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How to apply for a duplicate tax disc

You must replace your tax disc if it has been lost, stolen, destroyed or damaged, or if the figures on it can’t be read because the disc has faded.

What you need to do

You can apply in person at your nearest Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) local office, or by post to:

DVA
Coleraine County Hall
Castlerock Road
Waterside
Coleraine
BT51 3TA

You will need to take or send:

If you have received a DVA refund reject letter V983(NI) and you wish to apply for a duplicate tax disc, please complete a V20(NI) and forward this with the refund reject letter.

If you don’t have a Registration Certificate or New Keeper Supplement, you’ll need to complete a V34(NI) 'Application for a Vehicle Registration Certificate' V5C(NI). You’ll also need to include the fee of £25 (for a Registration Certificate) with your duplicate tax disc application.

The New Keeper Supplement can be used at a DVA local office for up to 13 months from the date you bought your vehicle. If it’s out-of-date, you’ll need to complete V34(NI) 'Application for a Vehicle Registration Certificate' V5C(NI) instead. Include this and the new keeper supplement with your application. The £25 fee isn’t required.

The fee for a duplicate tax disc

A duplicate tax disc is £7 and is generally not refunded after the application has been received at the DVA local office.

You don’t need to pay the fee for the tax disc if:

  • it’s unreadable or the colour has faded
  • it has been lost in the post when it was sent to you by DVA
  • the police are holding it as evidence
  • a V14(NI) 'Application for a refund of vehicle tax' has been rejected by the DVA - a copy of the reject letter needs to be enclosed with the V20(NI) form

You also don’t need to pay the fee if the vehicle:

  • is exempt from paying vehicle tax, like the disabled tax class
  • has been stolen and recovered without the tax disc

If you are not the person who licensed the vehicle, a duplicate disc cannot be issued unless you get a letter from the previous keeper stating that they will not claim a refund for the months left to run on the original tax disc.  

The fee for a duplicate tax disc is £7.00 and cannot usually be refunded once the application has been received at a DVA office.

If you find the original tax disc

Keep the duplicate tax disc on the vehicle. As the original tax disc is no longer valid, you must return it to any DVA local office or to DVA by post at:

DVA
Coleraine County Hall
Castlerock Road
Waterside
Coleraine
BT51 3TA

Stolen tax disc

You must notify the police if your tax disc has been stolen.

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