How Can I Tax My Car Without A Logbook Or Reminder?

This blog post aims to answer the question of how can the registered keeper of a vehicle pay their car tax without a logbook or V11 reminder from the DVLA. While we will mainly focus on how car tax can be paid, what documents will be required and what are the payment options in the absence of a vehicle logbook or reminder notice, we will also explore how the payment mode changes in the case of a new car and how many days it takes for your car tax record to be updated once the payment is made.

How Can I Tax My Car Without A Logbook Or Reminder?

You can tax your car without a vehicle logbook (also termed as a V5C certificate) or a V11 reminder in either of the following ways:

  • a V62 application if you are the current keeper of the vehicle and it is registered in your name  
  • a “new keeper” green slip if you have just bought the vehicle but it is not registered in your name

If you choose to use a V62 form to tax your car it means that you are applying for a new vehicle logbook or V5C as the original one is either lost or defaced or you have not received your V5C after purchasing a car. You can get this form from a local post office that deals with car tax, through the DVLA or online at the UK Government’s website and will need to pay £25 if you are requesting a duplicate of your vehicle logbook.

The documents that you will need to tax your car with a V62 include the following:

  • Firstly, you need to download and print a vehicle registration certificate.
  • Then you must fill in all the required information, especially regarding vehicle details. 
  • You will also need your vehicle registration certificate, V11 reminder from the DVLA and a valid Ministry Of Transport (MOT) certificate to prove your ownership of the vehicle.

Once you fill in the form, you can submit it along with the fee at the local post office. Payments can be made with a cheque or postal order payable to DVLA, Swansea the V62 form and be sent to the following address:



SA99 1DD

You can also make payments by choosing any of the below-listed options:

  • Cash
  • Direct debit
  • Debit card
  • Credit card

How Can I Tax A Newly Purchased Car Without A Logbook Or Reminder?

If you have recently purchased a car and are waiting for your vehicle logbook to be registered in your name, you can pay your car tax using your new keeper’s green slip. This should have been handed over to you by the previous owner of the vehicle during the purchase. You can use this green slip to pay your car tax until you receive your vehicle logbook.

If you have purchased a brand-new car, your car dealer should have arranged the car tax payment and your vehicle’s registration in your name as it is the common practice. If that is not the case, you will need to register your car with the DVLA using the V55/4 form on their website.

It usually takes between 4 to 6 weeks for a new vehicle registration application to be processed at the DVLA. Once it is done, they will send you your Vehicle Registration Certificate or V5C which mentions you as the registered keeper of the vehicle. 

You will also need to pay a fee of £55. Payments can be made through a cheque or postal order and should be sent to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BE.

How Long Will It Take For Car Tax To Show If I Tax My Car Without A Logbook Or A Reminder?

It generally takes 5 working days for a car tax payment to show online. If you wish to check your payment status you can visit the DVLA’s online Vehicle Inquiry System.

If you are going to be away from home or would simply like to make sure that essential payments such as car tax are not delayed, you can choose to pay your car tax 2 months in advance.

Otherwise, online payments generally speed up the payment process as compared to cheques or postal orders.


The above discussion has helped to conclude that even if a vehicle owner does not have their vehicle logbook (V5C) or the V11 reminder for car tax, they can still keep their payments updated by using their new keeper’s green slip or a V62 application. 


Tax your vehicle without a V11 reminder – GOV.UK

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