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How to apply for a road tax online

If you do not have ample time to go to the DVLA to register your car, consider applying and paying for a road tax online. It is really an easy and uncomplicated procedure that could save you a lot of valuable time from commuting and waiting for your road tax to be paid.

What you need to know

Before you can start to apply for a road tax online, check that you have your 16-digit reference number (V11). If you are not in possession of the tax disc renewal letter, you can also use the 11-digit reference number (V5C) which you can find in your log book.

Once you have one of the above documents you can do the following:

  1. Go to the DVLA website.
  2. Apply for the tax disc. Your MOT Certificates and GVT Certificates will be verified.
  3. Check the tax disc you need from 6 or 12 months.
  4. Enter payment details. If you pay by credit card, there will be an additional fee of £2.5.
  5. Print off the confirmation page for your records,
  6. Once payment is made, your tax disc will be in the mail within five (5) working days. An email will also be sent (if you provide a valid email) to confirm the transaction.
  • Exemptions

Exemptions are valid for certain groups of people such as those with the disability exemption certificate. To qualify, the vehicle must already be registered in the ‘Disabled tax class.' If this is not done, you can apply for exemption. When you apply for a tax disc online, the system will verify with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Service Personnel and Veteran Agency (SPVA) if you are indeed exempted.

Vehicles not in use

Even if you don’t need to apply for a road tax online, but intend to keep your vehicle off the road, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency must still be informed. This means that a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) must be made until it is time to put your vehicle in road circulation, whereby, taxes must be paid.

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