Last updated September 02, 2022
The V11 is an important document that is sent by the DVLA. If you have made an application for a SORN or haven’t filed the road tax for your car, you may get a V11 sent to you. The name sounds similar to the V5C, but the V11 is just a letter sent as a reminder.
Yes, the DVLA still issues V11 reminders to all drivers as a courtesy. You should ensure that you are still registered with the DVLA under the correct address to avoid missing your letter.
You’ll need to complete a V11 form if you want to tax or SORN your car. Following feedback that the V11 form was too complicated and text-heavy, the DVLA redesigned the form in 2019 and it now comprises three sections:
You should receive a V11 after the 5th day of the month before you are due to renew your road tax. For example, if your tax renewal is due on November 11th, you will receive your V11 any time after October 5th.
Remember that the V11 is a final reminder, and you should not wait to receive your V11 before paying your road tax. If you don’t act on your V11 in time, lose it or don’t receive your V11, this won’t be seen as a legal or valid excuse for driving without road tax.
To avoid any issues, you should pay your road tax by direct debit, far in advance of your final due date.
Your 16-digit reference number can be found at the top of your V11. You’ll need to know your reference number to complete your road tax payment online or by phone, or to SORN your car.
You can’t access a V11 online as it is classed as a courtesy reminder but as an essential document.
You can complete the process of taxing or applying to SORN your vehicle online without a V11. You can do this on the gov.uk website and will just need your V5C.
You can tax your car via the gov.uk website up to 2 months in advance. It’s worth noting that you are only supposed to do this if you will be away from home and unable to renew your tax when it runs out.
You’ll need to do this by post and must include:
This should all be addressed to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1DZ.
You can tax your vehicle online using your V5C logbook via the gov.uk website. You should also ensure that you have the correct address registered with the DVLA, as this is likely the reason that you haven’t received your V11 letter.
In most cases, yes, the figure you will pay will be based on your vehicle’s specific tax banding. Currently, electric vehicles have a £0 road tax banding, but you’ll still need to file the paperwork – whether in the post office, by phone or online. The other vehicles that are exempt are:
If you pay your tax monthly, you will not be sent a V11 reminder. This is due to the fact your payments are taken automatically.