Vehicle Tax

Vehicle Tax

  • Vehicle tax changed in October 2014 – here’s what it means for you
  • Vehicle tax can no longer be transferred with the vehicle. You will need to get new vehicle tax before you use it
  • You can now set up a Direct Debit for vehicle tax in branch
Overview

Stuck in a jam with road tax?

Whether you’re in a hatchback or a HGV, a motorbike or a monster truck – the Post Office will get your vehicle tax sorted in no time.

How to renew

First, you’ll need one of the following:

  • Your V85/1 if it’s a Heavy Good Vehicle (HGV)
  • Your V5C logbook
  • Your V5C/2 if you’ve just bought the vehicle

Bring one of these to your local Post Office branch. To find a local branch that can sort out vehicle tax, use our Branch Finder

If you don’t have any of these, then you need to apply for a fresh V5C. You need to fill out a V62 form, which you can pick up from Post Office branches. The cost is £25.

What else you’ll need

  • A valid MOT – it has to be 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 Reduced Pollution Certificate – if your vehicle has been modified for reduced pollution
  • A valid GVT or PSVC – if you need either of these, it’ll be mentioned on your vehicle tax reminder

If you’re in Northern Ireland, you’ll need to have a valid paper copy of either your certificate of insurance or a cover note. Your insurance needs to be valid from the date your vehicle tax starts or the date your vehicle tax is issued – whichever is later.

How to pay

When it comes to paying, you’ve got plenty of options:

  • Direct Debit
  • Cheque payable to Post Office Limited
  • Debit card
  • Cash (but not by post)
  • Post Office Budget Card
  • Postal Order
  • Sterling travellers cheques
  • Credit Card (there is a handling fee of £2.50 to pay for car tax with a credit card)

 

Taking a vehicle off the road

Are you planning to take your vehicle off the road? 

To declare SORN you can do this using your V11 tax reminder or V5C Registration Certificate. More information regarding SORN.

Don’t worry – we can help with this too. Just bring in your V11 form, which you can request from DVLA.

Frequently asked questions

For more information on vehicle tax, take a quick look at our FAQs

Prices

The rate of vehicle tax you pay depends on when your vehicle was first registered.

  • If your vehicle was registered before 1 March 2001, you pay according to engine size.
  • If your vehicle was registered on or after 1 March 2001, you pay according to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and type of fuel used.

To find out how much you’ll need to pay, take a look at the tables below.

The rates apply from 1 April 2015

Vehicles registered on or after 1 March 2001

Type of vehicle 12 Months 6 Months
Light Goods Vehicles    

All Vehicles

Band A (up to 100g/km)*

£225.00 £123.75
Diesel Car/Petrol Car

Nil

Nil

Not available

Not available

Alternative Fuel Car
Band B (101 - 110g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £20.00 Not available
Alternative Fuel Car £10.00 Not available
Band C (111 - 120g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £30.00 Not available
Alternative Fuel Car £20.00 Not available
Band D (121 - 130g/km)*    
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £110.00 £60.50
Alternative Fuel Car £100.00 £55.00
Band E (131 - 140g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £130.00 £71.50
Alternative Fuel Car £120.00 £66.00
Band F (141-150g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £145.00 £79.75
Alternative Fuel Car £135.00 £74.25
Band G (151-165g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £180.00 £99.00
Alternative Fuel Car £170.00 £93.50
Band H (166-175g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £205.00 £112.75
Alternative Fuel Car £195.00 £107.25
Band I (176-185g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £225.00 £123.75
Alternative Fuel Car £215.00 £118.25
Band J (186-200 g/Km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £265.00 £145.75
Alternative Fuel Car £255.00 £140.25
Band K (201-225g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £290.00     £159.50
Alternative Fuel Car £280     £154.00
Band L (226-255g/km)*   
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £490.00   £269.50
Alternative Fuel Car £480.00     £264.00
Band M (Over 255g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £505.00 £277.25
Alternative Fuel Car £495.00 £272.25

*These bands represent the CO2 emission levels for each band of vehicle

Vehicles registered before 1 March 2001

Type of vehicle 12 Months 6 Months
Private/Light Goods Vehicle (goods vehicles not over 3,500kg revenue weight)    
Not over 1549cc       £145.00   £79.75
Over 1549cc         £230.00 £126.50
Motorcycles  
Not over 150cc     £17.00 Not available
151cc up to 400cc     £38.00 Not available
401cc up to 600cc   £59.00 £32.45
Over 600cc £81.00 £44.55
Tricycles (including 3 wheeled cars not over 450kg)  
Not over 150cc £17.00 Not available
All other tricycles £81.00 £44.55
Vehicles in Disabled Tax Class Nil Nil
Historic Tax Class Nil Nil

Vehicles registered between 1 March 2003 - 31 December 2006

Type of vehicle 12 Months 6 Months
Light goods vehicles that meet the EURO 4 standard £140.00     £77.00
Other vehicles  

Rates of vehicle tax for light goods vehicles meeting Euro 4 and Euro 5 emission standards, lorries and other vehicles are listed in leaflet V149. 

You can pick up a copy at any Post Office branch that deals with vehicle tax.

The rate of vehicle tax you pay depends on when your vehicle was first registered.

  • If your vehicle was registered before 1 March 2001, you pay according to engine size.
  • If your vehicle was registered on or after 1 March 2001, you pay according to carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and type of fuel used.

To find out how much you’ll need to pay, take a look at the tables below.

The rates apply from 1 April 2015

Vehicles registered on or after 1 March 2001

Type of vehicle 12 Months
Light Goods Vehicles  

All Vehicles

Band A (up to 100g/km)*

£225.00
Diesel Car/Petrol Car

Nil

Nil

Alternative Fuel Car
Band B (101 - 110g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £20.00
Alternative Fuel Car £10.00
Band C (111 - 120g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £30.00
Alternative Fuel Car £20.00
Band D (121 - 130g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £110.00
Alternative Fuel Car £100.00
Band E (131 - 140g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £130.00
Alternative Fuel Car £120.00
Band F (141-150g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £145.00
Alternative Fuel Car £135.00
Band G (151-165g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £180.00
Alternative Fuel Car £170.00
Band H (166-175g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £205.00
Alternative Fuel Car £195.00
Band I (176-185g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £225.00
Alternative Fuel Car £215.00
Band J (186-200 g/Km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £265.00
Alternative Fuel Car £255.00
Band K (201-225g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £290.00    
Alternative Fuel Car £280  
Band L (226-255g/km)*   
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £490.00  
Alternative Fuel Car £480.00    
Band M (Over 255g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £505.00
Alternative Fuel Car £495.00

 

Type of vehicle 6 Months
Light Goods Vehicles  

All Vehicles

Band A (up to 100g/km)*

£123.75
Diesel Car/Petrol Car

Not available

Not available

Alternative Fuel Car
Band B (101 - 110g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car Not available
Alternative Fuel Car Not available
Band C (111 - 120g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car Not available
Alternative Fuel Car Not available
Band D (121 - 130g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £60.50
Alternative Fuel Car £55.00
Band E (131 - 140g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £71.50
Alternative Fuel Car £66.00
Band F (141-150g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £79.75
Alternative Fuel Car £74.25
Band G (151-165g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £99.00
Alternative Fuel Car £93.50
Band H (166-175g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £112.75
Alternative Fuel Car £107.25
Band I (176-185g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £123.75
Alternative Fuel Car £118.25
Band J (186-200 g/Km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £145.75
Alternative Fuel Car £140.25
Band K (201-225g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £159.50
Alternative Fuel Car £154.00
Band L (226-255g/km)*
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £269.50
Alternative Fuel Car £264.00
Band M (Over 255g/km)*  
Diesel Car/Petrol Car £277.25
Alternative Fuel Car £272.25

*These bands represent the CO2 emission levels for each band of vehicle

Vehicles registered before 1 March 2001

Type of vehicle 12 Months
Private/Light Goods Vehicle (goods vehicles not over 3,500kg revenue weight)  
Not over 1549cc       £145.00  
Over 1549cc         £230.00
Motor Cycles  
Not over 150cc     £17.00
151cc up to 400cc     £38.00
401cc up to 600cc   £59.00
Over 600cc £81.00
Tricycles (including 3 wheeled cars not over 450kg)  
Not over 150cc £17.00
All other tricycles £81.00
Vehicles in Disabled Tax Class Nil
Historic Tax Class Nil

 

Type of vehicle 6 Months
Private/Light Goods Vehicle (goods vehicles not over 3,500kg revenue weight)  
Not over 1549cc       £79.75
Over 1549cc         £126.50
Motor Cycles  
Not over 150cc     Not available
151cc up to 400cc     Not available
401cc up to 600cc   £32.45
Over 600cc £44.55
Tricycles (including 3 wheeled cars not over 450kg)  
Not over 150cc Not available
All other tricycles £44.55
Vehicles in Disabled Tax Class Nil
Historic Tax Class Nil

Vehicles registered between 1 March 2003 - 31 December 2006

Type of vehicle 12 Months 6 Months
Light goods vehicles that meet the EURO 4 standard £140.00     £77.00
Other vehicles  

Rates of vehicle tax for light goods vehicles meeting Euro 4 and Euro 5 emission standards, lorries and other vehicles are listed in leaflet V149. 

You can pick up a copy at any Post Office branch that deals with vehicle tax.

SORN

Are you planning to take your vehicle off the road? 

Then you’ll need to make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). 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.

How to apply

If you have your current V11 vehicle tax reminder form, you can arrange SORN by:

  1. Ticking the SORN declaration box on your V11 form
  2. Bringing your completed form to a vehicle licence-issuing Post Office branch

If you don’t have a V11 vehicle tax reminder, you’ll need a V5C instead. You can register SORN online or on the phone with your V5C by:

  • Using the www.gov.uk
  • Calling 0300 123 4321
  • Calling DVLA's Textphone number service on 0300 790 6201
Forms

DVLA Forms

Here’s a guide to the forms you might need to sort out your vehicle tax.

Form     Description - For all MVL branches
V10     Vehicle licence application
V62 Application for a registration certificate
V85 HGV licence application
V112 Exemption for vehicle testing
V112G Exemption for goods vehicle testing
All MVL Branches except Northern Ireland
D1 Driving Licence Application
For Welsh branches only
D1W     Driving Licence Application
V10W     Vehicle licence application form
V62W     Application for a registration certificate
V85W     HGV licence application
For Northern Irish branches only
DL1     Driving Licence Application form
VDD1 Application to apply for vehicles tax by direct debit at the Post Office

 

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