Tax your car, motorcycle or other vehicle using a reference number from:

  • a recent reminder (V11) or ‘last chance’ warning letter from DVLA
  • your vehicle log book (V5C) - it must be in your name
  • the green ‘new keeper’s details’ slip (V5C/2) from a log book if you’ve just bought it

You can pay by debit or credit card, or Direct Debit.

This service is also available in Welsh.

You’ll need to meet all the legal obligations for drivers before you can drive.

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Other ways to apply

DVLA vehicle tax service
Telephone: 0300 123 4321
24-hour service
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You can’t pay by Direct Debit over the phone.

At a Post Office

Go to a Post Office that deals with vehicle tax. You need to take either:

You won’t need these payment details if your vehicle is exempt from tax.

You also need to take one of the following:

  • your vehicle log book (V5C) (it must be in your name)
  • the green ‘new keeper’s details’ slip (V5C/2) from a log book if you’ve just bought it

If you don’t have any of these documents, you’ll need to apply for a new log book.

You might also need your MOT test certificate (it must be valid when the tax starts).

It can take up to 2 days for MOT information to be updated, so you might not be able to tax your vehicle immediately after it passes its test.

In Northern Ireland you also need an insurance certificate or cover note.

If the vehicle is off the road

Register that your vehicle is off the road, for example you’re keeping it in a garage. You don’t need to tax your vehicle.