And if you’re using a service like meet and greet at the airport — or a car park that requires you to leave your keys — it’s important that the chauffeur is driving a properly taxed and MOT’d car!
There are loads of services that say they’ll help you sort your car tax, but the only way to officially check tax is through the gov.uk website.
Any other websites that claim they can do it for you are just taking extra money off you for something you can do yourself!
We’ll take you through the whole DVLA tax check process to show you just how easy it is!
1) Access the Government Road Tax Checker
Head over to gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax and you’ll see something like the below:
2) Enter Your Registration Number
Input your car’s number plate into the box and then click continue.
3) Check the Information They Have is Correct
You should be able to see at a glance if the database lists the correct car for your number plate. If not, check you’ve put the right registration, and if the information is still incorrect, you should report the error along with your log book to:
However, if everything looks good, select Yes and Continue.
4) If You’re All Up-to-Date…
The next screen you’ll see will hopefully look like the above.
The yellow area is where I’ve removed my registration number so you won’t find out what an old banger my car is!
You’ll get to see exactly when your car tax should be renewed so you can plan accordingly. And as an added bonus, you can see when your MOT is due as well!
5) If You’re Not Up-to-Date…
If everything isn’t up-to-date with your car, you could see a number of things on the next screen, depending on what you’re required to do next.
The screenshot above is from an old car of mine that I’ve declared off-the-road. As you can see, its MOT has expired, which I would need to sort if I was thinking about fixing it up and driving it again.
However, the green SORN box shows that I’ve legally declared it off the road, and therefore it is exempt from tax.
If you’ve simply let your tax lapse, you’ll see a red box on the left with the date of expiry.
Although your car’s tax should be renewed before expiration, there’s no time like the present! You can pay for car tax in monthly, six-monthly or annual instalments, and making sure you’re taxed will help you avoid a nasty four-figure fine!