Applying for a new tax disk online - or declaring a vehicle SORN - is straightforward.
Simply visit www.taxdisc.direct.gov.uk
, then select either 'apply for a tax disc now'
or 'declare SORN' from the left hand menu. You then enter some further information, e.g.
the reference number shown on any reminder form - or the eleven digit reference shown
on the V5C registration certificate (log book). You also need the vehicle's registration
When the website receives a new tax disc request, it checks the vehicle is insured and
has a valid MOT certificate (if applicable). This is done electronically through the Motor
Insurance Database and the VOSA MOT database. Assuming everything is in order you
then select your preferred disc - six or twelve months.
Payment is by debit or credit card.
There is a £2.50 charge for the latter. Discs should be received within five working days.
Once a vehicle is declared SORN (Statutory Off-Road Notification) it cannot be used - or
kept - on the public highway. This declaration lasts for twelve months unless the vehicle is
either: re-licensed, sold, permanently exported, or scrapped. The vehicle 'keeper' should
receive written confirmation within four weeks of completing the online SORN declaration.
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By Stephen Turvil, motoring.co.uk