June 17, 2019 at 11:46 AM

Many disabled drivers, as well as carers or nominated drivers for a disabled person, are entitled to free road tax; however, there are conditions and regulations for vehicle tax exemption.

Firstly, the vehicle must be registered in the disabled person's name or the name of their nominated driver. In addition, it must be solely driven for the personal needs of the handicapped claimant - for example, to get prescriptions or shopping. In the case of a nominated driver, this means that it can't be used for their own personal use.

Every eligible disabled applicant can only have one vehicle tax exemption at any one time. So, even if you have access to more than one car, it's not possible to claim tax exemption on multiple vehicles through a single disability allowance.

Am I Eligible For Disabled Car Tax Exemption?

You can apply for car tax exemption if you receive any of the following disability allowances:

  • Higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Enhanced rate mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

You'll need to have a valid Certificate of Entitlement to make a successful application. This means that you won't need a new certificate every year, but you will need to re-use the serial number from the original certificate.

VEHICLE TAX REDUCTION

If you receive the PIP standard rate mobility component, you're eligible for a 50% reduction in vehicle tax. Unfortunately, you can't get a reduction if you're in receipt of the DLA lower rate mobility component.

You must include the following with your application:

  • A letter or statement from the Department for Work and Pensions that shows your PIP rate and the dates you're getting it
  • The V5C (log book) with your name as the registered keeper
  • A V10 form
  • An original MOT or GVT certificate (if the vehicle needs one)
  • A cheque or payable order (made out to 'DVLA, Swansea') for 50% of the full rate of car tax for the vehicle
  • An insurance certificate or cover note (if the vehicle is registered to a Northern Ireland address)

Send all of these documents with a covering letter to: DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1DZ.

How Do I Apply For Disabled Car Tax Exemption?

Applying for disabled car tax exemption for the first time is different from renewing it every year. The process depends on whether you're buying the car from brand new or second hand.

BUYING A NEW CAR

For brand new vehicles, you just need to take your valid Certificate of Entitlement for your disability allowance to the dealership. They'll process the application for you and make sure you're new car is taxed before handing over the keys.

 

NOTE: Vehicles registered with a Northern Ireland address also need an insurance certificate valid on the day the tax starts.

 

BUYING A USED CAR

For used vehicles, you need to change the tax class at a Post Office branch that deals with vehicle tax. Click here to find your nearest eligible branch.

You will need to take the following documents:

  • The V5C (log book) registered in the disabled person's name or the name of the nominated driver, or the new keeper slip (V5C/2)
  • Certificate of Entitlement for your disability allowance (the registration number of the vehicle needs to be written in the top right corner)
  • An original, valid MOT or GVT certificate (if the vehicle needs one)

 

NOTE: Vehicles registered with a Northern Ireland address also need an insurance certificate or cover note (downloaded or faxed copies are acceptable, photocopies are not) valid on the day the tax starts.

 

If you don't have a V5C registered in your name or the green new keeper slip, you will also need to bring a completed 'Application for a vehicle registration certificate' (V62) and the £25 fee.

How To Renew Disabled Car Tax Exemption

Unless you receive the Armed Forces Independence Payment - which can only be renewed at the Post Office - you have four options to renew a vehicle's disabled car tax exemption.

Using the V11 'Reminder to get vehicle tax or make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)' or the V5C, you can apply for a renewal:

  • Online at www.gov.uk/vehicletax
  • By phone on 0300 123 4321
  • By textphone on 0300 790 6201 (for hard of hearing customers)
  • At a Post Office that deals with vehicle tax

You may also need the surname, date of birth and National Insurance number of the exemption certificate holder as well as the certificate serial number.

How To Transfer Disabled Car Tax Exemption To Another Car

Unfortunately, disabled car tax status is unable to be transferred from one vehicle to another. Whenever you get a new vehicle, or the registered keeper changes, you need to apply for free tax at the Post Office as explained above.

You will also need to get a new Certificate of Entitlement by contacting the applicable number:

 

DLA (GB customers only)

PIP (GB customers only) & AFIP (GB and NI customers)

DLA (NI customers only)

PIP (NI customers only)

Phone

0800 121 4600

0800 121 4433

0800 587 0912

0800 507 0932

Textphone

0800 121 4523

0800 121 4493

028 9031 1092

0800 587 0937

 

IMPORTANT: If you don't apply for, and receive, a new Certificate of Entitlement when you change your vehicle, you will be unable to apply for disabled car tax exemption.

 

How To Change Car Tax From Disabled To Normal

If the disabled person is no longer eligible for free tax, you don't use the vehicle as required by a nominated driver or you're a new owner, the only way to change the tax class from disabled is to apply for tax at a Post Office that deals with vehicle tax.

You will need to take the following documents:

  • The V5C (log book) registered in your name or the new keeper slip (V5C/2)
  • An original, valid MOT or GVT certificate (if the vehicle needs one)
  • Payment for vehicle tax (if applicable)
  • An insurance certificate or cover note (if the vehicle is registered to a Northern Ireland address)

If you don't have a V5C registered in your name or the green new keeper slip, you will also need to bring a completed 'Application for a vehicle registration certificate' (V62) and the £25 fee.


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