The DVLA has launched a service which allows motorists to renew their tax discs over the internet.
It is hoped the online vehicle licensing service will help ease queues at post office counters by making it possible for motorists to renew their road tax from home. However, you can use the service only if your car is less than three years old (so is exempt from an MOT) or has been issued with one of the new-style computerised MOT certificates.
If you want to use the service, you need to apply online at least five working days before your current disc expires, to allow time for delivery to the registered keeper’s address. There’s no extra charge for renewing online, although payments made by credit card are subject to a GBP 2.50 processing fee.
As you don’t have to produce an insurance certificate when you renew online, the DVLA checks the registration number against a database of all currently insured UK cars.
The DVLA is also offering renewal by phone on 0870 850 4444.