How to obtain free car tax disc (Vehicle Excise Duty) in a disabled class

Only for people on the higher rate of DLA, WPMS, Enhanced mobility pip (100% exemption) OR standard mobility pip (50%) Exemption.

The way you get your free vehicle tax has changed

You will no longer have to apply for a vehicle tax exemption certificate.  This page tells you how to get your free vehicle tax disc. You can only tax one vehicle in disabled class at any one time.

About the vehicle

The vehicle must be used only for your needs – the person with the illness or disability.  The vehicle must be used only for your direct benefit

Different rules apply to the Blue Badge Scheme.  Find out more on Blue Badge eligibility.

Who can claim?

The exemption is only for people on Higher Rate DLA Mobility Component,War Pensioners Mobility Supplement, Enhanced Mobility PIP (100% exemption) or Standard Mobility PIP (50%) exemption.

  • The vehicle must be only used for the benefit of the person with exemption.
  • The vehicle doesn’t have to belong to the person.
  • The vehicle's registered keeper should claim the exemption.

The vehicle's registered keeper could be:

  • You – the person with the illness or disability, or
  • Someone else who uses their vehicle only for your needs

The Entitlement Certificate

You need to obtain an entitlement certificate form in order to apply for the exemption, this should be sent through automatically. If you don’t have one you can request one by calling:

Disability benefits helpline

Telephone: 08457 123 456

Textphone: 08457 224 433

War Pension, Service Personnel and Veterans Agency

Telephone: 0800 169 22 77

You or the registered keeper do not need to get a Certificate of Entitlement every year but you will need to use the serial number that is shown on the original certificate. Keep this number in a safe place. You or the registered keeper will need to use the serial number each year to renew the free tax disc.

How to claim

If you don’t need to pay vehicle tax you still need to  apply for a tax disc and display the ‘nil value disc’ on your vehicle.

About three weeks before your tax disc runs out, you should receive a “Renewal reminder for a tax disc or Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)” – V11 reminder – from DVLA.  Use the V11 reminder to renew your vehicle tax online, by phone, or in person.  If you don’t have a V11 reminder, you should use your Vehicle Registration Certificate (V5C) instead.

You’ll need the surname, date of birth and National Insurance number of the exemption certificate holder along with the certificate serial number.

If you’re taxing a particular vehicle in the disabled tax class for the first time you can’t do this online or by phone. You can only do this at a Post Office branch that issues tax discs.

For general information about vehicle tax, contact the DVLA by:

To find the address of your local DVLA office:

To find the address of your nearest Post Office that issues vehicle tax discs@

  • Go to the website, or
  • Phone 08457 223344 or
  • Write to: DLA Unit, Warbeck House, Warbeck Hill, Blackpool, FY2 0YE


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