Car tax

You need to tax your car to be able to legally drive on the road.

What is vehicle tax?

Road tax (Vehicle tax) is a government tax on car ownership. The DVLA collect the tax they are the same people that issue driving licences.

Paying vehicle tax by direct debit

What happens if you drive without valid car tax?

If the Police stop you and you do not have a valid car tax, you’ll get an automatic penalty of £80. You will also have to pay any arrears of vehicle tax which you owe.

Cost of road tax

  • Calculate vehicle tax rates for cars registered since March 2001
  • When paying for your car tax, you will have the option of a six months or 12 months rate.

How to get your car taxed

You will be able to buy or renew your car tax online, providing you have the V11 tax renewal reminder form.

  • You can also renew your car tax at the Post Office. You will need to take along the V11 tax reminder, your current MOT test certificate, and you’re of insurance or cover note.
  • If you haven’t received a V11 tax reminder, you’ll need to complete the V5C registration document or the green section (V5/2). You may also have to fill in a V10 ‘application for a vehicle licence’.
  • If you’ve recently bought a new car and are waiting for the V5C from the DVLA, you’ll need a V5/2 new keeper’s supplement.

If you don’t have the V5C or V5/2, you can’t tax the car at a Post Office. You will have to apply to the DVLA for a new V5C which could take six weeks to arrive.


If your car is going to be off the road for a while, you can apply online for SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) for the vehicle. While the car is not on the public highway, you will not need to pay car tax.

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