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Is my 1978 car now tax free and how do I go about applying?

I have a Mk4 Ford Cortina registered in 1978. When is it tax free and how do I go about getting it registered as tax free?

Asked on 18 January 2019 by gordon franks

Answered by Keith Moody
The rolling system updates occur each April. For example, April 2019 will see it update to pre-1979 vehicles and so on. To reclassify car as an Historic Vehicle, go to Section 7 of your V5C and complete the Tax Class section, altering it to ‘historic’. Then sign and date the bottom of that page and take your V5C along to a VED-issuing Post Office, complete with a completed V10 car tax application form and your MoT certificate. The Post Office will issue your car tax free of charge (as a Historic Vehicle) and will send your V5C to the DVLA. You’ll then receive a replacement V5C in the post, plus a cheque for any unexpired (previously paid for) VED.
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