Check the status of Vehicle Tax

Do you need Vehicle Tax?

To drive on the the UK roads your car, bike or van must have valid Vehicle Tax. The majority of drivers have to pay to tax their vehicle. However, certain vehicles may be exempt from Vehicle Tax. To check if you vehicle is taxed, to report an untaxed vehicle or to register your own vehicle as SORN (Statutory Off Road Notice) please scroll down.

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Vehicle Tax Checker

To check that your vehicle is taxed please press the “Tax Check” button below. At the .gov.uk website simply enter the registration number of your car, bike or van for an up to date Vehicle Tax status report. This service is FREE and available to anyone, whether the registered keeper of a vehicle or not.

Vehicle Tax Exemption

Certain vehicles are exempt from vehicle tax for example disabled passenger vehicles, historic vehicles, certain electric vehicles. A summary of these vehicles is listed below. Please press the “Tax Exempt” button below for more details and to apply for Vehicle Tax Exemption

  • Vehicles used by a disabled person
  • Disabled passenger vehicles
  • Mobility scooters, powered wheel chairs and invalid carriages
  • Historic vehicles (made before 1 January 1978 are exempt from 1 April 2018)
  • Electric vehicles
  • Mowing machines
  • Steam vehicles
  • Vehicles used just for agriculture, horticulture and forestry

Report an Untaxed Vehicle

It is a motoring offence to drive an untaxed vehicle on UK roads unless it is exempt from taxation. If you are aware of an untaxed vehicle being driven (or simply parked) on a UK road then you may report it to the authorities. To report an untaxed vehicle please press the “Report Untaxed” button below. This is an anonymous service that will be investigated by the DVLA.

Register a Vehicle as SORN

If you wish to keep a registered vehicle on private property and NOT drive it on public roads then you must register it as SORN. A Statutory Off Road Notice informs the DVLA that your car, bike or van is off the road and not being driven. When a vehicle is registered SORN there is no Vehicle Tax to be paid . To register a vehicle SORN please press the “SORN” button below.

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