It’s always the way, isn’t it? Just at the time that your car tax needs to be renewed, you realise that you will be abroad on holiday or on business.
However, don’t panic. There are ways that you can tax your vehicle if you’re going to be overseas when your tax expires. Our guide looks at your various options.
Tax your vehicle in advance
If your tax will expire whilst you are abroad, you can renew your tax up to two calendar months in advance. You can do this in person or by post at a Post Office® branch that deals with advance applications or at a Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) local office.
You should take or send:
- A completed V10 ‘vehicle licence application’
- Your registration certificate
- The payment for the tax
- An MOT certificate that must be valid when the tax disc comes into force (if applicable)
- An insurance certificate or cover note that must be valid when the tax disc comes into force
If you are making a postal application you should also include a letter explaining why you are taxing in advance.
You can have your tax disc sent to an overseas address. To do this you should supply the foreign address in a covering letter and include this with your tax disc application. Your Great Britain address must be written on the V10 ‘Application for a tax disc’ form.
Tax your vehicle online or by phone
If you are going to be overseas on the expiry of your tax disc you can tax your vehicle online or by phone. By using the reference number on your V11 reminder form or on your Registration Certificate, you can renew your tax from the fifth day of the month in which the current tax disc expires.
Note that the tax disc can only be sent to the address shown on your V11 reminder or Registration Certificate. If you then need this forwarding to a foreign address you can ask a friend or family member to do this for you.
Get someone else to tax your vehicle for you
An alternative to applying well in advance for your tax disc is to ask a relative or a friend to tax your vehicle for you. They can use the V11 reminder or V10 ‘Application for a tax disc’ forms with your Registration Certificate.
Once they have the tax disc they can post it to you if your vehicle is abroad or they can put the tax disc on your vehicle.
If you take your vehicle abroad, it must have a valid tax disc at all times. When you return from abroad, you must have a valid tax disc to be able to drive your vehicle home or you’ll be committing an offence. There are no concessions. This means that if your vehicle is abroad when your tax disc expires you should take the replacement tax disc with you or have it sent to you whilst you are overseas.