Set up a Direct Debit

You can set up a Direct Debit when you tax your vehicle online or at a Post Office.

You do not need to be the vehicle’s registered keeper to set up a Direct Debit. Emails and letters about Direct Debit payments are sent to the account holder.

This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

How much it costs

The amount you pay depends on how often you want to make a payment. There’s a 5% surcharge if you pay:

  • monthly
  • every 6 months

There’s no surcharge if you pay yearly.

What you need

You need:

  • your address and date of birth
  • your bank or building society name, account number and sort code

You cannot set up a Direct Debit for an account that needs 2 signatures.

What happens next

  1. You’ll get a confirmation by email or post that your Direct Debit has been set up.

  2. The first payment will not be taken until the vehicle tax has started. It can take up to 10 days. You can still use the vehicle before the payment is taken.

  3. All the following payments will be taken on the first working day of the month that the Direct Debit is due.