Since vehicle tax discs were abolished in October 2014, it has become less obvious when your vehicles road tax is due for renewal. Therefore, we have written this article, to help anyone check when their vehicles tax and MOT is due for renewal.
How to find your road tax & MOT due dates
You can check when your vehicles tax & MOT is due by entering your registration below.
What happens if you don’t renew tax and MOT
Failure to renew your vehicles tax can result in an £80 fine and payment of any back taxes that are owed.
On the MOT side of things if you get caught driving a vehicle without MOT you could face a £1000 fine or even worse if the vehicle is classed as dangerous you could face a £2500 fine and 3 penalty points on your license.
How this works
Enter your vehicles registration and you will be taken to the free report page, you will then get Tax and MOT due dates and further vehicle information (screenshot shown below).
How to renew your vehicles tax
You should get a V11 reminder about 3 weeks in advance, this reminder has a reference number which you can use to renew your vehicles tax.
Here’s an example of a V11 reminder (there’s a circle around the reference number you need to renew your road tax).
If you don’t have this letter/reference number don’t worry, there are also other options available on the gov.uk website such as V5C registration certificate (logbook), Last chance letter and V5C/2 new keeper supplement (green slip) which allow you to renew your vehicles tax.
Simply head over to https://vehicletax.service.gov.uk/
and follow the instructions to renew your vehicles road tax.
What’s my vehicles tax rate?
Tax rates for cars, vans and other vehicles do vary. Generally, diesel vehicles cost more than petrol vehicles to tax, this is usually down to the co2 emissions.
If you want to know your vehicles tax rate, then it’s worth heading over to https://vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk/EnterV5C/
– Just enter the last 11 digits from your V5C logbook reference number and you will find out how much it’s going to cost to buy/renew your vehicles road tax.
If you don’t have your 11-digit reference number from your V5C logbook, or if you haven’t purchased the vehicle yet, but want to know how much it will cost to tax it. then you can check the vehicles tax rate by entering your registration at the top of this page.
Easiest way to renew your road tax
For most people the easiest way to renew road tax is to do it online, you can pay via credit card or debit card and the process is simple.
Alternative ways to renew
You can still renew your road tax at a post office or via telephone. Your V11 reminder will give you more details about doing it that way.