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Abolition of the vehicle tax disc

From 1 October 2014 you will no longer have to display the paper tax disc on a vehicle windscreen. You will still need to pay vehicle tax and Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will hold a digital record.

What does this mean for me?

To drive or keep a vehicle on the road you will still need to pay vehicle tax and you will still get a renewal reminder when your vehicle tax is due to expire. This applies to all types of vehicles including those that are exempt from payment of vehicle tax.

If you have any remaining months left on your current paper tax disc from 1 October 2014, you can either remove the tax disc from your vehicle or display the disc until it expires.

Changes when buying a vehicle

From 1 October 2014, when you buy a vehicle, the vehicle tax will no longer be transferred with the vehicle:

What happens if I sell a vehicle?

If you sell a vehicle after 1 October 2014 and you have notified DVLA, you will automatically get a refund for any full calendar months left on the vehicle tax.

Vehicle tax refunds

You will no longer need to make a separate application for a refund of vehicle tax. DVLA will automatically issue a refund when a notification is received from the person named on DVLA vehicle register that:

  • the vehicle has been sold or transferred
  • the vehicle has been scrapped at an Automated Treatment Facility
  • the vehicle has been exported
  • the vehicle has been stolen
  • the vehicle has been removed from the road and the person on the vehicle register has made a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)
  • the person on the vehicle register has changed the tax class on the vehicle to an exempt duty tax class

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