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Reporting an untaxed vehicle

If you see a vehicle in Northern Ireland with an out-of-date tax disc, you can report it online, by telephone or by post. You don’t have to give your name. Your report will be investigated and action will be taken if needed.

What you need to report

Provide details about the vehicle:

  • registration number
  • make, model and colour

Provide details about the location of the vehicle:

  • where the vehicle is, for example 'outside 24 Anystreet, Anytown, Any Postcode, Northern Ireland'
  • any feature or landmark for example 'opposite telephone box'

If possible, provide:

  • the time of day the vehicle can be seen there
  • name and address of the owner

Report the vehicle online

You can report an unlicensed vehicle online.

Report the vehicle by phone

You may make a phone call to the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) on:

  • 0845 4024 000 (international phone number +44 120 477 0768)

Report the vehicle by post

Send a letter to:

Enforcement Section
Coleraine County Hall
Castlerock Road
BT51 3TA

What DVA does about untaxed vehicles

DVA is committed to reducing the level of vehicle tax evasion. Once you have reported an untaxed vehicle the details will be entered onto a central database.

DVA works with Vehicle Enforcement and Ancillary Services (VEAS) and operates a fleet of wheelclamping vehicles from 23 pounds across the UK. Untaxed vehicles are targeted area by area, from the nearest VEAS pound.

If you report an untaxed vehicle to DVA this does not guarantee that the vehicle will be wheelclamped. Action can also be taken ‘behind the scenes’, as the law allows a late taxing penalty of £80 to be imposed on the keepers of vehicles that have been untaxed for longer than one month.

DVA scans vehicle records constantly for untaxed vehicles and issues more than 9,000 penalties each month. This means that some untaxed vehicles in your area may have been issued with a fixed penalty and will not be wheelclamped.

Did you know?

The work of the police and the DVA against vehicle tax dodgers makes a major contribution to road safety. Around half of motorists reported for not having vehicle tax are committing other offences including no MOT certificate, no insurance and defective tyres.

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