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England - How To Apply Vehicle tax for disabled people

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Procedure[edit]

  • Applying for the first free tax disc is different from renewing it every year.
  • For new vehicles, you will need to take the exemption certificate and a valid insurance certificate to the dealership.
  • For used vehicles, you can change the tax class at a Post Office branch that issues tax discs. You must have your full vehicle registration certificate (V5C), insurance certificate and MOT certificate (if applicable
  • You will also need to:
    • fill in the appropriate sections of your exemption certificate
  • Youll need a new certificate if your exemption certificate:
    • has expired
    • is full (for DLA 404 or WPA0442)
    • has been lost, stolen or damaged
  • You will also need a new certificate if the vehicle or keeper details have changed.
  • Once you have your disabled tax disc, you can apply for a refund for any remaining months on your old tax disc.



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Required Documents[edit]

  • Your Identity
  • Birth certificate, passport, drivers licence for proof of age
  • Residential Proof
  • Medical Certificate
  • Full vehicle registration certificate (V5C)
  • Certificate of Entitlement (please write the registration number of the vehicle in the top right hand corner)
  • An original MoT or GVT certificate (if your vehicle needs one), and
  • A certificate of insurance or cover note (downloaded or faxed copies are acceptable, photocopies are not).
Identity documents

You must provide original documents. DVLA wont accept photocopies or laminated certificates.

United Kingdom (UK) digital passports
  • If you hold a digital passport (the photograph and signature appear on the same page), DVLA can confirm your identity with the Identity and Passport Service. You dont have to send your passport to DVLA.
  • When applying online youll be asked to provide your nine digit passport number allowing DVLA to confirm your identity.
  • If you apply by post, using the D1 'application for a driving licence', write your nine digit passport number and your signature in the 'confirming your identity' section of the D1 form.
Other types of identification
  • DVLA also accepts the following documents as confirmation of your identity. Unlike the digital passport though, you'll need to send your identity document with your application:
    • Full valid current passport
    • Biometric residence permit (formerly known as the identity card for foreign nationals)
    • UK certificate of naturalisation
  • Do not send in your passport if you need it within the next month. If this is the case you should consider delaying your licence application until you can send it with your passport to DVLA.
  • If youve reached State Pension age, you can provide originals of one of the following in your name:
    • Recent (within three months) bank or building society statement showing your pension payment and National Insurance number
    • BR2102, BR2103 or BR5899 letter confirming your eligibility for the State Pension
UK birth and adoption certificates
  • UK birth and adoption certificates can also be used, however, as they are not absolute proof of identity, they must be accompanied by one of the following:
    • National Insurance card or a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions containing your National Insurance number
    • Photocopy of the front page of a benefits book or an original benefits claim letter
    • P45, P60 or pay slip
    • Marriage certificate or divorce papers (decree nisi or absolute)
    • College or university union card or school record
  • If you don't have a birth or adoption certificate, or the one that you have doesnt show your full name or country of birth, contact your local register office.



Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Contact point

Service Personnel and Veterans Agency
Address - Norcross,Thornton Cleveleys,Lancashire,FY5 3WP
Phone number - Helpline - 08001 692 277
Text phone - Helpline - 0800 169 3458
Fax - Helpline - 01253 332 014
Email addres - [email protected]
Website - http://www.veterans-uk.info

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+44 1253 866 043
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Eligibility[edit]

  • To be eligible, you must get the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance. Or you must be getting War Pensioners Mobility Supplement or have an invalid carriage.
  • You may eligible to apply for a free disabled tax disc, the vehicle must be either:
    • registered in your name
    • registered in the name of someone who only uses their vehicle to help you for example, takes you shopping



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Instructions[edit]

  • You can apply for a free disabled tax disc, the vehicle must be either:
    • registered in your name
    • registered in the name of someone who only uses their vehicle to help you for example, takes you shopping
  • Youll need an exemption certificate to get your free disabled tax disc. You may be entitled to receive an exemption certificate if youre receiving:
    • Disability Living Allowance - higher rate of the mobility component
    • War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
Exemption certificates
  • If youre getting Disability Living Allowance, your exemption certificate could be either a:
    • certificate of entitlement to Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
    • annual certificate of entitlement
    • DLA 404 certificate
  • These exemption certificates are issued by the Pensions, Disability and Carers Service.
  • If youre claiming War Pensioners Mobility Supplement, youll have the WPA0442 Certificate, which is issued by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency.
  • If youre eligible under the Disabled Passenger Scheme, youll have a MHS330 certificate.
  • The exemption certificate must be valid and can only be used to tax one vehicle at a time.
  • See Taxing your vehicle in the disabled class to learn more about exemption certificates and find out how to apply for your tax disc.
Using a vehicle which has a free disabled tax disc
  • The vehicle must either be used by yourself or by someone who only uses their vehicle to help you, for example, getting prescriptions for you.
  • You wont be able to get a free disabled tax disc if:
    • the vehicle is not used directly for your purposes
    • youre no longer entitled to the higher rate mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • See the section Change or circumstances below to find out what to do if youre no longer entitled.
Renewing your free disabled tax disc
  • You can renew your tax disc either on Directgov or at a Post Office branch that issues tax discs. See Taxing your vehicle in the disabled class for more information about this.
Changes in your circumstances
  • Going into hospital
    • Providing the vehicle continues to be used only for your purposes, exemption from vehicle tax will still apply if youre in hospital for more than:
      • 28 days for an adult
      • 84 days for a child
    • This still applies if you lose your entitlement to Disability Living Allowance as a result of your stay in hospital.
  • Selling your vehicle
    • If you sell the vehicle, you should return the disabled tax disc to the DVLA on a Application for a refund of vehicle tax when you have the tax disc V14 form. You will also need to send a covering letter and fill in the relevant section of your Registration Certificate (V5C).
  • Your entitlement to a qualifying benefit has ended
    • If your entitlement to a qualifying benefit ends youll need to return the disabled tax disc and certificate of entitlement to the DVLA. Youll need to do this on an Application for a refund of vehicle tax when you have the tax disc V14 form.
    • Youll need to purchase a new tax disc and update the Registration Certificate (V5C) to reflect the appropriate paying tax class. A change from disabled to another taxation class can only be carried out at a DVLA Local Office. Once the changes have been made you can tax online, by phone or at the Post Office branch that issues tax discs next time.
    • The vehicle is not being used solely for your purpose
    • The vehicle will not be exempt from tax if its used in a way which is not directly for the purposes of the disabled person. You should contact the DVLA and tax the vehicle in the appropriate tax class.
    • The disabled tax disc previously issued must be returned on an Application for a refund of vehicle tax when you have the tax disc (V14) along with the exemption certificate and a covering letter.
  • Motability contract hire vehicles
    • Motability contract hire vehicles don't need an exemption certificate. Motability will arrange to tax your vehicle each year and send a tax disc to you.
    • Motability will register the vehicle and hold the Registration Certificate for the length of your contract. You will need to tell Motability of any changes to your address or circumstances to ensure you get your tax disc on time.
  • Invalid carriages
    • You don't need an Exemption Certificate to get a free disabled tax disc for an invalid carriage.
    • The vehicle must:
      • be registered in your name
      • weigh less than 509 kilograms
      • be adapted, used or kept on a public road for a disabled person
    • Your vehicle doesn't need to be registered or display a tax disc if it:
      • weighs less than 113.4 kilograms
      • is for footway use only
      • has a maximum speed of four miles per hour



Required Information[edit]

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • National Insurance number
  • Nationality
  • Contact address
  • Telephone/Mobile number



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