On October 1 2014 the DVLA made road tax non-transferable, a move that caused some confusion for those buying and selling used cars. However, most drivers are now familiar with the change.

Taxing your car can be done 24 hours a day using the government's online system at www.gov.uk/tax-disc. One of the following is required to pay your road tax:


  • V11 - a 16-digit reference number detailed on your vehicle tax renewal letter
  • V5C - an 11-digit reference number on your vehicle's log book
  • V5C/2 - If you've just purchased a vehicle, this is the 12-digit reference number on your new keeper supplement


Some older cars may have a reference number of fewer than 12 digits. In this case you should make contact with the DVLA through this link: https://www.gov.uk/contact-the-dvla


Can I tax my vehicle by phone?

Yes, you can call 0300 123 4321 (textphone 0300 790 6201) to pay your road tax. The process is automated and takes just a few minutes. However, you cannot arrange payment by Direct Debit by phone. Locale rate charges apply.


Can I pay at the Post Office?

Most Post Offices still let you pay your road tax at the counter. You can pay by debit/credit card, or Direct Debit. Simply take along your V11 reminder, V5C or new keeper supplement (V5C/2). You may also need your up-to-date MOT test certificate, which must still be valid at the time the tax period begins. You’ll also need to know the payment sum detailed on the reminder.


What if I'm exempt?

If you're exempt from paying road tax - e.g. because you're disabled or your vehicle was built before 1 January 1979 - your vehicle must still be taxed.