Are you eligible to tax your vehicle in the disabled tax class? If you’re not sure, keep reading to find out when you can get a free tax disc.
If you can tax your vehicle in the disabled tax class, the rules and a different process to follow are different from getting a normal tax disc. Our guide explains more.
When you’re eligible to tax your vehicle in the disabled tax class
Do you want to tax your vehicle in the disabled tax class and get a free tax disc? If so, you must be receiving one of the following qualifying benefits:
- War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
- The higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
If you receive one of these benefits, you may be entitled to an exemption certificate. You will need this to get your free tax disc. Your exemption certificate could be your:
- DLA404 certificate
- Certificate of Entitlement to Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – see below
- MHS330 Certificate (Disabled Passenger Scheme only)
- WPA0442 War Pensioners Mobility Certificate
Bear in mind that your certificate must be valid and can only be used to tax one vehicle at a time.
Your Certificate of Entitlement to Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
In October 2011, the Pensions, Disability and Carers Service (PDCS) introduced a new exemption certificate called the Certificate of Entitlement to DLA.
If you remain entitled to the higher rate mobility component of DLA you can use this certificate to get a free tax disc.
You can continue to use your DLA404 certificate until it is full or has expired. You should then contact PDCS for the new reuseable certificate.
How to tax in the disabled tax class for the first time
Applying for your first free tax disc is different from renewing it every year.
If you’re buying a new vehicle, you should to take the exemption certificate and a valid insurance certificate to the dealership.
For used vehicles, you can change the tax class at a Post Office branch that issues tax discs. You must have your vehicle registration certificate (V5C), insurance certificate and MOT certificate (if applicable).
Once you have got your disabled tax disc, you can apply for a refund for any remaining months on your old tax disc.
Renewing your free tax disc
When it comes to the time to renew your free tax disc, you have several options. The registered keeper of your vehicle should get a ‘Renewal reminder to get a tax disc or make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)’ (V11), before the current tax disc runs out.
You can renew your tax disc with your V11 or V5C (which shows the tax class as disabled) online or by phone.
Alternatively, you can renew at a Post Office branch that issues tax discs. You’ll need your V11 or V5C, exemption certificate, insurance certificate and MOT certificate (if applicable).
If you don’t have a Registration Certificate (V5C) or new keeper’s details (V5C/2) you can tax your vehicle at your local DVLA office. However, you will have to be shown as the registered keeper of the vehicle on DVLA records. If you’re not shown as the registered keeper on DVLA records, you cannot tax the vehicle.