Can You Buy Stamps To Pay Road Tax?

If you are wondering whether or not you buy stamps from a local post office to pay Road Tax, you will find the answer to your question through the following blog post. In addition to this, we will also discuss how road tax payments can be made depending on whether your payment is for a new or a used vehicle, the documents that you will need to make these payments and review the process for making Road Tax payments through your local post office.

Can You Buy Stamps To Pay Road Tax?

No, you cannot buy Road Tax stamps anymore to pay your Vehicle Excise Duty in the UK. Buying Road tax stamps for Vehicle Excise Duty payments was common in the past when vehicle owners could purchase savings stamps costing £5.00 each from their local post office. 

These stamps were attached to a P6386 Post Office savings stamps collector card (or P6386W in Wales) for Road Tax payments. 

Depending on the size of the engine and emissions, a certain number of stamps must be purchased from either Post Office or licensed dealer outlets. However, their use has been discontinued since Road Tax payments were digitised all across the UK.

While there were some advantages associated with using road tax stamps; such as reducing fraud, however, there were deemed to be too many limitations. For instance, it was difficult to determine whether Road Tax stamps had been counterfeited, then they were susceptible to damage or loss. 

Therefore, you cannot buy stamps anymore to pay your Road Tax as they have been replaced by electronic payments as part of efforts towards making the payment process more efficient and secure.

However, you can still pay your Road Tax through post offices that deal with Road Tax payments. Payments can be made through any of the preferred methods from the following list:

  • Debit/credit card
  • Direct Debit
  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Postal Order

How Do You Pay Road Tax?

How you pay your Road Tax depends on the following situations: 

  • you are paying the tax for a vehicle that has been in your possession for some time
  • you are paying the tax for a newly purchased brand-new vehicle
  • you are paying the tax for a newly purchased second-hand vehicle 

If you are paying the tax for a vehicle that is in your possession (no change of ownership required), you can pay your Road Tax using any of the following documents:

  • V5C Vehicle logbook that serves as proof of your ownership of the vehicle as its registered owner.
  • V11 reminder notice that contains your name as the vehicle owner and specifies the amount of car tax due for the upcoming tax term.
  • V62 logbook application form; in case your previous logbook is lost or missing.

When you buy a new car from a dealership, the dealer will usually arrange to pay the first year’s car tax for you. They will also add the £55 vehicle registration fee to the price of the car. Once the dealer has paid your car tax, they will give you your vehicle logbook or V5C registration certificate.

When you buy a second-hand car, the previous owner will need to fill out the “new keeper” section of the V5C registration certificate and send it to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). They will also give you a green slip with a 12-digit reference number. You can use the reference number on the green slip to pay your car tax. You can do this online, over the phone, or at the post office.

How Do You Pay Road Tax From The Post Office?

You can pay your Road Tax through a local post office that deals with Vehicle Excise Duty payments. To tax your car at the post office, you will need to bring one of the following documents as proof of ownership:

  • Your vehicle registration certificate (V5C)
  • Your DVLA V11 reminder letter
  • A valid Ministry of Transport (MOT) certificate

If you have lost your V11 letter or your V5C, you can still renew your car tax at the post office. However, you will need to apply for a new V5C registration certificate. You can do this by completing a V62 application form A, which costs £25.

You can choose to pay your Road Tax through a debit or credit card, direct debit facility through your local bank, cash, cheque or postal order.

Payments for Road Tax can either be made on a monthly, semi-annual or annual basis.


The above discussion helps to conclude that Road Tax can longer be paid by buying stamps from your local post office. While this was a common practice in the past, it has been discontinued by the DVLA since Road Tax payments were digitised. However, there are many convenient options for paying Road Tax; the most common one is through a local post office that deals with Road Tax.


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