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Applying for a Refund
An application can be made to the DVLA by post. Ensure you post your application before the first day of the month, and write a letter stating your reasons for applying for a refund.
These reasons could include your vehicle being sold, transferred, scrapped/exported, stolen, re-taxed in a nil value tax class for instance the disabled tax class, or taken off the road.
If these details are not provided then your application will be rejected and you'll receive a letter. Make sure all the details on the refund application form match those for the registered keeper specified on the vehicle registration certificate (V5C).
Remember, if your vehicle's registration number is in the process of being transferred or retained, don't apply for a refund. Your tax disc and registration number transferral/retention application are dealt with at the same time.
How Can I Apply for a Refund?
The means for applying for a refund depend on whether or not you have your tax disc.
If You Have a Tax Disc
Download and complete the form V14 Application for a refund of vehicle tax when you have the tax disc. Send the tax disc with the signed form to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AL.
Help is available on the DVLA's website - look out for 'Application for a refund of vehicle tax'.
Did you know that you can also make a SORN and other declarations via this form? See When to make a SORN .
If You Don't
Have a Tax Disc
Complete the form V33 'Application for a refund of vehicle tax when the tax disc is missing' and send this form to Refund Section, DVLA, Swansea SA99 1AL.
The V33 form is only available by phoning DVLA Customer Enquiries on 0300 790 6802 or from a DVLA local office.
If you later find, or have returned to you, your original tax disc following the refund, you must return the disc to the DVLA with a covering letter.
Your Vehicle has been Stolen
You can apply for a refund in the event of your vehicle being stolen. However you should ensure you wait seven days before you apply, as a large number of vehicles are returned in this time. Use your crime reference number on the V33 form.
About Your Refund
Refunds are only paid for full months left before expiry. So if your tax disc expires in March, and you apply during January, you will receive two full months value in your refund. Refunds are payable to the person named on the application form and the vehicle registration certificate (V5C).
DVLA charge £7.00 (which is deducted from the refund) if you fail to return the tax disc.
First Year Rates
Drivers who've paid a higher 'first year rate' for a vehicle's first tax disc only receive a refund based on the higher rate in the event that the vehicle has been stolen or scrapped, or the vehicle has been changed to a nil value tax class for example the disabled tax class.