Aside from your vehicle registration, another thing that you need to do before you could legally drive your vehicle on the road is to apply for taxation. There are various ways on how this can be done, including calling the DVLA road tax contact number: 0300 123 4321 We’ll go through these options, as well as tackle more information about taxing vehicles that you may find helpful as a vehicle owner in the UK.
You can tax your car on the ‘phone on 0300 123 4321 fully automated 24/7 service. Takes less than 4 minutes and charged at local rate
— DVLA (@DVLAgovuk) September 30, 2014
Taxing a New Vehicle
When you purchase a vehicle, one of your duties is to apply to have it taxed. Even if you bought a used car, you would still need to apply for road tax since the tax of the previous owner would not be transferred to you after the sale. Some of the documents that you could use for this application are the V5C/2 new keeper supplement if you are the new owner and you don’t have a V5C yet, V62 application for a registration certificate or a V5C registration certificate that’s already under your name. You could do the application online by going to https://www.vehicletax.service.gov.uk/. If you don’t have a V11 reminder, click on the appropriate link and follow the on-screen instructions.
Aside from doing this online, you may also do this by phone by dialing DVLA road tax contact number 0300 123 4321. Another option is to visit a local Post Office that take care of taxing vehicles. You could find a branch near you by using this branch finder. There’s a fee to make and you would also need to bring your V5C registration certificate or V5C/2 new keeper supplement.
You should receive a V11 or vehicle tax reminder letter when your tax is about to be due soon. Follow the same procedures as with applying for a new vehicle taxation for the renewal. Even if you don’t have V11, you could still tax your vehicle using your V5C, V5C/2 or V62. You may call the same DVLA road tax contact number, pay at a post office or do this online.
If you’re expected to travel during the period of your tax renewal, you could make an advance payment. You would need to send various documents to DVLA including your V5C registration certificate, filled up V10 and a letter that explains why you need to pay for your road tax in advance. You may send these documents together with your banker’s draft, postal order or cheque to this address: DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1DZ.
Tax Refunds for Your Vehicle
You are qualified for a tax refund for your vehicle for various reasons including the following:
- You would not be using your vehicle in public roads and you made a Statutory Off Road Notification or SORN.
- You exported your vehicle
- You scrapped your vehicle
- You transferred or sold your vehicle to another person
- You have a vehicle that’s tax exempted
If you’re using direct debit for your road tax payment, it would be automatically cancelled. The refund would be given to your within 4 to 6 weeks after letting DVLA know about it.
Vehicle Tax Exemptions
There are vehicles that are exempted for road tax. You’re not required to pay vehicle tax if you have any of these vehicles. Included in these vehicles is one that’s utilized by a disabled person. Learn more about how you can apply for this tax exemption, as well as the requirements to qualify for this on DVLA’s page that you could access here. However, once the vehicle is no longer used by the disabled person, you need to remove the exemption and pay for regular taxes. You could do this by going to the Post Office that works on vehicle tax. Aside from ambulances, vehicles that are also used for transporting disabled people are also exempted from vehicle tax.
Vehicles made prior to January 1, 1976 are considered historic and they are also tax exempted. Powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters with 8mph maximum speed are also included on the list. Other exempted vehicles are mowing machines used for cutting grasses, vehicles powered by steam and electric vehicles. Forestry, horticulture and agriculture vehicles that are used off the road or those that are driven in short distance of up to 1.5 kilometers on public roads are also included.