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Vehicle tax for people with disabilities

You may be entitled to a free tax disc if you're a person with disabilities who gets the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance, War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement or have an invalid carriage.

Who can apply for a free disabled tax disc

To apply for a free disabled tax disc, the vehicle must be either:

  • registered in your name
  • registered in the name of someone who only uses their vehicle to help you – for example, takes you shopping

You’ll need an exemption certificate to get your free disabled tax disc. You may be entitled to receive an exemption certificate if you’re receiving:

  • Disability Living Allowance – higher rate of the mobility component
  • War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement

Exemption certificates

If you’re getting Disability Living Allowance, your exemption certificate could be either a:

  • Certificate of Entitlement to Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • annual Certificate of Entitlement
  • DLA404(NI) Certificate

These exemption certificates are issued by the Disability and Carers Service.

If you’re claiming War Pensioners Mobility Supplement, you’ll have the WPA0442 War Pensioners Mobility Certificate, which is issued by the Service Personnel and Veteran’s Agency.

If you’re eligible under the Disabled Passenger Scheme, you’ll have an AA404(NI) certificate. The exemption certificate must be valid and can only be used to tax one vehicle at a time.

You can learn more about exemption certificates and find out how to apply for your tax disc at the following nidirect page:

Using a vehicle which has a free disabled tax disc

The vehicle must either be used by yourself or by someone who only uses their vehicle to help you, for example getting prescriptions for you.

You won’t be able to get a free disabled tax disc if:

  • the vehicle is not used directly for your purposes
  • you’re no longer entitled to the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance

You can find out what to do if you’re no longer entitled at the section below called 'Changes in your circumstances'.

Renewing your free disabled tax disc

You can renew your free disabled tax disc at a Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) licensing office or at a Post Office® branch that issues tax discs. You can find out more about this at the following nidirect page:

Changes in your circumstances

Going into hospital

Providing the vehicle continues to be used only for your purposes, exemption from vehicle tax will still apply if you’re in hospital for more than:

  • 28 days for an adult
  • 84 days for a child

This still applies if you lose your entitlement to Disability Living Allowance as a result of your stay in hospital.

Selling your vehicle

If you sell the vehicle, you should return the disabled tax disc to the DVA on an 'Application for a refund of vehicle tax when you have the tax disc V14(NI)'. You will also need to send a covering letter and fill in the relevant section of your Registration Certificate (V5C(NI)).

Your entitlement to a qualifying benefit has ended

If your entitlement to a qualifying benefit ends you will need to return the disabled tax disc and certificate of entitlement to the DVA. You’ll need to do this on an 'Application for a refund of vehicle tax when you have the tax disc V14(NI)'.

You’ll need to purchase a new tax disc and update the Registration Certificate V5C(NI) to reflect the appropriate paying tax class. A change from disabled to another taxation class can only be carried out at a DVA local office.

Once the changes have been made you can tax at a Post Office® that issues tax discs next time.

The vehicle is not being used solely for your purpose

The vehicle will not be exempt from tax if it’s used in a way which is not directly for the purposes of the disabled person. You should contact the DVA and tax the vehicle in the appropriate tax class.

The disabled tax disc previously issued must be returned on an 'Application for a refund of vehicle tax when you have the tax disc V14(NI)' along with the exemption certificate and a covering letter.

Invalid carriages

You don't need an exemption certificate to get a free disabled tax disc for an invalid carriage.

The vehicle must:

  • be registered in your name
  • weigh less than 509 kg
  • be adapted, used or kept on a road for a person with disabilities

Your vehicle doesn't need to be registered or display a tax disc if it:

  • weighs less than 113.4 kg
  • is for footway use only
  • has a maximum speed of four miles per hour

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