Welcome to the DVLA notice payment system

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.

Who can clamp a vehicle

Only authorised bodies can wheel clamp a vehicle - these include:

  • the police
  • councils
  • DVLA
  • VOSA
  • bodies with statutory or other powers (e.g. airports or train stations)

Authorised bodies can also contract out clamping work to private companies.

It's illegal for a landowner to clamp a vehicle that's parked on private land in England, Wales and Scotland.

Getting your vehicle back if it's been wheel clamped

If your vehicle is wheel clamped because it's not taxed you'll need to pay a release fee and get vehicle tax.

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.

Wheel clamping for other reasons

Wheel clamps may be used by bailiffs if you have debts to your local council or have unpaid penalty charge notices.

In this case, contact your local council for more information.

Wheel clamping for unpaid vehicle tax

If your vehicle is untaxed it can be wheel clamped or instantly impounded.

If your vehicle is clamped and you don't pay for it to be de-clamped within 24 hours, it will be impounded. After 7 days at the pound, it can be destroyed.

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.

This payment can be made online by following this link.

You must get Vehicle Tax within 14 days and contact the vehicle pound on 0843 224 1999. 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 on 0843 224 1999. 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.

Pound locations can be found here.

Report Vehicle

Pay for Release

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