In the United Kingdom, you can tax your car by following these steps:
- Vehicle Eligibility: Before taxing your car, ensure that it is eligible for road tax. Most cars used or kept on public roads in the UK are subject to car tax, also known as road tax or car excise duty (VED). However, some cars, such as electric cars or cars used by disabled people, may be eligible for exemptions or reduced rates.
- Check Vehicle Information: Gather essential information about your car, including its make, model, year of manufacture, fuel type, CO2 emissions (if applicable), and the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). This information is needed to determine the appropriate tax rate.
- Choose Taxing Method: You can tax your car either online, by phone, or at a Post Office branch that deals with car tax. Online is the most convenient and common method.
- Tax Your Vehicle Online:
a. Visit the official DVLA website (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) at www.gov.uk/car-tax.
b. Click on the “Start now” button under “Tax your car.”
c. Follow the on-screen instructions and provide the requested car information.
d. You may need to provide your V5C registration certificate (logbook) reference number or the 11-digit reference number from your car tax reminder (V11).
e. Choose the desired tax period (6 or 12 months) and payment method (credit/debit card or Direct Debit).
f. Review the details and confirm the tax payment.
g. You will receive a confirmation once the car is taxed, and a tax disc is no longer required.
- Taxing at a Post Office or by Phone: If you prefer, you can tax your car at a Post Office branch or by phone. You’ll need to provide the same car information and payment details as you would online.
- Display of Tax: After successful car tax payment, you are no longer required to display a tax disc on your car’s windscreen. The DVLA’s records will be updated, and enforcement agencies can check your car’s tax status electronically.
It’s essential to ensure your car is taxed promptly and continuously to avoid penalties and potential legal consequences. Additionally, remember to renew your car tax before the expiry date to maintain continuous road tax coverage.