How to Cancel Road Tax?

Mohit Baheti | Debitam By Mohit Baheti |
What is a Road Tax | Debitam - Online Account Filing

What is a Road Tax?

Road Tax is a payment that needs to be made annually by vehicle owners in the UK. If you no longer need to pay road tax, then you can reclaim it from HMRC by informing DVLA. However, before initiating the cancellation process, there are certain criteria that need to be met and users should understand how cancelling their road tax works.

How to Cancel My Road Tax?

If you are wondering how to cancel your road tax, the first step is to contact the DVLA and inform them that you will no longer be using the vehicle and wish to cancel your road tax. After this, HMRC will provide you with a refund of any remaining months that were paid for in advance. The amount of refund will vary depending on the amount of road tax that you had paid.

You can cancel your road tax only if your vehicle has been;

  • Taken off the road and kept off the public highway
  • Exported out of the UK
  • Written Off by your insurance company
  • Scrapped at an authorised treatment facility (ATF)

You will also need to cancel any other documents such as your car tax, V5 document, etc. when cancelling your road tax.

Can I Cancel my Car Tax and V5?

Yes, you can cancel your car tax and V5 by informing DVLA. When cancelling your car tax, it is important to note that any unpaid fees or fines must be cleared before the cancellation of the car tax or V5 can be processed. You can find more information regarding the cancellation of car tax and V5 on the DVLA website or by ringing 0300 790 6802.

It is useful to bear in mind that your road tax will not be automatically cancelled when you sold your car. You still need to let DVLA know.

Can I get a refund for the car tax?

Yes, you can get a refund on car tax if you meet the criteria mentioned above. The amount of refund will depend on how much road tax was paid and for how long. Refunds are usually processed within 4 weeks of informing DVLA about the cancellation of your road tax.

You can get a refund for the remaining of the same year, for example, if you sold your car in early February, you will get a refund starting from March to December. Refunds are calculated only as full months.

You can check the status of your refund by calling 0300 790 6802.


Cancelling your road tax is always an option if you no longer need it or have stopped using your vehicle. You can cancel your road tax, car tax and V5 by informing DVLA about the same. It is important to keep in mind that any unpaid fees or fines must be cleared before the cancellation can be processed. You are also entitled to receive a refund for any unused road tax payments that were made in advance.

Mohit Baheti | Debitam By Mohit Baheti |
Note: Please note that the content of the above blog and the aforementioned information are solely for the purpose of awareness and are informative in nature. The content is designed with intent to ease the understanding while preserving the essence and importance of the compliance rules and shall not be considered as an ultimate replication of the rules. Debitam does not own any responsibility whatsoever for any unpleasant event that may arise due to the misinterpretation of a specific part or whole of the information.

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