checking how much the tax on a car will be

DVLA's Vehicle Enquiry Service can also show you how much tax you'll need to pay.

1. Getting started

You'll need:

  • The reference number from the registration certificate (V5C).
  • The car's registration number.
  • The make of the vehicle.

2. Checking how much

  1. Go to the Vehicle Enquiry Service on the website.
  2. Enter the car's registration.
  3. Enter the make of the vehicle.
  4. Enter the V5C reference number.
  5. Click 'Search'.

DVLA will tell you exactly how much tax you'll have to pay for 6 months, 12 months or by monthly direct debit.

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If you still have questions, you can find all of the answers in the following categories:

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Alternatively, you can search our website below:

Call us on 0330 066 95 85 during opening hours.

Standard rate applies (as per 01 or 02 numbers and is usually included in any free minutes).

Send an email to or use the form below.

It helps if you tell us your registration or reference number if you have one.
During opening hours we'll usually respond within two hours.

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An operator will call you as soon as they become available.

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