Abolition of the tax disc

From 1 October 2014 you don't have to display a tax disc - but you still need to tax the vehicle

From 1 October 2014 you don't have to display a tax disc - but you still need to tax the vehicle

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.

You can apply online to tax or SORN your vehicle using your 16 digit reference number from your vehicle tax renewal reminder (V11) or 11 digit reference number from your log book (V5C).

Buying a vehicle

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:

  • the vehicle tax will no longer be transferred with the vehicle
  • you will have to get new vehicle tax yourself before you can use the vehicle

You can tax the vehicle using the New Keeper Supplement (V5C/2) part of the vehicle registration document - online or by phone (24/7) or over the counter at a Post Office®.

Selling a 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.

Vehicle tax refunds

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:

A Refund will also be automatically issued if the person on the vehicle register has changed the tax class on the vehicle to an exempt duty tax class.

Checking the tax status of a vehicle

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

Vehicle enquiry

Direct Debit

Direct debit will be available for customers who need to tax their vehicle from 1 November 2014:

  • annually
  • 6 monthly
  • monthly (12 months tax paid for on a monthly basis)

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

History of the tax disc

(13 August 2014)