up to six (6) weeks to get a new V5C and the cost is £25.
As the new keeper, you must have a new keeper slip to tax your vehicle. Thus, you would need to apply for a new V5C (the form is also available at a Post Office).
To tax your vehicle online you need to have:
Providing you have the V5C (logbook) or the new keeper slip when calling, you can contact the DVLA to tax your vehicle by telephone (contact details above).
There is an easy way to check if a vehicle is taxed using the online service. Keep in mind that it can take up to five (5) working days for a newly taxed vehicle to show up on the database.
How to Tax a Car or Motorcycle in the United Kingdom