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How you tax your car is changing

The Department for Transport in London has introduced new arrangements for vehicle registration and tax. The Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Northern Ireland will no longer tax and register vehicles. From Monday 21 July this will be done by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea.

What does this mean for you?

The biggest change is that you can now tax or register your vehicles online but you can no longer tax or register vehicles at DVA offices in Northern Ireland; either face-to-face, by telephone or by post.

However, you can still tax or register your car at a Post Office if you are unable to use the online service.

What about other DVA services?

Other DVA services such as vehicle testing (MOT), driving tests and driving licensing are not changing.

Vehicle tax online

The changes to services include:

  • access to DVLA’s online vehicle tax service which allows motorists in Northern Ireland to tax a vehicle or declare their vehicle off the road 24 hours a day, seven days a week online
  • a wider range of face-to-face services for motorists at around 175 Post Office branches across Northern Ireland, some with Saturday opening
  • being able to buy NI and GB personalised registration numbers through DVLA’s Personalised Registration sales scheme
  • DVLA’s fleet scheme will be made available to fleet operators in Northern Ireland
  • movement of vehicles between NI and GB will be simplified
  • the facility to retain NI registration numbers will allow people to hold a registration number on a Certificate of Entitlement, for future assignment to an alternative vehicle
  • the transfer of registration numbers between NI and GB vehicles will be streamlined, creating a UK-wide market for NI and GB cherished number dealers
  • people with a right to access vehicle and keeper information will be able to obtain GB and NI data from a single source

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