When it comes to taxing your vehicle, you don't need to head to the Post Office and join the queues of people, although you still can if you prefer. The DVLA also offers the ability to buy your car tax from the comfort of your own home by using the online form. We show you how.

Note that as of October 2014, the paper tax disc was abolished so you won't receive a new on in the post. To tax your vehicle, you'll need a reference number from one of the following documents:

  • A recent reminder (V11) or ‘last chance’ warning letter from DVLA
  • Vehicle log book (V5C) - must be in your name
  • Green ‘new keeper’s details’ slip (V5C/2) from a log book if you’ve just bought it

You can also use the online portal to perform a DVLA car tax check and other things like SORN your vehicle. If you don't want to use the online form then the DVLA car tax phone number is 0300 123 4321.

Apply for car tax online

Step one

You'll need to start by opening the DVLA's dedicated vehicle online form

Step two

Click the green 'Start Now' button and follow the instructions. You'll need to use the 16 digit reference number from your V11 if possible.

Step three

Next you'll need to confirm you're the registered owner of the vehicle. If you have a valid MOT certificate and the vehicle is insured.

Step four

Make sure you follow the instructions to finish your application and make a payment for your car tax. You can choose whether you want to pay for 6- or 12 months of tax.

Remember you won't get a tax disc in the post any more, so once you're application is complete and successful you can jump in your car and go for a drive without worry.