Vehicle Tax FAQs

Vehicle tax left you stuck in a jam? Not to worry – here are a few things you might need to know.

Which documents do I need to renew my tax?

You need either a reminder from the DVLA (known as a V11) or your Registration Certificate (known as a V5C). 

If you have lost your V5C Registration Certificate, you can tax using a (V62) form for taxing a vehicle

If taxing a vehicle registered to a Northern Ireland address you will need to show a valid vehicle insurance certificate or cover note.

You’ll need to bring these to any Post Office branch that deals with vehicle tax. Find a local branch that can sort out vehicle tax with our Branch Finder.

You’ll also need an up to date MOT – which has to be valid when your tax first starts. 
If it’s a goods vehicle or a public vehicle, you might need a valid GVT or PSVC.

 

I’ve just bought a car – what should I do?

The seller should have given you a V5C/2 – sometimes called a New Keeper Supplement – when you bought the vehicle.

You can tax online or at the Post Office using the 12-digit reference number from the V5C/2 New Keeper Supplement.

Do I still need a tax disc?

No – tax discs have been phased out since 1 October 2014.

I don’t have my DVLA reminder or my registration document. Can I still renew my vehicle tax at the Post Office?

Absolutely. If you’re missing your DVLA reminder (called a V11) or your Registration Certificate (known as the V5C) you can still pay vehicle tax at the Post Office.

At the same time, you can apply for a Registration Certificate using an application form known as a (V62). A (V62) is available at any Post Office that deals with vehicle tax. The cost is £25.00.

Find a local branch that can sort out vehicle tax with our Branch Finder.

Can I tax my Heavy Goods Vehicle at the Post Office?

Yes -just fill in a V85/1 if you have one or V85.

Find a local branch that can sort out vehicle tax with our Branch Finder.

You’ll also need your Registration Certificate (your V5C). If you don’t have one, you can apply for a replacement – though this costs an extra £25.

 

My vehicle has been modified for reduced pollution. Can I still tax it at the Post Office?

Yes – just remember to bring your reduced pollution certificate when you come to pay your tax. 

As usual, you'll need your DVLA reminder a (V11) or your Registration Certificate (V5C) plus a valid MOT, a (V62) is also available at any Post Office that deals with vehicle tax.

Find a local branch that can sort out vehicle tax with our Branch Finder.

I’ve changed my vehicle’s tax class. Can I still pay tax at the Post Office?

Yes- though you'll need your DVLA reminder a ( V11) or your Registration Certificate (V5C) plus a valid MOT, a  (V62) is also available at any Post Office that deals with vehicle tax.

Find a local branch that can sort out vehicle tax with our Branch Finder.

My vehicle has been off the road. Can I still tax it at the Post Office?

Yes- though you'll still need you DVLA reminder a (V11) or your Registration Certificate (V5C) plus a valid MOT, a (V62) is also available at any Post Office that deals with  vehicle tax. 

Find a local branch that can sort out vehicle tax with our Branch Finder.

If you want to keep your vehicle off the road, you’ll need to make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) instead of renewing the vehicle tax. 

This applies if you’re going to keep your vehicle in a garage, on a drive, or on private land. Don’t worry – we can help with this too.