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DVLA GUIDE - Unofficial Guide to the DVLA™ Disabled Tax Class

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Disabled Tax Class

If you're taxing in the disabled tax class for the first time or just renewing your free disabled tax disc, the documents you have will determine if you can tax your vehicle online, at a Post Office branch or Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) local office.

Your Exemption Certificate

To tax in the disabled tax class you'll need exemption certificate DLA404 if you get Disability Living Allowance or exemption certificate WPA442 if you get the War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement.

The exemption certificate must be valid on the day the tax disc comes active, only be used to tax one vehicle at a time and be completed by you and stamped by the counter clerk each time you apply for a free tax disc.

If it has expired, is full, has been altered or your name and address has changed, you'll need to get a replacement from the Agency that issued it before you can tax.

How to get an exemption certificate

How to Tax in the Disabled Tax Class for the First Time

Use your exemption certificate with your Registration Certificate to tax in person or by post at a Post Office branch that issues tax discs. Include your Registration Certificate and completed V10 or Vehicle Licence Application.

If you've just bought the vehicle and have a New Keeper Supplement, you can use this with your exemption certificate to tax in person or by post at your nearest DVLA local office just include a completed a V62 or Application for a Vehicle Registration Certificate V5C and V10 Vehicle licence application.

The New Keeper Supplement can only be used for two months from the date you bought your vehicle. If it's out of date, you'll need to apply for a Registration Certificate in your name.

Renew Your Disabled Tax Disc

If your tax is due to run out at the end of the month, you can renew it from the fifth day of the month. If your vehicle has been untaxed, because you've just bought it, the tax disc has run out or a SORN is in force, you can tax from the first day of the month in which you apply.

If you want the tax disc to start on the first day of the next calendar month, you cannot tax your vehicle more than two days in advance.

Tax Online or by Phone

Use the reference number shown on your Registration Certificate. Your entitlement will be checked electronically.

Apply for a Tax Disc Online or by Phone

To tax your vehicle online or by phone, you'll need to know:

  • are the registered keeper of the vehicle and your name, address and any vehicle changes are updated at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
  • have a ‘Vehicle Licence Application/Statutory Off Road Notification’ (V11 reminder) or Registration Certificate (V5C)
  • have valid insurance covering the use of the vehicle on the day the tax disc comes into force
  • have a valid MOT, Goods Vehicle or Passenger Service Vehicle (PSV) test (if needed) which is valid when the tax disc comes into force
  • have a debit or credit card - a £2.50 service charge applies when using a credit card, there's no charge for using a debit card
  • have a valid DLA404 if you're entitled to disability exemption

Click Here to Apply for a Tax Disc Online.

Tax with a Reminder

About three weeks before your tax disc runs out, you should get a ‘Vehicle Licence Application/Statutory Off Road Notification’ (V11 reminder) from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). Use the V11 reminder to renew your tax online, by phone, by post or in person. Use the V11 reminder in person at any Post Office branch that issues tax discs or by post to the address shown on the reminder form.

Tax with a Registration Certificate

You can tax at a Post Office branch that issues tax discs. Include your Registration Certificate and completed V10 or Vehicle licence application.

Tax with a New Keeper Supplement

You'll need to tax at your nearest DVLA local office. Include a completed a V62 Application for a Vehicle Registration Certificate (V5C) and V10 Vehicle Licence Application.

The New Keeper Supplement can only be used for two months from the date you bought your vehicle. If it's out of date, you'll need to apply for a Registration Certificate in your name.

Tax without a Registration Certificate or New Keeper Supplement

If you're shown as the registered keeper on DVLA records, you can tax at your nearest DVLA local office.

You'll need to complete a V62 or Application for a Vehicle Registration Certificate (V5C) which must be accompanied by £25 (fee for a Registration Certificate) and include this with your application to tax.

If you're not shown as the registered keeper on DVLA records you cannot tax the vehicle. You'll need to apply for a Registration Certificate in your name. To get one just fill in form V62 or Application for a Vehicle Registration Certificate and post to DVLA, Swansea SA99 1DD.

You may have to wait up to four weeks for a new certificate to arrive. In the meantime, you should keep your vehicle off the road.