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Classic car tax exemption: what you need to know

Published 18 March 2015

(Updated for 2016)

Cars built before 1976 will qualify for free road tax from 1 April 2016, Chancellor George Osborne has announced.

To join this club of tax-free classics, all you have to do is prove your car was built (not registered) before January 1, 1976.

But don’t be fooled – this isn’t done automatically. If you’ve got a car that now qualifies for free Vehicle Excise Duty then you’ll have to do a bit of paperwork. We spoke to the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs to find out where to start.

Such a task can be overwhelming, but one thing is clear – apply immediately, rather than waiting until you current period of tax has expired.

There is some good news, though. If the vehicle was registered between 1-7 January, 1976, the DVLA will let you register it as a historic vehicle, based on the assumption that the vehicle would have been made in the previous year.

How to apply for the Historic Vehicle tax class

First of all, you’ll need to take the following documents will need to be taken to a motor tax post office.

  • The V5C Registration Certificate. In the change section, put the tax class as Historic Vehicle, and sign and date the V5C. (Ignore any legacy note relating to DVLA Local Office.)
  • A V10 Application for a Tax Disc. On the form indicate a tax class of Historic Vehicle. (Ignore any note relating to an insurance certificate requiring to be produced).
  • Valid MoT Certificate.

The post office will retain the V5C and post it onto DVLA in order for them to change the tax class to Historic Vehicle and issue a new V5C. Subsequent V11 Renewal Reminders should have the tax class of Historic Vehicle.

Top Tip

As with any official communication, we'd suggest you to make a photocopy of all documents that are sent to DVLA.


Getting a refund

Once the vehicle has been taxed as a Historic Vehicle, it will be possible to get a refund for each full calendar month left on the tax disc. Even better - there isn't a form to fill in. Since the tax disc was abolished in October 2014, a refund is automatically issued when you change your vehicle to an exempt tax class.

What to do if you’ve lost your V5C

Part of the process for claiming the Historic Vehicle tax class is that the V5C needs to be amended. If the V5C has been lost or mislaid then to get a replacement one it will be necessary to fill in a V62 form. This form is calledApplication for a Vehicle Registration Certificate. The current fee for a replacement V5C is £25.

What to do if the engine size on your V5C is wrong

The vast majority of tax classes are dependent on engine size/type. This means that when an engine change, or correction of the engine details, is notified to DVLA, there needs to be independent verification of the new engine details before DVLA will accept the change. The Historic Vehicle tax class is one of the few tax classes which is independent of engine size, so changes in engine size/type are not subject to independent verification by DVLA.

If the engine details on a 1973 vehicle are incorrect, it will be clerically simpler for the owner if the amended details are notified to DVLA on the new V5C that indicates the tax class of Historic Vehicle, seeing that no independent verification of engine size/type would then be required.

What to do if your vehicle is wrongly dated

If the year of manufacture needs correcting, then there should be contemporary documentary evidence, which should either be an extract from the manufacturer’s records, which indicates chassis numbers, or an extract from the appropriate Glass’s Check Book. The Glass’s Check Books come in three versions for cars, commercial vehicles, and motorcycles. The appropriate specialist vehicle club should be able to assist in providing a copy of the appropriate Glass’s Check Book, or extract from the manufacturers records, but they could well charge a fee for this service.

Note that a dating letter on its own will not be sufficient to get the year of manufacture corrected. There needs to be contemporary evidence, which will include a chassis number, or bandwidth of chassis numbers and dating information.

To correct the year of manufacture the documentary evidence and the V5C will need to be sent to DVLA. Only when the corrected V5C has been issued, will it be possible to go along to the Post Office with the newly issued V5C and claim the Historic Vehicle tax class.

Historic Vehicles – the small print

The existing usage criterion continues. This is the definition contained in the DVLA leaflet V355/1 called Notes about Taxation Classes. ‘All vehicles,except buses and goods vehicles used commerciallyare exempt from vehicle tax if they were constructed before 1/1/1975. See leaflet INF34.’If a bus or goods vehicle is used commercially, there is not an entitlement to apply for the Historic Vehicle tax class.

For more information

The DVLA information leaflet which explains about the Historic Vehicle tax class is leaflet INF34 that is calledTaxing Historic Vehicles. This will be revised by DVLA to reflect the changes being made. You can download this leaflet by clicking here, call 0300 790 6802 or




CaptainT    on 22 February 2016

The year quoted in the first two paragraphs is presently wrong. I have just tried (February 2016) to register my 2002 tii as historic (registered 10 March 1975) and been refused. To quote from the reply I got from the DVLA: .... legislation was also introduced to exempt vehicles manufactured prior to 1 Jan 1975 from the payment of VED. This came into force on 1 April 2015. The intention from HM Treasury is to introduce a legislative clause every year so that vehicles manufactured 40 years ago will become exempt from VED.

This means your vehicle may become eligible for the historic tax class from the 1 April 2016.

This is a little confusing as it appears the car was eligible from 1 January 2016 but it was not as the legislative clause will not become law until it appears 1 April 2016 (presuming that it will) and is then applied from 1 January 2016.

As with most things to do with Government it seems an incredibly cock-eyed way of doing it!

What really gets my goat is the fact it costs more to tax a nearly 40 year old car doing less than 2k miles per year than my XF 3.0l diesel.

jim clegg    on 9 March 2017

my owned-from-new 1977 Morgan 4/4 .......February to be exact .has not be included yet as a tax free vehicle. Any boby else with same problem...

Edited by _ORB_ on 19/10/2022 at 17:03

MPS    on 31 March 2017

I think you will find that from April 01st 2017, any car manufactured before 01/01/1977 will be able to be re-classed as historic. At present this is a rolling date, e.g from 01/04/2018 the date will move on to built before 01/01/1978

Sid corke    on 5 July 2017

Just taxed a little Honda 175 registered 12 February 1976 , today 5 july2017 did not expect to have to pay 41 pounds ! Am I wrong, or are they? Part two of this nightmare is that this bike which I obtained early June, had not been taxed or scorned since September 1984 ! Apparently as the now registered keeper I am responsible for this crime. Worried? I,ll say!

Mike Roberts Butler    on 3 August 2017

I have been refused at 2 Post Offices and by phoning the DVLA to apply "tax exempt" on my "Historic" vehicle first registered 1/8/77. So I don't qualify for a refund on my 12 month tax paid either.
I am informed I'll need to await the next tax year April 2018

Keith McLoughlin    on 23 August 2017

Will the 1960 MoT test exemption ever join the road tax rolling 40 year birthday present?

   on 12 September 2017

Sid Corke wrote:
"Part two of this nightmare is that this bike which I obtained early June, had not been taxed or scorned since September 1984 ! Apparently as the now registered keeper I am responsible for this"

I would suggest not. Sorn was not introduced until around 1998 (unsure of exact year but was late 90's)
Sorn was only applied to vehicles that were_taxed at date of its introduction.

Therefore the owner of a vehicle that has been untaxed since 1984 (and kept off of a public road) is not in breach of any law.
The change of ownership in April 2017 represents a grey area because since Sept 2014 it has been a legal requirement to tax (or sorn) a vehicle on change of ownership (tax remaining being automatically credited to the seller)

The law is possibly silent on this situation. IMHO it would be best to declare sorn ASAP with a covering note to explain circumstance. So far as I am aware penalties for "non sorn" accrue from date of 1st occorance - you may get away witrh it but possibly best not to let it drag on.

Peter D Beattie    on 14 October 2017

This year DVLA/VOSA have changed the rules again for those of us with 1960s vehicles. Presently my 1969 is Tax Exempt with an MoT certificate. But will I be able to re-register it for 1st of May 2018 WITHOUT an MoT that comes into force before the end of May 2018? Would I have to SORN it otherwise it could not be registered until 1st June 2018! My current MoT unfortunately ends 26th April 2018.

Peter Beattie

beryl gillingham    on 4 February 2018

well the practical classic magazine for February 2018 now states CARS OF THIRTY YEARS OF AGE WILL BE EXEMPT FROM M.O.T AND TAX. Do you think they are correct. I have emailed dvla no reply. I have emailed practical classics no reply

JAMES WILKES    on 18 February 2018

jim wilkes 18/02/18
my landrover is 41 years old in march 2018,when do,s it become tax free,can some let me now please,they even said i need a mot on my 1934 ford y lol.

   on 16 May 2018

What about a kit car that uses considerable parts from a 72 Beetle and is registered as a 72. It was built on 09. It has a 72 plate.

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My bike was imported into the U.K. in 2015 so the v5 shows a first registered date of 2015 but the bike is manufactured in 1982, there is a note on the front of the v5 stating “ was registered and/or used . Declared manufactured 1982” . Will this vehicle be tax/MOT exempt in 2022? Thanks.

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