Coronavirus advice: How do I renew my car's tax if its MOT has expired?

Although car MOTs have been extended, car tax (VED) must still be paid. A reader asks how he can renew his car's tax once the MOT has expired...

Car tax changes in 2018 – what do I need to know?

My car’s MOT is due later this month, and I need to renew the car tax from 1 May. However, I can't renew my tax without an MOT, and I can't MOT the vehicle due to the coronavirus lock-down.

The government has said that MOTs can be extended for six months, but there doesn't seem to be any information on its website about how to do this.

I’ve also tried contacting the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), but I can’t get through on the phone or online chat and have had no response to my emails.

MOT test changes – how will they affect you?

I obviously can’t drive the car on the road without tax and I don't want to SORN my vehicle, so can you tell me what people in my position are supposed to do?

Steve Mallinson

What Car? says…

The Government has granted a six-month extension on the MOTs of all vehicles where the current test expired on or after 30 March 2020. It’s worth noting that if your car’s MOT expired before 30 March you can’t get the extension, but this doesn't apply in your case. 

Although your car’s MOT has been automatically extended, in order to get the official records for it updated you need to email covid19mot@dvsa.gov.uk, stating the date the MOT expires and the car’s registration number. 

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will then update the records for your car. Once this has been done you will be able to buy car tax online in the usual way. You can check if the MOT has been extended at https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history.

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