From 1 October 2014 you don't have to display a tax disc - but you still need to tax the vehicle
In one of the biggest changes in DVLA history the vehicle tax disc, which has been around for 93 years, is being abolished. From 1 October 2014, the paper tax disc will no longer need to be displayed on a vehicle windscreen.
If you have a tax disc with any months left to run after 1 October, DVLA is advising that you remove it from the windscreen and destroy it.
To drive or keep a vehicle on the road you will still need to get vehicle tax and DVLA will still send you a renewal reminder when your vehicle tax is due to expire. This applies to all types of vehicle including those exempt from payment of vehicle tax.
The abolition of the tax disc will affect what happens when you buy or sell a vehicle.
From 1 October, when you buy a used vehicle:
If you sell a vehicle after 1 October and you have notified DVLA, you will automatically get a refund for any full calendar months left on the vehicle tax.
DVLA will automatically issue a refund when a notification is received from the person named on DVLA's vehicle register that the vehicle has been:
You can easily check online the tax status of any vehicle that you intend to drive, including rental cars, if you know the vehicle registration number and vehicle make.
Check if a vehicle is taxed
Direct debit will be available for customers who need to tax their vehicle from 1 November 2014:
Provided an MOT remains valid, the payments will continue automatically until you tell DVLA to stop taking them or you cancel the Direct Debit with your bank.
The Direct Debit will be cancelled and payments automatically stopped when you tell DVLA that you no longer have the vehicle, or that the vehicle has been taken off the road and a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) made.
Direct Debit will not be available as a payment option for first registrations, fleet schemes or for HGVs paying the Road User Levy.
History of the tax disc
(13 August 2014)