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Car tax explained: What is the DVLA and VED? How much car tax should I pay? Car tax bands and rates explained. How much tax should I pay if my vehicle was first registered on or after 1st April 2017? First-year tax rates for vehicles by emissions and fuel type (cars registered on or after 1st April 2017 only): Car tax rates for second tax payments onwards(cars registered on or after 1st April 2017 only): How much tax will I pay if my vehicle was registered between 1st March 2001 and 31st March 2017? What if my car was first registered before 1st March 2001? Is my vehicle exempt from car tax? Car Tax Checker – How do I use Parkers car tax checker to check how much tax to pay on my car? Step 1: Visit Parker’s Car Tax Checker page Step 2: Find your vehicle What were the recent car tax changes in the UK? How do I pay car tax at the Post Office, online or by phone? How do I pay car tax online? Step 1: Go to the Government’s vehicle tax service website Step 2: Select whether you have your V11 Step 3: Enter your vehicle’s registration number and 11 digit reference Step 4: Check and confirm your details Step 5: Choose whether to pay your car tax annually or monthly How do I Pay car tax by phone? How do I pay car tax at the Post Office? How do I cancel my car tax and get a tax refund? How do I get a tax refund when I sell or declare my vehicle off road (SORN)? How do I get a tax refund when my vehicle has been written off? How do I get a tax refund when my car has been stolen? How do I get a tax refund when exporting my vehicle? How do I get a tax refund if I’ve changed my vehicle’s tax class? FAQs Videos

Car tax or road tax, also known as vehicle excise duty (VED), needs to be paid for every car registered in the UK.

Car tax is due regardless of whether your car is being driven regularly or parked up unused on a public road. Vehicles kept off public roads will need to be taxed or have a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification).

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Car tax explained:

  1. What is the DVLA?
  2. How much car tax should I pay? Car tax bands and rates explained.
  3. How do I use Parker’s car tax checker to check how much tax to pay?
  4. What were the recent car tax changes in the UK?
  5. How to pay car tax at the Post Office
  6. How to pay car tax online
  7. How to pay car tax over the phone
  8. How do I get a tax refund?

Getting your head around VED and navigating the DVLA website can be a painstaking task – especially if you’re strapped for time.

That is exactly why we have put together this ultimate guide to car tax – to help you make sense of all the intricacies of the vehicle tax system in the UK, hopefully saving you some time and money in the process.

What is the DVLA and VED?

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DVLA stands for ‘Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’.To drive in the UK you must be registered and licensed with the DVLA.

The DVLA is a government-run organisation responsible for collecting vehicle excise duty (VED) and it, therefore, keeps a database of the registration and licensing status of every driver and car on UK roads.

The DVLA is the body that will issue driving licences and registration certificates. They will also record driver endorsements e.g. points on your licence and any consequent disqualifications.

They are also the body with overall responsibility for collecting car tax and taking action against vehicle tax evaders.

How much car tax should I pay? Car tax bands and rates explained.

How much tax you will pay every year depends on which VED (vehicle excise duty) band your vehicle falls into. The UK government has targets it needs to hit with regard to climate change and emissions, so the VED bands are largely rates based on your vehicle’s CO2 emissions.

There are different rates of tax depending on when your car was first registered. The bands are as follows [as of January 2021]:

  • Car was first registered on or after 1st April 2017
  • Car was first registered between 1st March 2001 and 31st March 2017
  • Car was first registered before 1st March 2001

How much tax should I pay if my vehicle was first registered on or after 1st April 2017?

For cars first registered on or after April 2017, the cost of your first payment is dependant on your vehicle’s CO2 emissions.

However, when it comes to renewing your annual car tax there will simply be a flat rate that is dependant on the fuel type of your vehicle, regardless of the CO2 emissions.

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Vehicles with a list price of more than £40,000 (the advertised price before any discounts) will have to pay an additional £310 a year in VED. You will need to pay this rate for 5 years, starting from the second time the vehicle is taxed.

Some alternative fuel vehicles, typically electric vehicles, require no tax whatsoever to be paid (those with CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and costing less than £40,000 to be more specific).

Electric vehicles with emissions over 50g/km will only have to pay tax in the first year – after that, it’s totally free. No wonder efficient cars are more popular than ever.

The chart below from the government’s website will show you the first-year rate for your vehicle.

NOTE: If you would like to check rates and find out which band your vehicle is in, just skip to how to use Parker’s car tax checker to check how much tax to pay.

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First-year tax rates for vehicles by emissions and fuel type (cars registered on or after 1st April 2017 only):

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After the first 12 months of tax your rate will be flat for each further year.

This rate will depend on the fuel type of your vehicle, regardless of its CO2 emissions. Alternative fuel vehicles include hybrids, bioethanol and liquid petroleum gas. See the table below to find your second tax rate.

Car tax rates for second tax payments onwards(cars registered on or after 1st April 2017 only):

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How much tax will I pay if my vehicle was registered between 1st March 2001 and 31st March 2017?

If your car was first registered between 1st March 2001 and 31st March 2017 then it will fall under the old tax bands. The amount you will pay is based on the CO2 emissions your vehicle produces.

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What if my car was first registered before 1st March 2001?

If your car was first registered before 1st March 2001 then the tax rate is based simply on engine size. There are only two tiers for cars first registered before this date.

The rate for engines up to 1549cc is £145.00 per year. The rate for engine sizes over 1549cc is £235.00 per year.

NOTE: The car tax disk is dead. Since October 1st 2014 you are no longer required to display a tax disc. The DVLA now use their database to check who has paid and who has not.

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Is my vehicle exempt from car tax?

Some owners don’t have to pay any tax e.g. owners of certain electric cars like the BMW i3, those with disabilities may also be exempt from vehicle tax, and cars made before January 1st 1974 are exempt too. These are known as ‘historic vehicles’.

Car Tax Checker – How do I use Parkers car tax checker to check how much tax to pay on my car?

If you’re as lost as most people are when trying to find out how much CO2 emissions a car produces/its engine size don’t fear. Parker’s car tax checker is here.

This handy car tax calculator tool will help you check how much tax you’ll need to pay on your own car or that shiny new motor you’ve been eyeing up.

Step 1: Visit Parker’s Car Tax Checker page

Head to Parker’s website and car tax checker page and choose the details that match the car you are interested in from the table, then calculate your car tax.

We’ve gone for the Ford Focus Hatchback (05-11 models), one of the most ubiquitous hatchbacks on the UK market in this example below:

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Step 2: Find your vehicle

Click on ‘Go’ and a table similar to the below will appear:

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The table includes lots of relevant information like annual, six-monthly, and first-year road tax rates as well as the different levels of CO2 emissions for each model variation.

The first-year rate is shown as ‘N/A’ for all of these models, as the 2005-2011 Ford Focus is clearly no longer available to buy new, so the first-year rate would have already been paid by the first owner.

If you were to choose a new vehicle then you would see a different rate for the first year in some cases.

You can see a new Ford Focus Hatchback RS 2.3 EcoBoost equivalent below:

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What were the recent car tax changes in the UK?

On April 1st 2017 the new VED (car tax) rules were put into practice.

In order for the UK government to hit its targets on fighting climate change and the levels of CO2 in our atmosphere, taxes were broadly increased on high emission vehicles.

Before the new VED bands were introduced in April 2017, the tax on a car with CO2 emissions over 255g/km was £550 for the first year. With the new rates, that same vehicle would now set you back £2,000 in the first year.

That’s a 263% increase. However, with the old bands, you would continue to pay a rate based on your vehicle’s emissions year on year.

With the new rates (announced in November 2017), you pay a flat rate of a maximum of £147 a year after the first year of tax. This amount is the same for every diesel/petrol vehicle, no matter how much CO2 emissions that car produces.

Because of this, it is actually possible to pay less tax in the long term on a high emissions vehicle than it was under the old rules.

The new rules are intended to put people off the initial purchasing of a high emissions vehicle by slapping you with a high first-year tax payment. But this is normally included in the purchase price anyway.

With new diesel car buyers being hit with additional costs for taxing their vehicle, used diesel prices have been falling as a result in recent years. We look at the pros and cons of buying and selling a diesel car in this guide.

From April 1st 2018, new diesel vehicles may be subject to move one band above their original band if they don’t meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standards in the RDE2 ‘real world’ tests.

This test measures the amount of NOx emissions a vehicle produces under ‘real-world’ driving conditions. Currently, a limit of 80mg/km has been set but the government has allowed for a compliance factor of 1.5 times.

This makes the current limit 140mg/km. If a diesel vehicle breaches this upper limit, its first-year tax rate will be pushed up a band.

It is estimated that this change will affect around two million cars with high emission engines. Big engined cars and ‘sports’ models may end up paying up to £500 more in first-year rates. Something to think about if you’re considering buying an SUV.

Smaller diesel vehicles like the Ford Fiesta can expect an additional £20 added onto to first-year rates. See our custom table below for more information:

How do I pay car tax at the Post Office, online or by phone?

In this section of the guide will cover the various ways in which you can pay or renew your car tax. For any of these methods you will need at least one of the following to hand:

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  • V11 letter from the DVLA (this should be sent to you around a month before your VED due date).
  • V5C logbookthe V5, your vehicle’s logbook. This must be in your name.
  • V5C/2 – the new keeper’s details slip. This would have come from the previous owner’s logbook if you recently bought the car.
  • V85/1 – if it’s a Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV)

If you don’t have any of these documents then you will need to apply for a new V5C. To do this, you’ll need to fill out a V62 form. You can pick one of these up from your local Post Office. The cost is £25.

Your car will also have to have a valid MOT (this has to be valid from the date your vehicle tax starts or the date your vehicle tax is issued. Whichever is the latest).

There are a number of ways to pay your car tax with the DVLA. Just scroll to the section relevant to you.

How do I pay car tax online?

Step 1: Go to the Government’s vehicle tax service website

Head to the Government’s vehicle tax servicehere and click on ‘Start now’.

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Step 2: Select whether you have your V11

You will be taken to a page that asks whether you have your V11 to hand. Select ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ and continue.

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Step 3: Enter your vehicle’s registration number and 11 digit reference

In our example case, we don’t have a V11 to hand but we do have a V5C so we’ll select that option at the next step. Once you click Continue you’ll be taken through to the page below.

Enter your vehicle’s registration number and 11 digit reference. The 11 digit reference can be found at the bottom of your V5C document on the inside. It should say ‘Doc . Ref . No’ followed by your unique 11-digit number.

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Step 4: Check and confirm your details

You will then be asked to check and confirm the details you have provided. In this example, the vehicle’s tax expired back in Jan 2011. It has been declared off road with via SORN (statutory off road notice) so tax was no longer required. Now if the car is going back on the road it needs to be taxed.

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Step 5: Choose whether to pay your car tax annually or monthly

After clicking continue, you will be given the option to choose whether to pay your VED monthly or annually.

Paying annually will always be cheaper. You will also be asked whether you want to pay by credit/debit card or setup a direct debit (if you want your car tax payment to come out of your account automatically every year).

How do I Pay car tax by phone?

If you would like the pay your car tax by phone you can simply call the DVLA’s vehicle tax service on 0300 1234 321. It is a 24 hour service but note it may cost you up to 10p per minute on a landline and from 3p-40p from your mobile. Always check with your provider.

Before the call make sure you have at least one of the forms mentioned at the start of this section (V11, V5C or V5C/2) and your car’s VRM (vehicle registration mark) to hand.

You can pay by debit or credit card over the phone but you won’t be able to setup a direct debit. You will need to do this online or in the Post Office.

How do I pay car tax at the Post Office?

Many people prefer to do things the old fashioned way and pay their VED at their local Post Office. You will need to bring at least one of the forms mentioned at the start of this section (V11, V5C or V5C/2) with you.

Simply head to your local branch with one of these forms and a member of staff will be able to help. When it comes to paying, you’ve got plenty of options. The Post Office accepts:

  • Direct Debit
  • Cheque payable to Post Office Limited
  • Debit Card
  • Cash (excluding by post)
  • Post Office Budget Card
  • Postal Order
  • Sterling travellers cheques
  • Credit Card (£2.50 handling fee)

How do I cancel my car tax and get a tax refund?

You could be eligible for a car tax refund if your car has been sold, taken off-road, written off, scrapped, stolen, registered exempt, or exported out of the UK.

You can inform the DVLA about any of the above by calling: 0300 123 4321to cancel your car tax.

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Once you have informed the DVLA, your vehicle tax will be cancelled. If you paid by direct debit, the payment will be stopped and you will get a refund automatically.

Your refund will be posted to you as a cheque for any full months left on your vehicle tax.

The amount is calculated from the date the DVLA receives your information so remember to alert them immediately of any changes.

How do I get a tax refund when I sell or declare my vehicle off road (SORN)?

If you sell your car, whether privately, to an online car buyer or to a dealer and there’s still outstanding tax on it, you’ll be due a refund from the DVLA.

This should happen automatically, as when selling you fill out your V5/VC5 with the new owner’s details.

This informs the DVLA you are no longer responsible for the tax on that particular vehicle. This will also happen automatically when you register your vehicle as off the road (SORN).

Any months remaining on your car tax will be be refunded. A cheque will be sent in the post addressed to the name and address on the vehicle’s V5C document. It should arrive in the post after 6 weeks.

Again, make sure to notify the DVLA as soon as possible after you sell your car to avoid losing any due money.

How do I get a tax refund when my vehicle has been written off?

Writing off a vehicle is essentially selling your vehicle to your insurance company and just the same as when you sell your vehicle, you could be due a car tax refund if there is any remaining tax on it.

If you’re vehicle has been written off, you will need to inform the DVLA in order to get your refund. You can tell the DVLA here. You will be refunded by cheque and this should arrive in the post after 6 weeks.

How do I get a tax refund when my car has been stolen?

If your vehicle has been stolen and the insurance has paid out, you will be due a tax refund if your car tax isn’t due for renewal.

To get your refund you will need to tell the DVLA that the car has been stolen and the insurance has paid out. You can do this here. You will be refunded by cheque. This should arrive in the post after 6 weeks.

How do I get a tax refund when exporting my vehicle?

If you are moving out of the country or taking your vehicle out of the country for more than 12 months (known as a permanent export) you will need to inform the DVLA before getting your tax refund. You can find out how to do that here.

You will need to fill out the V5C/4 page of you V5C logbook and send it back to the DVLA (address below).

DVLA,
Swansea,
UnitedKingdom
SA99 1BD

Include with a letter stating your new address. You will be refunded by cheque. This should arrive to your new address in the post after 6 weeks.

How do I get a tax refund if I’ve changed my vehicle’s tax class?

If you modify or make changes to your vehicle then you may be eligible for a car tax refund. For example, you won’t have to pay tax if you modify your car to be used for the disabled.

You may also downsize the engine or change the fuel type. This may change your vehicle’s tax class/band too. You will first need to notify DLVA of any changes.

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If your tax rate decreases you will pay the decreased rate from the first day of the next month. You can find out more about modifying your vehicle here.

Looking for more tips related to car ownership?

Take a look at some of our extensive info pages below:

  • V5C – The ultimate guide to the V5 logbook
  • How to sell a car without a V5C
  • How to SORN a car
  • Euro 6 emission standards and compliance
  • What documents do I need to sell my car?
  • Is my car insured? How to check your car has insurance
  • What insurance group is my car? How to check your car’s insurance group
  • Service history – the ultimate guide
  • The ultimate guide to electric cars
  • Car depreciation guide
  • How much does it cost tax an electric car?

FAQs

What are the car tax changes for 2022? ›

Increase in standard road tax rates

The standard rate of road tax paid from the second year onwards has also increased slightly. For cars registered after 2017, the rate has increased by 6%, in line with the Retail Prices Index (RPI).

What documents do I need to tax my car at the post office? ›

A valid MOT certificate (valid from the date your vehicle tax starts or the date your vehicle tax is issued, whichever is later) A valid Exemption Certificate (if you claim disabled vehicle tax) A valid GVT or PSVC (if you need either of these, it will be mentioned on your vehicle tax reminder)

How long does it take for the car tax system update? ›

It can sometimes take up to 5 days for the tax expiry date to be updated after you tax a vehicle.

Can I tax my car at the post office without a V5C? ›

If you do not have a V5C or new keeper slip

If you're the new keeper, you cannot tax your vehicle without a new keeper slip. You'll need to apply for a new V5C by post. You can also get the form from the Post Office.

Does car tax always start from 1st of month? ›

DVLA will take the payments on the first working day of the month. You cannot change it to a different date. To change how often you pay (for example, from every 6 months to monthly), you have to cancel your Direct Debit and then tax your vehicle again.

How is UK road tax calculated? ›

Car tax rates are based on fuel type and CO2 emissions. There is a different way to find tax rates for other types of vehicle, including used cars. If you have the V5C reference number for a vehicle, it may be quicker to use the Get vehicle information from DVLA service.

Do you need MOT certificate to tax car at Post Office? ›

Do I need an MOT certificate to tax my car at the post office? You don't need to bring a physical MOT certificate to the post office in order to tax your vehicle, but you do need to have a current MOT as the post office staff will check the status of your vehicle before taxing it.

Do you need an insurance certificate to tax a car? ›

No, you can't. To tax a car, you must already have an insurance policy in place. You can tax your car without having the actual insurance document to hand, but you still need to have car insurance.

Can I tax my car without my logbook? ›

Can I tax a car without a log book? No, you can't tax a car without a log book as you need the 11-digit reference number. If you're a new keeper of the car and you don't have a V5C in your name yet, then you can use your green new keeper slip and tax the car using the 12-digit reference number.

Can you drive your car straight after taxing it? ›

You need to make sure your car's been taxed before you can drive it away. If you're buying your car from a dealership, they might well sort that out for you. But if you're buying privately, you need to ensure you're covered.

Do you get any days grace on car tax? ›

Are There Any Grace Periods for Paying Car Tax? There are no longer any grace periods for car tax.

Do the DVLA inform you when your car tax is due? ›

Your Direct Debit for vehicle tax will renew automatically when it's due to run out. You'll get an email or letter telling you when your payments will be taken. You will not be sent a vehicle tax reminder letter (V11).

How can I tax my car without the green slip or logbook? ›

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Why is it saying my V5C reference number invalid? ›

If the system does not recognise the document reference number on the V5C then this means that you are using an out of date V5C and another one has been issued since. If you cannot find another V5C to use, you can declare the vehicle off road by printing and posting a V890 form to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AR.

Can you change ownership of a vehicle online without v5? ›

The V5C or Logbook holds all the ownership info for your vehicle. Once a car has been sold or changed ownership, you can also notify the DVLA without needing the V5C if it's unavailable. In fact, you can now do that online.

Can you tax a car online on a Sunday? ›

You can tax your car online 24 hours a day, 365 days a year online. You can tax your car both online and offline.

Can I tax my car with only 3 days MOT left? ›

To tax your car, you will need an MOT that is valid from the start date of your vehicle tax or the date it is issued. If your MOT expires before either of these dates, you will not be able to use it to tax your vehicle.

What must you have when renewing road tax? ›

Explanation: You can renew your vehicle tax online, at post offices and vehicle registration offices, or by phone. When applying, make sure you have all the relevant valid documents, including a valid MOT test certificate where applicable.

What determines your road tax? ›

Since March 2001, VED rates have been split into 13 bands depending on the CO2 emissions of the vehicle. In basic terms, the lower the CO2, the lower the tax band.

Is road tax based on engine size? ›

The tax rate is based on engine size only. There is one rate for engines up to 1549cc and one for over 1549cc.

How much is UK road tax per year? ›

The current annual flat rate of road tax is £165 (up from £155 in the 2021/2022 financial year). There's a £10 annual discount for alternatively fuelled vehicles (hybrids, mild hybrids and plug-in hybrids), so their owners pay £155 a year (up from £145 in the last financial year).

Can I drive my car to MOT without tax and insurance? ›

Quite simply – no. You cannot drive a car to an MOT station without insurance – and if you do, you could be subject to prosecution, fixed-penalty fines – and possibly even have your car confiscated and destroyed. There is some confusion in this area – but confusion doesn't mean you can break the law.

What happens if you have no tax or MOT? ›

If your car has no valid MOT and no tax, you can drive it to a test centre. That's because, without an MOT, you will be unable to renew your road tax. By law, your vehicle needs to have passed its MOT test to be taxed. Once it passes, however, you must immediately organise your car tax so you are driving legally.

Do I need to tax or insure my car first? ›

Long story short - yes. Because of the law of Continuous Insurance Enforcement, you can't tax a car without insurance. You need to have insurance if you want to have a car, and if you want to drive the car, you'll need to tax it.

Can you leave a taxed but uninsured car on the road? ›

As others absolute no, it has to be insured, even if you parked it on the footpath clear of the roadway.

Can I renew road tax without insurance? ›

You cannot renew your roadtax without insurance. You must renew your insurance before you can proceed with roadtax renewal.

Can I tax car without v5 or V11? ›

Yes, you can tax a car without a V11 form, you can use one of the following instead: V5C. V62 application for a registration. A green 'new keeper' slip if the car has just been purchased.

Can you find your V5C online? ›

You need to get a log book (V5C) if the original has been lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed by you or your insurance company. You can get a duplicate log book online if you do not need to change anything in the log book. The log book will be posted to the address which the DVLA has on record.

Where do I find the 16 digit reference number? ›

The 16 digit reference number from your tax disc renewal letter, which is also known as your V11. Or the 11 digit reference number from your log book, also known as your V5C.

Can you get points for no tax? ›

Do you get points on your licence for no road tax? No, the punishment for driving without road tax does not include penalty points on your licence. If you're caught driving without valid VED, an automated letter and a fine will be sent to the address of the registered keeper of the vehicle, which is likely to be you.

How much is a DVLA fine for no tax? ›

If the OCS is not paid, as a criminal offence the case may be pursued through the magistrates' court. The penalty is either £1,000 or five times the amount of tax chargeable, whichever is greater. Vehicle may be clamped and additional fees may apply. The Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 (VERA) (as amended).

What happens if I pay my car tax Late UK? ›

You'll be fined £80 if you do not tax your vehicle or tell DVLA that it's off the road. You'll also have to pay for the time it was not taxed. If you do not pay your fine on time your vehicle could be clamped or crushed, or your details passed to a debt collection agency.

Can you get pulled over for no tax? ›

It is has become extremely difficult to avoid paying tax due to monthly database checks carried out on all vehicles. You will be fined if you are found to be driving without road tax, and, if you do not pay, a County Court judgment can be issued or authorities may clamp, tow or even crush your vehicle.

Can I drive my car on the day tax expires? ›

No, even if you've just bought a car, you can't drive it without paying car tax. Regardless of when you bought a car, if you're driving it without paying tax you could be fined for it.

How long does it take the DVLA to remove an untaxed vehicle? ›

If a vehicle is untaxed, we will contact the DVLA and inspect the vehicle (within one working day of the report to us). If the vehicle is a danger to the public, we will remove it (within one working day of the report to us). If the vehicle is not a danger to the public, we'll put a warning notice on it.

What documents do I need to tax my car at the post office? ›

A valid MOT certificate (valid from the date your vehicle tax starts or the date your vehicle tax is issued, whichever is later) A valid Exemption Certificate (if you claim disabled vehicle tax) A valid GVT or PSVC (if you need either of these, it will be mentioned on your vehicle tax reminder)

Can I drive my car while waiting for the V5? ›

Anyone who is the owner or has the permission of the owner to drive a car can do so lawfully, if insured. The V5 identifies the registered keeper, that is all. If you buy the car, you will be the owner of it, not the seller. Once you own the car, you do not need the seller's permission to drive it.

How long does a log book take to come? ›

You should apply by post if you need to change the vehicle details. You'll usually receive your log book after 4 weeks if you apply by post.

What happens if you can't find your V5? ›

If you've lost your V5C certificate, commonly called a car log book, don't panic. You can get a replacement log book from the DVLA, giving you proof that you are the registered keeper of your vehicle.

Can I tax a car without a v5? ›

If you do not have a V5C or new keeper slip

If you're the new keeper, you cannot tax your vehicle without a new keeper slip. You'll need to apply for a new V5C by post. You can also get the form from the Post Office.

What is the V5C document reference number? ›

V5C Registration Certificate (logbook)

The registered keeper is required by law to notify DVLA if the vehicle is sold, transferred or dismantled (scrapped). The important part to conceal is the 'document reference number', an 11 digit code printed in five different sections of the V5C.

Why would a vehicle not show up on DVLA? ›

The main reason for this is that they don't want to tax and register a car, only for the order to be cancelled. It's as simple as that. So, one of the main reasons why your car is not showing on the DVLA database is that it hasn't been registered yet. Also, the DVLA is a national body.

How do you transfer a car to someone else? ›

The easiest way to legally transfer a car to its new owner is via the DVLA website online. Changing the registered keeper of a car has been made much easier with the help of the internet. When you sell your car or buy a new one, you have to change ownership of the car before you can sort out insurance and road tax.

How do I transfer ownership of a car to a family member UK? ›

The most convenient way to transfer the ownership is online through DVLA on the government's website – you'll need a V5C certificate on hand to enter an 11 digit reference number. After you complete a quick ownership transfer form online, a green slip will be issued which you should then give to the new owner.

What document proves ownership of a car? ›

To prove that you own the car, you'll need some sort of receipt or invoice from when you bought it. Even if you buy the car privately, make sure the seller gives you some sort of written agreement detailing the date of sale, the amount you paid and the method of payment.

Is diesel car tax going up? ›

Vehicle Excise Duty (also known as vehicle tax, car tax or road tax) is set to rise in line with inflation from April 2022 and will see the cost of owning a petrol or diesel vehicle rise.

Is road tax based on emissions? ›

The rate of tax you pay depends on the car's official CO2 emissions and the type of fuel it uses. You can break these payments up to help manage the costs but you have to pay a little extra to do this.

Does road tax increase every year? ›

2021 car tax (VED) increase

Vehicle excise duty (VED) rates tend to increase bit-by-bit every year, and the same is true of the tax-year beginning in April 2021, although the rate has been fixed for some low-emissions vehicles.

What is Band A road tax? ›

Tax bands for cars registered after March 2001 and before April 2017
VED bandCO2 emissionsAnnual rate
AUp to 100g/km£0
B101-110g/km£20
C111-120g/km£30
D121-130g/km£135
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5 Aug 2022

Is it worth buying a diesel car 2022? ›

Yes, a diesel car is still worth buying in 2022. If you are in need of a car and are not financially ready for hybrid or electric options, a diesel vehicle can serve the purpose. The UK government is not banning the sales of diesel vehicles until 2030.

Is it worth keeping a diesel car? ›

Whether it's worth buying a diesel car in 2022 partly comes down to how you plan to use it. If you're mainly using the car for long journeys on the motorway, then a diesel could make sense. But, if you're just be making short trips across town, then buying a diesel car is unlikely to be the best choice.

What are the new rules for diesel cars? ›

All new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans are set to be banned from sale in 2030. New hybrids will be given a stay of execution until 2035, on the condition they are capable of covering a "significant distance" in zero-emission mode - a term which the Government has yet to define.

What is a good CO2 emission for a car? ›

What is considered a 'good' CO2 emission level for a car? Anything less than 100g/km can be considered low – or good – CO2 emissions. Cars that produce 99g/km or less, and that were registered before 1 April 2017, owe no road tax.

How soon before expiry can I tax my car? ›

You can tax your vehicle up to 2 months before it expires if you're going to be away from home (eg on holiday) when your current tax runs out.

How many cars can I sell without paying tax UK? ›

There is no minimum number of cars an individual can sell before they are deemed to be a trader. A person will only be considered a trader if they buy cars mainly for the purpose of reselling them at a profit, regardless of the number of vehicles sold each year.

What are the tax bands for 2022 23? ›

Income tax on earned income is charged at three rates: the basic rate, the higher rate and the additional rate. For 2022/23 these three rates are 20%, 40% and 45% respectively.

Can you tax a car without being the registered keeper? ›

You can only tax the vehicle if you are the owner, as a V5C only proves you are the registered keeper of said vehicle. The Government website reads: "If you buy a vehicle that doesn't have a V5C vehicle registration certificate (log book), you may not be able to tax it. Did you make this mistake when you sold your car?

How much is UK road tax per year? ›

The current annual flat rate of road tax is £165 (up from £155 in the 2021/2022 financial year). There's a £10 annual discount for alternatively fuelled vehicles (hybrids, mild hybrids and plug-in hybrids), so their owners pay £155 a year (up from £145 in the last financial year).

Which cars are in band A? ›

Top 13 Cars in Tax Band A
  • NISSAN QASHQAI. The multi-award winning Nissan Qashqai has been a popular model in the UK for more than 10 years now because of its stylish design and practical appeal to families. ...
  • CITROËN C4 RANGE. ...
  • VAUXHALL INSIGNIA. ...
  • PEUGEOT 308. ...
  • FORD FIESTA. ...
  • FIAT 500. ...
  • DACIA SANDERO. ...
  • AUDI A3.

What is a band a vehicle UK? ›

Depending on the amount of CO2 they emit, cars will fall into one of the 13 tax bands lettered from A (less than 100 g/km) to M (more than 255 g/km). So, a car in band A will pay £0, while a car in band M will pay an annual VED rate of £600.

How does tax work when buying a used car? ›

Where the road tax used to belong to a vehicle, it now belongs to the owner of that vehicle. It means you can no longer sell a used car and include any remaining tax as a sweetener. The newer rules have also led to the abolition of the paper tax disc that used to be displayed in every car's windscreen.

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