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Old 30-01-2008, 22:43
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I was getting ready (albeit leaving it late in the month) to get the documents ready to do my car tax. I can never do it too early, as the insurance renews on 27th Jan, so I always have to wait for the fresh insurance certificate.

However, stupid me usually keeps the old insurance document, latest MOT and log book in the same folder.

Except I can't find the folder, and the last time I saw it was when I had the car MOT'd in October, and took that folder, with the old MOT in it to ensure they dated it correctly.

I don't recall seeing it since that day, and I have turned my files upside down looking for it.

Does anyone know what I should do to get the tax renewed without the log book? I'll give DVLA a call tmrw, and the garage, but am getting a bit stressed...
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Old 30-01-2008, 22:45
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am getting a bit stressed...
If you've got the reminder from the DVLC, book it online.
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Old 30-01-2008, 22:45
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Do it online:

http://www.vehiclelicence.gov.uk/Evl...SKIN=directgov

You will need the 16 digit reference number shown on your renewal reminder.
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Old 30-01-2008, 22:48
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You don't need the log book to get the tax renewed. Just the MOT and insurance Cert and the Letter from DVLA.

I've lost my log book and I managed to SORN my car.
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Old 30-01-2008, 22:48
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Although if you say you have just renewed your insurance, the DVLA records may not be updated yet on their system, so you might have problems doing the online route.

Worth a go though.
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Old 30-01-2008, 22:51
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If you do want a new one, you just send DVLA 25 and fill in a form.

Blooming rip off if you ask me.
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Old 30-01-2008, 22:55
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Blimey it's done!!
I checked on-line but the first page says I'd need my log book, so I stopped.
But as you go further in, it's requires the 16 digit reference *or* the MOT and log book.
Thanks to all you lovely people, I'll sleep well tonight, and go on the hunt for the log book tomorrow.
Phew...
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Old 31-01-2008, 08:29
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[quote=ff999;21277466]I was getting ready (albeit leaving it late in the month) to get the documents ready to do my car tax. I can never do it too early, as the insurance renews on 27th Jan, so I always have to wait for the fresh insurance certificate.
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Why do you have to wait for a fresh insurance certificate? You can renew your tax from the 15th of the month, and as long as your car is insured when you go to tax it you'll be fine. You aren't going to be told - "No we won't let you tax it for 6 months cos you only have 2 weeks of insurance left".
So many people (I don't mean you, OP ) use this as an excuse for an untaxed car.



Blimey it's done!!
I checked on-line but the first page says I'd need my log book, so I stopped.
But as you go further in, it's requires the 16 digit reference *or* the MOT and log book.
Thanks to all you lovely people, I'll sleep well tonight, and go on the hunt for the log book tomorrow.
Phew...
You don't need your logbook to get your tax in the Post Office now, either. As long as you have the reminder letter which proves (as much as the logbook anyway) that the car is registered to you, you just need to take your insurance and MOT.



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Old 31-01-2008, 08:52
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I know you've fixed the problem OP, but you definately don't need the log book to tax your car anyway. Just the MOT certificate and an insurance certificate. I never received a log book when i bought my first car, but didn't realise i should have had one. The car was registered though so i can only assume it got lost in the post, as i got my tax reminders and everything. I only realised I should have a log book when i came to sell my car a couple of weeks ago!!
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Old 31-01-2008, 09:53
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Blimey it's done!!
I checked on-line but the first page says I'd need my log book, so I stopped.
But as you go further in, it's requires the 16 digit reference *or* the MOT and log book.
Thanks to all you lovely people, I'll sleep well tonight, and go on the hunt for the log book tomorrow.
Phew...
I wouldn't sleep that well if I were you. Although you have taxed it, until you actually display the new disc you are committing an offence. Since the new disc will take a few days to arrive (probably up to 5-7) you are risking being reported by an eagle-eyed traffic warden or the like.
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Old 31-01-2008, 10:07
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I wouldn't sleep that well if I were you. Although you have taxed it, until you actually display the new disc you are committing an offence. Since the new disc will take a few days to arrive (probably up to 5-7) you are risking being reported by an eagle-eyed traffic warden or the like.
I did mine online and the new tax disc arrived 2 days later
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Old 31-01-2008, 11:22
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I wouldn't sleep that well if I were you. Although you have taxed it, until you actually display the new disc you are committing an offence. Since the new disc will take a few days to arrive (probably up to 5-7) you are risking being reported by an eagle-eyed traffic warden or the like.

Not exactly worth losing sleep over though is it? Reading these forums on the subject of car tax the last few days you would think its a crime on the same level as rape or murder... it almost makes me chuckle if it wasn't so sad that people get their knickers in such a twist over such a trivial thing.
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Old 31-01-2008, 14:31
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Not exactly worth losing sleep over though is it? Reading these forums on the subject of car tax the last few days you would think its a crime on the same level as rape or murder... it almost makes me chuckle if it wasn't so sad that people get their knickers in such a twist over such a trivial thing.
My knickers aren't twisted. Just letting the OP know that until the disc is displayed there is a possibility they may get pulled or reported.
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Old 31-01-2008, 14:33
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My knickers aren't twisted. Just letting the OP know that until the disc is displayed there is a possibility they may get pulled or reported.
I have nothing to add to the topic but just wanted to say my name is like yours
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Old 31-01-2008, 14:34
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But surely they can check online if the car is taxed or not? If so would they really get fined for not having it displayed because the disc hasn't arrived?
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Old 31-01-2008, 16:43
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It could happen. Not having it taxed and not displaying a valid tax disc are seperate offences. It's unlikely to be noticed except by an passing traffic warden or plod. So not parking on the street might be a good stategy. I've also heard that the DVLA send out vans roaming early in the morning of the first of the month to try to catch tardy drivers who are a bit slow changing the disc.
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Old 31-01-2008, 18:40
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It could happen. Not having it taxed and not displaying a valid tax disc are seperate offences. It's unlikely to be noticed except by an passing traffic warden or plod. So not parking on the street might be a good stategy. I've also heard that the DVLA send out vans roaming early in the morning of the first of the month to try to catch tardy drivers who are a bit slow changing the disc.
Thanks for all the advice - personally, I would take a dim view if I got done for not having a tax disc, even though it was paid for before the due date. If that was the case, they should tell you to pay online 5 days before the end of the month.
anyway,
the good news is that I phoned the garage where I had the MOT done, and they have the log book. they didn't want to put it in the post, as they didn't know me, and figured I'd turn up soon enough.
All's well that ends well.
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Old 31-01-2008, 19:37
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I wouldn't sleep that well if I were you. Although you have taxed it, until you actually display the new disc you are committing an offence. Since the new disc will take a few days to arrive (probably up to 5-7) you are risking being reported by an eagle-eyed traffic warden or the like.
If you get a ticket you need to provide proof of purchase dated before ticket within 7 days and the ticket would be cancelled.
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Old 31-01-2008, 20:27
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If you do want a new one, you just send DVLA 25 and fill in a form.

Blooming rip off if you ask me.
Just had to pay for one of those myself. Whilst I am annoyed at myself for losing the blooming thing, I can't see how they can possibly justify 25 for printing off something they have on file already.

Car tax online is brilliant. SO fast and beats all that end of the month post office queuing!
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Old 31-01-2008, 21:05
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It could happen. Not having it taxed and not displaying a valid tax disc are seperate offences. It's unlikely to be noticed except by an passing traffic warden or plod. So not parking on the street might be a good stategy.
Can you display the new one from the day you purchase it, or do you have to change it dot on midnight ?

I've also heard that the DVLA send out vans roaming early in the morning of the first of the month to try to catch tardy drivers who are a bit slow changing the disc.
They certainly do - I know there will be at least half a dozen yellow triangles down the street tomoz morning.
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Old 31-01-2008, 22:27
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You aren't going to be told - "No we won't let you tax it for 6 months cos you only have 2 weeks of insurance left".
Ermm, My friend was refused tax at the post office because he had only 2 weeks insurance left to run.
Went to another one that issues tax and they done it.
Suppose It all depends what mood the issuing officer is In.
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