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Is my car taxed?

It’s really important that you know your car’s road tax status. Car tax is payable on the vast majority of cars (new electric cars are exempt from road tax because they produce zero emissions), and it’s illegal to drive a car on the road without any car tax in place. Sometimes referred to as road tax, it is a premium that you pay to be able to drive your car on the road.

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Your car must be taxed at all times if it is being used on the road, but it’s very easy to forget when it’s due for renewal. To find out when your car tax is due, use our free checker. All you need to do is enter your car’s registration number and the checker will do the rest for you.

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How do I tax a car?

Taxing a car is a lot simpler than it used to be. In the past, you needed a mountain of paperwork and had to find a Post Office that would process the forms for you. You can still do this if you wish, but it’s now much simpler to do your car tax online through the DVLA website. Regardless of which method you choose, to tax your car you’ll need a combination of:

  • A recent V11 letter from the DVLA
  • Your vehicle’s log book
  • A V62 application
  • The green slip from a car you have just purchased (This is known as the New Keeper slip)

If you don’t have the car’s log book you can use the V11 letter or the New Keeper slip and apply for a new log book from the DVLA.

Car Road Tax FAQs

How much does car tax cost?

The amount of car tax you pay will depend on which ‘band’ your car is categorised in. When your car goes in for its MOT, they will perform a C02 emissions test. The results of that Co2 emissions test will determine which ‘band’ your car lands in. You will be given the option of paying for your car tax in monthly instalments, paying for 6 months upfront, or paying for the full year in one. To see how much road tax will cost you for your car, this DVLA car tax information chart will help click here.

How long does car tax last for?

This all depends on which option you choose when you pay for it. As your car needs to have it’s MOT check every 12 months, most people tend to pay for 12 months of road tax so that the renewal dates coincide with each other. However, you can choose to pay for 6 months of road tax if you wish, but you will have to do your car tax check twice a year. The choice is yours.

What happens if I don’t pay road tax?

Paying for your car tax is a legal requirement, so ignore it at your peril. The implications for not paying for car tax include fines, being taken to court, and potentially even having your car taken off you, so get that car tax status checked out now!

What does SORN mean?

SORN stands for Statutory Off Road Notification and it is a declaration that you are the owner of a vehicle but that you are taking it off the road. A vehicle with SORN status cannot be kept on a public road, so it will have to be stored on a driveway, garage, or private land. Taking a vehicle off the road can be for a number of reasons, but by completing a SORN declaration you won’t have to pay any car tax. Want to know more? Read our guide on selling a SORN car.

How do I cancel or get a refund on car tax?

By telling the DVLA you no longer have the vehicle or it’s off the road, you are entitled to get a refund for any full months of remaining tax. Partial months will not be refunded.

You can get a refund from the DVLA for car tax in any of the following scenarios:

  • The vehicle has been taken off the road (SORN)
  • The vehicle is sold or transferred
  • The vehicle has been stolen
  • The vehicle has been written off or scrapped
  • The vehicle has been registered as exempt from vehicle tax
  • The vehicle has been exported out of the UK

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