Between two and four weeks before your tax disc is scheduled to expire, you will normally receive a reminder from the DVLA.
If you receive this form – the V11 reminder – you can tax your car from the fifth day of the month that your current tax disc or SORN is due to expire.
However, to tax your car you will need some important documents. Keep reading to learn more.
If you have a tax disc to renew then you will generally receive a V11 reminder form from DVLA. You can use this form to renew your tax disc or to make a SORN in person at any Post Office branch that issues tax discs or by post to the address shown on the V11 reminder form.
The V11 reminder will be returned to you when the tax disc is issued.
If you don’t have a V11 reminder form then you may need a V10 ‘Vehicle licence application’ form instead. This can be downloaded from the DVLA website.
You will need this form when you tax your car by post to selected Post Office branches or at a DVLA local office.
Insurance certificate or cover note
To tax your car you will need an insurance certificate or cover note that is valid on the day the car tax comes into force.
Your insurance must cover you against third party claims for death or injury and damage to property caused by using the vehicle and cover your use of the vehicle for taxing purposes.
Faxed copies and copies of your insurance certificate downloaded from the internet are acceptable. However, you can’t use a renewal notice, policy schedule, receipt for payment or a photocopy of your insurance certificate or cover note.
Your MOT certificate
An MOT test is needed every year for cars, motorcycles, motor caravans and light goods vehicles that are more than three years old.
When you purchase your tax disc you have to produce an MOT test certificate that’s valid on the day the tax disc comes into force.
For example, you can’t use an insurance certificate that is valid until 31 December if your tax disc is to start on 1 January.
As with your insurance certificate, you have to produce the original MOT certificate.