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Old 31-03-2008, 00:21
blade_922
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Hey,

My car tax runs out tomorrow midnight, so im going mad here looking for my insurance certificate. What happens if i cant find my insurance certificate to take to the post office tomorrow?

Can i get my insurance company to fax me a cover note so i can use that to get my car tax renewed?

What are my other options?

Ive looked at online, but then i wont recieve the tax disc for a few days and im pretty sure its illegal to drive without displaying the tax disc.
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Old 31-03-2008, 00:32
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They won't accept a faxed cover note. There has been some talk of e mailed cover notes being accepted but I'm not sure whether this has been confirmed yet.

If you buy your tax online, all you have to do is to enter your registration number and it will bring up details of your insurance cover, but I don't think they have that facility in the post office though.
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Old 31-03-2008, 00:34
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If you havent got a tax disc you shouldnt have your car on the road.

If you cant find your Ins cover note the quickest way is probably online. I did mine online last Tues around 4pm and it arrived on Thurs morning.
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Old 31-03-2008, 00:37
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Hey,

My car tax runs out tomorrow midnight, so im going mad here looking for my insurance certificate. What happens if i cant find my insurance certificate to take to the post office tomorrow?

Can i get my insurance company to fax me a cover note so i can use that to get my car tax renewed?

What are my other options?

Ive looked at online, but then i wont recieve the tax disc for a few days and im pretty sure its illegal to drive without displaying the tax disc.
Some insurance companies will email you a cover note, so that might be an option.

However, if you're fully integrated into the system, your insurance details will be logged on the central computer, you can buy your tax online and then just run the risk of being done for failure to display a current road fund licence, which won't even get to court, if the system works correctly..............

..............although there's no guarantee of that!
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Old 31-03-2008, 00:38
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You might be able to go to the DVLA office and you could ask them to check or get a faxed copy there, dont know if they will accept that?
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Old 31-03-2008, 00:46
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They won't accept a faxed cover note. There has been some talk of e mailed cover notes being accepted but I'm not sure whether this has been confirmed yet.
If you buy your tax online, all you have to do is to enter your registration number and it will bring up details of your insurance cover, but I don't think they have that facility in the post office though.
If it's printed out on a plain paper fax machine, there's no difference; I've been using emailed cover notes for years, because I print them out on a plain paper printer, same as the insurance companies do.
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Old 31-03-2008, 10:12
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In the good old days you could order by post and just stick a Tax in Post note in your window. If you order online the car is taxed and the disc in the post which any authorities can easily check.
Next time time don't leave it until the last minute.
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Old 31-03-2008, 10:25
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Hi Blade_922

Contact the DVLA as soon as possible on 0870 850 4444 and explain the situation to them. Alternatively, go on their website:-

http://www.vehiclelicence.gov.uk/Evl...eid=Contact+Us

What you don't want to do is incur their penalty for non-renewal, as long-term that will leave you rather stuck! You can renew online, by following the above link, but as your car tax is to lapse so soon, I suggest you speak to them.

I have only ever renewed at the Post Office and online, but if you renew over the telephone, it might be possible for you to arrange with the DVLA - at an additional cost - to have them post your tax disc by first class recorded delivery.
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Old 31-03-2008, 11:54
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if you pay for the tax disc online, it will give you an option to print off a temporary tax disc while yours in the post, so you can display this until you get the actual one in the post. hope this helps, good luck.
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Old 31-03-2008, 11:59
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Ive looked at online, but then i wont recieve the tax disc for a few days and im pretty sure its illegal to drive without displaying the tax disc.
My online tax disc took two days to arrive by post.

Although it is "illegal to drive without displaying the tax disc", any policeman who sees your car without a visible disc will first check with DVLA to see whether it has been taxed - and once he sees that it has been taxed, he won't pursue it (as it's always possible for your tax disc to have fallen off the windscreen, as the recent sunny weather has dried out the adhesive which keeps the tax disc holder attached to your windscreen).

Just make sure you leave your old tax disc, upside down (so only the back is visible) on your dashboard whenever you leave the car over the next couple of days. Then the copper will assume that the disc has peeled off the windscreen and turned over as it fell.

But don't make a habit of it.
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Old 31-03-2008, 12:02
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I thought if you order it online its still acceptable to drive, as you have paid for a tax disc the police will not bother.

Plus, dont you get something to print out and carry with you while the tax disc is in the post.
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Old 31-03-2008, 12:13
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Please remember that there is a separate offence from having an untaxed vehicle, which is failure to display a valid tax disc. Even if you've bought and paid for it, or it's fallen off or whatever, if it's not properly displayed you could be charged.

If the website allows you to print a temporary disc, that sounds like a good solution til the real things arrives. As others have said, mine arrived in about 2 days.
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Old 31-03-2008, 12:19
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Hi Andeh

I think there two offences are involved here. One is failure to display a valid tax disc and the other is failing to renew car tax; the only circumstance where you're entitled to not renew your car tax is when you've notified the DVLA that you're declaring it off the road. I personally wouldn't drive around without having a valid tax disc on display.
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Old 31-03-2008, 13:04
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Not sure how the rules sit, but in the old days, it was quite common for people to have a handwritten 'Tax In Post' up in their window.

Personally, I would renew online, and then stick your confirmation in your window. It would be a very harsh decision to do you for that...
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