Cancel your vehicle tax and get a refund
Cancel your vehicle tax by telling DVLA you no longer have the vehicle or it’s off the road. You get a refund for any full months of remaining tax.
How to cancel your vehicle tax
You must tell DVLA that your vehicle has been:
- sold or transferred to someone else
- taken off the road, for example you’re keeping it in a garage - this is called a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)
- written off by your insurance company
- scrapped at a vehicle scrapyard
- stolen - you’ll have to apply for a refund separately
- exported out of the UK
- registered as exempt from vehicle tax
There’s no other way to cancel your vehicle tax.
What happens after you’ve told DVLA
Your vehicle tax will be cancelled by DVLA. If you pay by Direct Debit, the Direct Debit will be cancelled automatically.
You’ll automatically get a refund cheque for any full months left on your vehicle tax. The refund is calculated from the date DVLA gets your information. The cheque is sent to the name and address on the vehicle log book.
You won’t get a refund for:
- any credit card fees
- the 5% surcharge on some direct debit payments
- the 10% surcharge on a single 6 month payment
If your refund doesn’t arrive
Contact DVLA if you haven’t got your refund cheque after 6 weeks.
If your cheque is wrong
Return your refund cheque to DVLA if it’s in the wrong name, and tell them the right name.
Contact DVLA if you haven’t got your replacement cheque after 4 weeks.