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UK Registered Vehicles

Every vehicle registered in the United Kingdom (UK) must be taxed if used or kept on a public road. If the vehicle is kept off-road it must either be taxed or have a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) in force. If not it could be wheelclamped or removed.

For untaxed vehicles, there is no requirement to go to a police station.

Instead the owner should attend the relevant duty garage and comply with the DVLA release procedure which requires:

  1. The owner to produce documentation for the vehicle. If the V5C registration document is not in the new keepers name, they must complete a V62 new keeper notification and pay a £25 charge for that part of the process.
  2. Produce evidence that there is now tax in place or pay a £160 surety fee which can be reclaimed if the vehicle is taxed within 28 days.
  3. Pay a recovery fee to the vehicle recovery operator. These are fees set by the DVLA which are as follows:

Getting your vehicle released within 24 hours

To get your vehicle released you'll need to:

  • pay a £100 release fee
  • get vehicle tax

If you don't get vehicle tax when you collect your vehicle, you'll also have to pay a 'surety' (deposit). This is £160 for a car or motorcycle and up to £700 for other vehicles.

You must get vehicle tax within 14 days and contact the vehicle pound. After this period, you will lose the surety fee.

Please note: If you purchased tax at the Post Office, please allow 5 working days before contacting the vehicle pound to claim your surety refund.

If the vehicle isn't covered by valid vehicle tax or SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) after its release, it could be immobilised again after 24hrs.

Getting your vehicle released after 24 hours

You'll need to:

  • pay a £200 release fee
  • pay storage charges of £21 per day
  • get vehicle tax

If you don't get vehicle tax when you collect your vehicle, you'll also need to pay a 'surety' (deposit). This is £160 for a car or motorcycle and up to £700 for other vehicles.

You cannot use the online service for payment once the vehicle has been impounded.

You must get vehicle tax within 14 days and contact the vehicle pound to reclaim the surety fee. After this period, you will lose the surety fee

Please note: If you purchased tax at the Post Office, please allow 5 working days before contacting the vehicle pound to claim your surety refund.

If the vehicle isn't covered by valid vehicle tax or SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) after its release, it could be immobilised again after 24hrs.

What happens if you don't pay

If you're registered as the vehicle's keeper, you'll get a letter saying your vehicle has been impounded and will be disposed of unless you pay all the fees.

You could also face prosecution with fines of up to £1,000 as well as paying any arrears of vehicle tax owed and costs.

Unclaimed vehicles could be disposed of or sold after 7 days, or 14 days for more valuable vehicles.