- Car Tax
Done something very stupid…. I forgot to change the address on my car when we moved earlier this year (end of March) and so didn’t get reminder for car tax renewal (which had in my head as March to coincide with MOT). My own stupid fault and it ran out 30th Nov. If I try to sort it out tomorrow does anyone know if I need to ring the DVLA direct or can I do it through a post office that can issue tax discs/change addresses and also whether it would be an automatic £1000 fine. From reading around it seems spot fines can be given too which obviously I wouldn’t know about as they will all have been going to old address – would they be added to the fine? Can’t plead anything for my part – just sheer stupidity but would like to get some sleep tonight which I will if I know roughly what to expect/need to do tomorrow…..Posted 5 years ago
Can definitely get it sorted tomorrow. I’ve got the Registration document (with old address), MOT certificate, insurance certificate, old tax disc, my driving license (which I DID remember to change the address on) ready to take to town with me tomorrow to do first thing.Posted 5 years agoJunkyardMember
Try online as must be easier
I once went 9 months without – spotted at the MOT
When I went to tax it they check to see if you have been caught by one of those auto number recognition systems [ somehow I had not] then they let me backdate it all + a small fine – so little I cant even recall what it was £30 ??? – and then spoke to me like i was a stupid small child whilst processing it all at a regional DVLA office.Posted 5 years ago
Never forgotten sincearacerSubscriber
Be prepared to visit a few post offices – a lot of them no longer sell road fund licenses
Or you could save yourself the legwork by checking on their website:
I would agree with the suggestion to go online, but if you’re renewing late you then have the issue that it’s not strictly speaking legal to use the car until the disc arrives in the post. I chanced it when I only got round to renewing the morning my tax was due, but in your situation you probably don’t want to add to your issues.Posted 5 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
a lot of them no longer sell road fund licenses
If you want to be pedantic, no-one sells road fund licenses.
Some post offices do however process Graduated Vehicle Excise Duty. 😉
Emma: don’t worry too much about it, my Grandfather used to forget about his all the time and they just backdated the payment to cover the period he’d missed.Posted 5 years ago
quite happy to go to a post office, was more concerned with whether, as it is now out of date, would I have to go direct to DVLA. I’ve checked the post office on the website and they definitely do tax and I’ve got as much paperwork as I could possibly think you would need ready to take with me. No way will I risk driving the damn thing before I get tax although I will be getting very wet walking to the post office (30 minutes walk) in the morning as it’s supposed to P*** down 🙁Posted 5 years agoRscottMember
I once over ran by 3 months (they wanted to back date me and fine me £60 I was super poor at the time<and the lady at the PO said go home sorn your car come back next week and we will sort it with out back dating or the fine. In the end i payed up asi needed the car but its always an option.Posted 5 years ago
so, been to post office to retax, had it back dated for the month I’ve missed. £215.00 for a year but no mention of a fine. Lady at the till said she thought any fine would show up on the system when she put it through but may still be posted on once they have the new address, she wasn’t sure. At least the damn thing is taxed now!Posted 5 years agoThrustyjustMember
Current wife retaxed her car this morning at the Post Office. Was expecting a queue out the door and was empty. Bloke said he hadnt done a tax disc for a while !! We usually do it on line, but had to wait for todays payday. I always stick it on the fridge as a reminder.Posted 5 years agoandrewhMember
my driving license (which I DID remember to change the address on)
So why can’t someone at the DVLA apply common sense and enquire if you would like the address on your reg doc changing too? Just a little note, or even the form to do it with, in the envelope they return your licence in.Posted 5 years agocoffeekingMember
So why can’t someone at the DVLA apply common sense and enquire if you would like the address on your reg doc changing too? Just a little note, or even the form to do it with, in the envelope they return your licence in.
They will probably ask why they should be responsible for this, seeing as the car doesn’t have to be moving with you, may not even be registered to the person who is paying the tax etc. If they have to enquire every time someone changes their license address there would be a lot of phoning around going on.
FWIW neither of my cars are currently registered to my current address (though they are insured for this address) – everything still goes to my old address where I can pick up the mail anyway. I will get around to changing it one day.
A friend of mine forgot to tax his for several months (3 cars, slipped his mind), upon re-taxing (around 2009) he was fined £80 via a letter from the DVLA.Posted 5 years agoThrustyjustMember
I always stick it on the fridge as a reminder.
I make a note of the date of expiry and put it on the car windscreen.
Isnt it already on the windscreen ?
Current wife retaxed her car this morning…
Interesting turn of phrase. Planning a new patio?
Nope, I am the latest husband………although she said never again after me !!!Posted 5 years ago
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