Every registered vehicle in the UK must be taxed if it is used or kept on a public road. If you don’t tax your vehicle it could be clamped or removed.
Our guide looks at five of the basics of car tax that everyone should know.
What you need to tax your vehicle
In order to tax your car or other vehicle you’ll need several documents. These are:
- An MOT certificate (if your car is over three years old)
- A completed V10 or V11 form
- Your vehicle’s registration certificate (of the ‘new keeper’ section)
- A completed application or a Vehicle Registration Certificate (form V62) if you don’t have such as certificate
- Proof your insurance (at least third party)
- Payment (unless your vehicle is exempt)
Insurance and MOT
Always make sure that your insurance certificates and MOT certificate are valid on the day you want your tax disc to start. If you don’t, you will be unable to tax your car.
How to display your tax disc
Your tax disc has to be displayed in the vehicle. It should be on the passenger side of the vehicle’s windscreen or on the kerb side of the vehicle (for example on a motorcycle).
A tax disc has to be displayed on the vehicle it relates to and cannot be transferred between vehicles. Your tax disc is valid from the first day of the month you have taxed from and so you shouldn’t display your new tax disc until your old one has expired.
The maximum penalty for failure to display a current tax disc is £200.
Ensuring you don’t pay car tax if you don’t own the car
If you don’t tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) that you have sold, exported, scrapped or transferred your vehicle you will still be responsible for taxing it. When you dispose of your vehicle make sure you send the appropriate part of the registration certificate to the DVLA.
Failure to tax your vehicle
If you don’t tax your vehicle (or complete a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)) you could be liable for a fine and your vehicle could be seized.
The DVLA carries out roadside checks as well as a computer check each month to identify those vehicles without a valid tax disc. If you don’t have a valid tax disc you could face an automatic penalty of £80 as well as a minimum fine of £1000. In addition, your vehicle could be clamped, impounded or even crushed.