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How to tax your vehicle without a reminder

You can tax your vehicle using a V10(NI) ‘Vehicle licence application’ form. The documents you have will determine whether you can get your tax disc at a Post Office® branch, at a Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) local office or by post.

When to apply

If your tax is due to run out at the end of a month, you can renew it from the fifth day of that month. For example: your tax is due to expire 30 September, you can renew it anytime from 5 September.

If your vehicle has been untaxed because you've just bought it, or a Statutory off road notification (SORN) is in force, you can tax back to the first day of the month in which you apply to allow immediate use of the vehicle on a public road. However, if you want the tax disc to start on the first day of the next calendar month, you can only tax your vehicle two days in advance of the beginning of the next month. For example: you acquire the vehicle on 16 September, you can tax the vehicle from 28 September for use on a public road from 1 October.

Taxing a car, motorcycle or light goods vehicle

You can tax in person at any DVA local office, selected Post Office® branches or by post, using the V10(NI) 'vehicle licence application' form. Not all Post Offices accept the V10(NI) vehicle licence application form. A list of those that do and the DVA local office locations are available below:

Tax with a Registration Certificate or New Keeper Supplement - in person or by post

You can tax in person at selected Post Office® branches that issue tax discs using V10 application forms, at any DVA local office,or by post to:

DVA
Coleraine County Hall
Castlerock Road
Waterside
Coleraine
BT51 3TA

You must either take or send:

  • Registration Certificate or New Keeper Supplement
  • completed V10(NI) 'Vehicle licence application'
  • insurance certificate or cover note - it must be valid when the tax disc comes into force
  • valid MOT certificate - if the car or motorcycle is over four years old. It must be valid when the tax disc comes into force
  • the payment for vehicle tax (not needed if your vehicle is exempt from paying vehicle tax)

The New Keeper Supplement can only be used for taxing for two months from the date you bought your vehicle. If it’s out-of-date, you’ll need to apply for a Registration Certificate in your name - please see ‘Taxing without a Registration Certificate or New Keeper Supplement’ below.

Change of name or address

Write the new details or correction in section six of your Registration Certificate, sign it and include it with your tax application.

Change of tax class

If you’re changing the tax class from private to disabled and you have the whole Registration Certificate or the New Keeper Supplement, you’ll need to tax your vehicle at your nearest DVA local office.

Write the new tax class in section seven of your Registration Certificate. If using a New Keeper Supplement, you’ll also need to fill in a V34(NI) 'Application for a Vehicle Registration Certificate' V5C(NI).

Change to fuel type or engine size

If you’re changing the the fuel type or engine size of your vehicle you’ll need to tax your vehicle at your nearest DVA local office or by post to:

DVA
Coleraine County Hall
Castlerock Road
Waterside
Coleraine
BT51 3TA

Write the new details in section seven of your Registration Certificate.

For changes that need a lower rate of vehicle tax to be paid, you’ll need to provide documentary evidence of the change. This can be the receipt for the new engine, or written evidence from the manufacturer, insurance company or garage that carried out the change.

Taxing without a Registration Certificate or New Keeper Supplement

If you’re not shown as the registered keeper of the vehicle on DVA records, you can tax in person at your nearest DVA local office or by post to:

DVA
Coleraine County Hall
Castlerock Road
Waterside
Coleraine
BT51 3TA

You’ll need to complete a V34(NI) 'Application for a Vehicle Registration Certificate' V5C(NI), which must be accompanied by £25 (fee for a duplicate Registration Certificate).

You should also include:

  • a completed V10(NI) 'Vehicle licence application'
  • MOT certificate
  • insurance certificate
  • payment for vehicle tax

If your address has changed, you’ll need to provide your current driving licence, original bank or building society statement or recent utility bill. If your name has changed, you need to provide either your:

  • marriage certificate
  • decree nisi
  • decree absolute or
  • deed poll

If you’re not shown as the registered keeper on DVA records, you can't tax the vehicle. You’ll need to apply for a Registration Certificate in your name. To get one, fill in form V34(NI) 'Application for a Vehicle Registration Certificate' and post to:

DVA
Coleraine County Hall
Castlerock Road
Waterside
Coleraine
BT51 3TA

Vehicle Identity Check

If the vehicle requires a Vehicle Identity Check (VIC), DVA will not be able to issue the Registration Certificate until they are notified by DVA Testing that it has passed the identity check.

You may have to wait up to four weeks for a new certificate to arrive. In the meantime, you should keep your vehicle off the road.

Vehicle is due to be taxed while you’re abroad

If you’re going to be abroad when your vehicle tax expires, you can tax in advance or ask someone to tax for you.

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