Tax discs to become a thing of the past

UK vehicle tax is changing. Here's what you need to know...

From 1 October 2014:

  • Paper tax discs will stop being issued
  • Advice notes (reminders) will no longer be sent
  • There will be no requirement to display a tax disc on your windscreen


What does this mean to me and my drivers?

From 1 October 2014, paper tax discs will be a thing of the past. The DVLA will continue to keep a record of which vehicles are taxed but, to reduce admin costs, the government has decided that paper tax discs won’t be issued/required anymore. With ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology already being used in the UK to check vehicle tax, there’s no longer a need for visual tax disc inspections.

Your leased vehicle/s will still be taxed for you by the leasing company as usual but from 1 October you won’t get new/replacement tax discs in the post or need to display them on your windscreen. In fact, you and your drivers don’t have to action anything; your leasing company will take on all the responsibility for taxing your fleet correctly.

Note: Customers with a Northern Ireland address will still need to display their MOT disc.


The Change-Over

For existing vehicles:

Traditional tax disc renewals will continue until 1 September. Renewals after this date will be handled digitally by your leasing company. (After 1 October, even if a tax disc has months left to run, it can be removed from the windscreen and destroyed.)

For deliveries before 1 October:

New deliveries will still be issued with a tax disc which should be displayed in the windscreen until 1 October. After this date, even if a tax disc has months left to run, it can be removed from the windscreen and destroyed.

For deliveries on/after 1 October:


Vehicles will not be delivered with a tax disc. They will have a DVLA digital tax record only.


Nervous about the changes?

Don’t sweat it. You can always check the status of a car's vehicle tax on the DVLA website's vehicle enquiry page. (All you’ll need is the vehicle's registration number and make handy.)

If you want to tell your drivers about these changes, all this information is available in a one-page handout. For more helpful fact sheets and guides, check out our downloads area.