Vehicle tax refunds

Guidance on the vehicle tax refund process following the abolition of the tax disc.

DVLA continue to receive requests for V14 forms (Application for a refund of vehicle tax or return of a nil value disc) which was made obsolete on 1 October as a result of abolition of the tax disc. It should no longer be used to apply for a refund of vehicle tax.

Since 1 October 2014, customers no longer need to make a separate application for a refund of vehicle taxA refund is automatically issued when notification is received from the person named on DVLA's vehicle register that a vehicle has been:

  • sold or transferred
  • scrapped at an Authorised Treatment Facility
  • exported
  • removed from the road and a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) made
  • changed to an exempt duty tax class

Rejection of V14 forms

Any further V14 applications received will be rejected and returned to the applicant.

Dates of acquisition and/or disposal

Please ensure that the dates of acquisition and/or disposal provided on V5Cs, V5C/2 and V5C/3 are current andaccurate as incorrect information could affect the amount of refund calculated.


If taxing on behalf of a new keeper,the V5C/2 should be used at the point a sale is agreed and details of the new keeper completed on the document. The V5C/2 should bepassed to the new keeper.

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