How to tax your car and how to check when your tax is due

How to tax your car and how to check when your tax is due
How to tax your car and how to check when your tax is due

The DVLA has just launched a new campaign warning of the risks of not taxing your car.

As well as a potential fine, you could have your car clamped or even seized by authorities.

Even if your car is exempt, for instance if it is more than 40 years old, is a zero-emissions vehicle, or you are disabled, you must apply for zero-rate tax.

But keeping within the law is simple.

Check if your car is taxed

To check when your vehicle’s tax is due for renewal you can use the DVLA’s own tool.

You just need to enter the car’s registration number and the tool will tell you when its tax is due as well as whether it has a valid MOT and when the next test is due.

Taxing online

Taxing your car online is by far the quickest and easiest way to do it.

To do it you will need a reference number either from a recent tax reminder letter, you vehicle log book (V5C) or the green new keeper slip (V5C/2).

Go to www.gov.uk/dvla/taxyourvehicle and enter either the reference number from the reminder letter or the V5C reference number along with your car’s registration number.

You will then have the choice to pay for six months’ or 12 months’ tax by credit/debit card or set up a direct debit.

Since 2014 paper tax discs have no longer been issued so once your payment is confirmed, your car is taxed.

Failing to tax your car could see it clamped or impounded. Picture: Shutterstock

By phone

You can also tax your vehicle over the phone by calling 0300 123 4321.

You will need either the renewal reference number or the V5C reference number and credit or debit card details. You cannot set up a direct debit over the automated phone service.

At the post office

The third option is to pay for your tax over the counter at the Post Office.

You will need to take your car’s V5C or V5C/2 along with a credit or debit card, or bank details if you intend to set up a direct debit.

If your car has recently passed the MOT test it is also worth taking the pass certificate as the computer database can take up to two days to update.

In Northern Ireland you will also need proof of insurance to tax your vehicle.

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