The End of the Tax Disc - What You Need to Know!

After almost a century, the paper tax disc was abolished on October 1st 2014. But what does this mean for you?

How will the end of Tax Disc affect me? From Wednesday 1st October 2014, you will no longer need to display a valid paper road tax disc in your windscreen, but you must still ensure that your vehicle is taxed or SORN. The DVLA and Police will now use an electronic register to automatically check if your vehicle is taxed using number plate recognition software.

What if my vehicle is Tax exempt? If you own a vehicle that is tax-exempt then nothing will change. Except the fact that you will no longer be issued with the paper tax disc to display in your windscreen.

How does this affect new car registrations? The DVLA will stop printing tax discs from 30th September 2014. If your new vehicle is registered on or before that day, then you’ll receive a tax disc in the post but you won’t need to display it. You can safely destroy it as soon as it arrives.

Will I still get a reminder to renew my tax? Yes. The DVLA will continue to send tax reminders through the post. And you’ll still need to apply for vehicle tax when the time comes, either for 6 or 12 months

What if I want to sell my vehicle? If you’re selling your vehicle, the procedure remains the same. The V5C Log Book should be completed with the new owner’s details, signed and posted to the DVLA. When the DVLA receives the V5 document, they’ll automatically stop the tax on the vehicle and will refund you, the seller, for any remaining tax paid.

End of the Tax Disc
What if I am buying a car? From 1 October, then when you buy a vehicle, the tax will no longer be transferred. As the new owner you are responsible for taxing the car immediately, so you will need to do it at point of sale in order to be able to drive your new vehicle away.

You can still tax a vehicle using the New Keeper Supplement (V5C/2) part of the vehicle registration certificate at a post office or by doing it online. The DVLA has created an automated phone line, so even if you collect or purchase your car out of office hours, you can still contact them to register the vehicle 24 hours a day. The number for this is 0300 123 4321.

Will I now be able to pay by Direct Debit? Yes. Direct Debit payment will be offered as an additional way to pay for your vehicle tax. This will be available for customers who need to tax their vehicle annually, 6 monthly or monthly (12 months tax paid for over a monthly basis).

How will I know if a vehicle has been taxed? Anyone can check whether any vehicle has been taxed, by using the DVLA’s Vehicle Enquiry System. To check, please visit

More Information

If you have any other questions about the tax disc abolition, or you need more information, please visit the DVLA site at: