It is imperative to understand that when an individual is purchasing a second hand car, it is necessary to tax it at the point of purchase (sale) as tax is non-transferable. An individual can tax their vehicle by using a reference number mentioned on the following:
The tax amount can be paid either by credit or debit card, as well as through direct debit. An individual needs to tax the vehicle even though he/she doesn’t have to pay anything for the vehicle – this is valid in case of an exempt if an individual is disabled (see below for details).
Steps for paying tax
- If yes is opted: Only use the 16 digit number mentioned on the V11 reminder letter. The amount stated might differ, as these are printed in advance. This is applicable to new vehicle tax rates which have come into effect starting 1st April. The applicable rate will be same irrespective of the mode of payment such as by phone, online, or at the Post Office.
- If no is opted: Taxing a vehicle by selecting the following options:
- I have the V5C Registration certificate (logbook) printed in my name: Use the 11 digit reference number mentioned on the letter.
- I have the V5C/2 new keeper supplement (green slip).
- I have the Last Chance Letter printed in my name: Two options available – My letter has a 16 digit reference number or my letter has a 11 digit reference number.
- Completed new keeper supplement (V5C/2), V5C, or V11 reminder.
- the payment shown on the reminder.
- MOT test (an annual vehicle test) certificate if required (must be valid when the tax starts).
Vehicles used by a disabled person
An individual can claim disability exemption while applying for vehicle tax and they can even remove an exemption from a vehicle in case they are no longer being operated by a disabled person.