While the main aim of this blog post is to help in answering the question of which post offices are registered for car tax payments, we will also discuss through its content, how can a vehicle owner pay their car tax through a post office, which documents are required to process the payment and what are the potential consequences of missing out on a payment. 

Which Post Offices Are Registered For Car Tax Payments?

There is an elaborate list of around 6,285 post offices registered for car tax payments that covers their names and locations across England. Some of these include the following:

  • If you are in Banffshire County, you can pay your car tax at Banff, Cornhill, Dufftown or Gardenstown post offices
  • If you are in Orkney County, you can pay your car tax at Stromness, Lyness, Kirkwall, Westray or Longhope post offices
  • If you are in South Gloucestershire County, you can pay your car tax at Stoke Gifford or North Road Mobile Service post offices
  • Out of the 200 plus post offices in Lancashire County, some of the locations where you can pay road tax include those located at Accrington, Blackpool, Oldham, Bolton and Chorley
  • There are nearly a hundred post offices in Great Manchester County that can help you with road tax payments. While most of them are located in Manchester, some of these can also be found in Salford, Leigh and Stockport
  • In Middlesex County, you will find post offices located across Edgware to Harrow to Southall and Wembley that can assist you with car tax payments

There are nearly 300 post offices in London alone that offer car tax payment services. You can either choose to access the list online or visit the official website of UK postal services to enter your postal code and verify which is the closest post office to you that offers car tax payment services.

However, vehicle owners must keep in mind that registered post offices will only be able to help them with relevant forms and facilitate payments of their car tax; and that too in the case of registered owners. They will not be able to provide any advisory services regarding the calculation of car tax, change of car tax class or declaration of SORN. To deal with such matters you will have to contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

How Do You Tax Your Car At The Post Office?

The process of taxing your car at the post office is quite simple. You can start by looking for the nearest post office that offers car tax payments through the online branch finder tool of the UK postal services.

Car owners receive a reminder from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency around three weeks before their vehicle tax is about to expire. This is called a V11 reminder. This letter can be taken to the nearest local post office which has car tax facilities and used as a reference to pay your car tax. 

A V62 form can easily be obtained from your local post office that is responsible for car tax collections or you may download and print a V62 from the DVLA website. You must provide all the required information in a V62 form, especially the questions regarding vehicle details. 

To pay your car tax online from the post office, you will need the following documents;

  • Your V11 letter
  • An MOT test certificate
  • The amount of payment mentioned in the V11 letter

If you have misplaced your V11 letter or your V5C, your car tax can still be renewed through the local post office. 

At this time, you should also apply for a new Registration Certificate using a V62 application form A for £25

Can You Apply For A Vehicle Logbook From The Post Office?

Yes, you can apply for a renewed vehicle logbook from a local post office that deals with matters related to vehicle tax. You will need a form V62 to apply for a V5C, that is your vehicle logbook. However, you will need to carry any of the following documents to serve as proof of vehicle ownership:

  • your vehicle registration certificate; V5C
  • your V11 reminder from the DVLA
  • a valid Ministry Of Transport (MOT) certificate 

Car owners in the UK require a V62 form to make an application for their duplicate vehicle logbook; also termed V5C. It may also be required when the vehicle logbook does not arrive within six weeks of registering the vehicle with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

A V62 form can easily be obtained from your local post office that is responsible for car tax collections or you may download and print a V62 from the DVLA website. You must provide all the required information in a V62 form, especially the questions regarding vehicle details. 

Payments can be made through local post offices registered for car tax. You may use a debit card, credit card or direct debit facility to make your car tax payment(s).

What Happens If Car Tax Payment Is Delayed?

If you pay your car tax late, you will have to pay a fine of £80 in addition to your car tax bill. This is a penalty charged by the DVLA for non-payment of car tax by the due date mentioned in your V11 reminder notice. If you make this payment within 28 days, the fine will be reduced to 50 per cent making it £40. However, you will not get any points on your license at this time.

To pay your late payment fine, you will need the following documents:

  • vehicle registration number
  • penalty letter issued by the DVLA
  • debit or credit card to make the payment 

However, if you do not pay the fine within the stipulated time, the amount can increase to £1,000 and you can be taken to court or your vehicle can be clamped so that it cannot be driven until the fine is paid.  

Conclusion:

The content in the above article shares details regarding different locations of post offices within different counties which can assist vehicle owners regarding the payment of their car tax. A full list of these locations can also be obtained online and one can conveniently search for a nearby and convenient location from which car tax payments can be made.

References:

Vehicle Tax offices | Offices finder & Opening times

Buy Or Renew Your Vehicle Tax | Identity | Post Office®

Tax your vehicle – GOV.UK