Introduction to road tax

Car tax online and post office car tax. To apply for a Car Tax disc you must have:

  • a valid certificate of insurance or a cover note
  • your MOT test certificate
  • the appropriate fee
  • You are able to renew your Car Tax online. You can also apply for a Car Tax disc at your local post office or DVLA branch. You must have the tax reminder (V11 licence renewal reminder).

    You should receive a V11 tax reminder from the DVLA annually shortly before your current Car Tax disc runs out. If not, you need to complete the V5C registration document or the green section (V5/2) and have to fill in a V10 'Application for a vehicle licence' (all forms available at your local post office or DVLA branch).

    If you have bought a new car recently and are waiting for the V5C to be returned from the DVLA, you must get a V5/2 new keeper's supplement document.

    If you don't have the V5C or V5/2, you cannot tax your car at a post office. You have to apply to the DVLA for a new V5C, which could take up to six weeks, during which time your car must not be on a public road.

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