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Taxing your vehicle in the disabled tax class

You require different documents to tax your vehicle in the disabled tax class for the first time than when you are just renewing it. Find out below what you need to be able to tax your vehicle.

Qualifying benefits for your exemption certificate

To tax your vehicle in the disabled tax class and get a free tax disc you must be receiving one of the following qualifying benefits:

  • higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • War Pensioners Mobility Supplement

On receipt of one of these benefits, you may be entitled to receive an exemption certificate. You will need this to get your free tax disc.

Your exemption certificate could be the:

  • Certificate of Entitlement to DLA
  • annual Certificate of Entitlement
  • DLA404(NI) Certificate
  • MHS330 Certificate (Disabled Passenger Scheme only)
  • WPA0442 War Pensioners Mobility Certificate

War Pensioners Mobility Supplement claimants will have the WPA0442 Certificate issued by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency.

All other exemption certificates listed above are issued by the Disability and Carers Service:

The exemption certificate must be valid and can only be used to tax one vehicle at a time.

Disability Living Allowance – your exemption certificate explained

In October 2011, the Disability and Carers Service (DCS) introduced a new exemption certificate called the Certificate of Entitlement to DLA. Customers can use this new re-useable certificate to get a free tax disc if they remain entitled to the higher rate mobility component of DLA.

Annual Certificate of Entitlement holders (issued October 2010 - October 2011), will be automatically issued with the new Certificate of Entitlement to DLA.

DLA404(NI) Certificate holders should continue to use this certificate until it is full or has expired, then contact DCS for a new re-useable Certificate of Entitlement to DLA.

The Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) leaflet INS216NI will be included with your re-useable certificate, explaining how to get your free tax disc.

How to tax in the disabled tax class for the first time

Applying for the first free tax disc is different to renewing it every year.

For new vehicles, the exemption certificate must be taken to the dealership with a valid insurance certificate.

For used vehicles, the tax class of the vehicle must be changed in person at a DVA local office or by post to DVA, Coleraine, BT51 3TA. You must have your full vehicle registration certificate (V5C(NI)), insurance certificate and MOT certificate (if applicable).

You will also need to:

  • fill in the appropriate sections of your exemption certificate - if you have the re-useable Certificate of Entitlement to DLA you will need to enter the registration number of the vehicle in the top right-hand corner

You’ll need a new certificate if:

  • your exemption certificate has expired
  • your exemption certificate is full (for DLA404(NI) or WPA0442)
  • your exemption certificate has been lost, stolen or damaged
  • the vehicle or registered keeper details have changed

How to get a refund on your current tax disc

Once you have your disabled tax disc, you can apply for a refund for any remaining months on your old tax disc.

How to renew your free tax disc

The registered keeper should get a “Renewal reminder to get a tax disc or make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)” (V11(NI)), before the current tax disc runs out.

Renew at the Post Office® or DVA local office in person or by post to DVA, Coleraine, BT51 3TA.

You will need to take or send the following documents:

  • V11(NI) or V5C(NI)
  • Exemption certificate
  • Insurance certificate or cover note
  • MOT certificate (if needed)
  • “Application for a tax disc” (V10(NI)) together with the V5C(NI) if you are applying by post and you do not have a V11(NI)

For information on finding your closest Post Office® that can process your application telephone 0845 722 3344 and give your postcode, or access a list of available Post Office® branches and local DVA offices at the links below:

Tax without a Registration Certificate (V5C(NI)) or New Keeper’s details (V5C/2(NI))

If you’re shown as the registered keeper on DVA records, you can tax at your nearest DVA local office or by post to DVA, Coleraine, BT51 3TA:

Fill in a V34(NI) 'Application for a vehicle registration certificate' (V5C(NI)).

If you’re not shown as the registered keeper on DVA records you cannot tax the vehicle. You’ll need to apply for a vehicle registration certificate in your name by filling in form V34(NI) and post to the DVA, Coleraine, BT51 3TA.

You may have to wait up to four weeks for a new certificate to arrive. You should keep your vehicle off the road and make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) using the V15(NI) form.

Change of name, address or vehicle details

How you notify DVA of the changes will depend if you’re taxing with or without a reminder.

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