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Document checklist for your vehicle tax application
Your application to tax your vehicle will not be accepted if you do not produce or complete the required documentation or payment to support your application form V10, V85, V11 or V85/1. This checklist will help ensure you have the correct documentation for the type of vehicle you are taxing.
All documents should be original; photocopies or fax copies are not acceptable to accompany your application.
For all vehicles
- the appropriate rate of vehicle tax that is due on the vehicle. The rates can be found on the 'Cost of vehicle tax' link below. In some cases you may need to know the vehicle's cylinder capacity (cc) or CO2 value and fuel type to calculate the rate of vehicle tax you need to pay. This information can be found on the V5, V5C, V5/2 or V5C/2. If these are not available, you can contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's vehicle check service for the information by telephone on 0906 185 8585. This is a premium rate service charged at 49 pence per minute
- valid certificate of insurance or a cover note
For cars and motorcycles
- a current MOT test certificate. Information on when you need to MOT your vehicle and how to get a replacement certificate can be found on the links below
For light goods vehicles
- a current MOT test certificate for a light goods vehicle if it is more than three years old
For other vehicles
- a current MOT test certificate for a passenger carrying vehicle with more than eight passenger seats, and taxis (not including private-hire cars) more than one year old
- a current goods vehicle test certificate for heavy good vehicles more than one year old. Certain goods vehicles are exempt from testing, see below for any queries
- a plating certificate (if one is needed)
- a weight certificate (if one is needed)
- a certificate of initial fitness or certificate of conformity (refers to bus taxation class only)
- a reduced pollution certificate (for vehicles being taxed in reduced pollution class). Drivers of larger vehicle and buses are entitled to vehicle tax incentives. Further information can be found on the link below
Plating and testing queries
If you have any questions on plating and or testing, please contact:
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, 91-92 The Strand, Swansea, SA1 2DH. Telephone: 0870 606 0440.
Changes to engine size or fuel type
If there has been a change to the cylinder capacity or the fuel type of the vehicle which will affect the amount of vehicle tax payable, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency will need to know. Details of what you need to do can be found on the link below gives.