Need to tax your car? Do it online or at the post office

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From the end of today all motor tax offices in Northern Ireland will be closed and people must either tax their vehicles online or at the post office.

The Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) said from Monday, July 21 people will be able to tax or register their vehicles online.

Those who are unable to do so online will still be able to do so at the post office.

DVLA in Swansea officially takes over full responsibility for all vehicle licensing services from Monday.

Therefore, if people want to tax a car tomorrow, the handover period of data to Swansea, they will need to go to the post office.

A leaflet explaining the new system has been issued with all car tax reminders from July 5.

The DVA’s other functions such as driver licensing, driver and vehicle testing, bus and taxi licensing and roadside compliance checks, are not affected by the transfer of vehicle licensing to Swansea.

The identity-checking service for applicants for driving licences, currently provided at motor tax offices, will be available from Monday at Driver Licensing HQ, County Hall, Coleraine, and at the following test centres: Armagh, Ballymena, Belfast, Downpatrick, Enniskillen, Londonderry and Omagh.

The biggest change is that you will no longer be able to tax or register vehicles at DVA offices in Northern Ireland either face-to-face, by telephone or by post.

The changes to services will include access to DVLA’s online vehicle tax service which will allow motorists to tax a vehicle or declare their vehicle off the road 24 hours a day, seven days a week online.

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