Taxing your vehicle in the disabled tax class
Taxing your vehicle in the disabled tax class for the first time or just renewing it will depend on the documents you have. Find out what documents you need to be able to tax online, at a Post Office® or Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) local office.
Your exemption certificate
To tax your vehicle in the disabled tax class you must be receiving one of the following:
• Higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
•War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
If you claim Disability Living Allowance, you'll either have the exemption certificate DLA 404 or the Certificate of Entitlement. If you claim the War Pensioners Mobility Supplement you'll have the exemption certificate WPA0442.
The exemption certificate must:
• Be valid on the day the tax disc comes into force
• Only be used to tax one vehicle at a time
When taxing your vehicle by post or in person at a Post Office® branch that issues tax discs or at a DVLA local office, you will need to:
• Complete the appropriate sections of your exemption certificate and
• Ensure that it is stamped by the counter clerk each time you apply for a free tax disc
If your exemption certificate has expired, is full, has been altered or your name and address has changed, you'll need a new certificate before you can tax.
How to tax in the disabled tax class for the first time
Use your exemption certificate with your full vehicle registration certificate (V5C), insurance certificate and MOT certificate (if applicable) to tax by post or in person at a Post Office® branch that issues tax discs.
If you have just bought the vehicle and have a new keeper supplement (V5C/2), you can use this with your exemption certificate to tax by post or in person at your nearest DVLA local office. See 'Tax with a new keeper supplement (V5C/2)' below.
How to 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 that month.
If your vehicle has been untaxed, because you've just bought it, the tax disc has run out or a Statutory Off Road Notification (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.
You must ensure that you have a valid exemption certificate. If your DLA 404 or WPA0442 is full - you'll need to get a replacement from the agency that issued it before you can renew your vehicle tax.
If you have a Certificate of Entitlement, the Disability Living Allowance Unit will automatically send you a new certificate every year so that you can get your disabled tax disc. They will only do this if you continue to be entitled to the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance.
Tax online or by phone
Use the reference number shown on your V11 reminder or vehicle registration certificate (V5C). You will also need to enter the serial number shown on your DLA 404, Certificate of Entitlement or WPA0442 certificate. You'll also need to have the below details of the person claiming the exemption to hand:
• Date of birth
• National Insurance Number
Your entitlement, insurance and MOT (if applicable) details will be checked electronically.
Apply for a tax disc online or by phoneTax at a Post Office® branch or by post
Use the V11 reminder or V5C in person at any Post Office® branch that issues tax discs or by post to a selected Post Office® branch (see 'More useful links' below).
Take or send:
• Completed V11 reminder or V5C
• Insurance certificate or cover note - must be valid when the tax disc comes into force
• Valid MOT certificate - if the car is over three years old (not required to tax invalid carriages)
• Exemption certificate - Certificate of Entitlement, DLA404 or WPA0442 (not required to tax invalid carriages)
All documents must be originals; not photocopies, faxed copies or downloaded copies. Please note that downloaded insurance certificates are now acceptable.
Tax with a new keeper supplement (V5C/2)
You'll need to tax at your nearest DVLA local office. Include a completed V62 'Application for a vehicle registration certificate (V5C)' and V10 'Vehicle licence application'.
The V5C/2 can only be used for 13 months from the date you bought your vehicle. If it's out of date, you'll need to apply for a Vehicle Registration Certificate in your name.
Application forms V10 and V62
You can download the V10 or V62 or collect them any Post Office® branch or DVLA local office.
Tax without a vehicle 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 'Application for a vehicle registration certificate (V5C)' which must be accompanied by £25 (fee for a registration certificate). Include these 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 vehicle registration certificate in your name. To get one, fill in form V62 '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.
Change of name, address or vehicle details
How you notify the changes will depend if you're taxing with or without a reminder.
Get a refund on your old tax disc
Once you have your disabled tax disc, you can apply for a refund for any remaining months on your old tax disc.