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 a valid tax disc.

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
  • show a valid tax disc

If you don't show a valid tax disc 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 show a valid tax disc at the vehicle pound within 14 days of the vehicle's release. Otherwise you'll lose the deposit.

If it's not taxed, your vehicle can be clamped or impounded again from 24 hours after the release - unless you make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) and store it off road.

Getting your vehicle released after 24 hours

You'll need to:

  • pay a £200 release fee
  • pay storage charges of £21 per day
  • show a valid tax disc

If you don't show a valid tax disc 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 show a valid tax disc at the vehicle pound within 14 days of the vehicle's release. Otherwise you'll lose the deposit.

If it's not taxed, your vehicle can be clamped or impounded again from 24 hours after the release - unless you make a SORN and store it off road.

Pound locations can be found here.

Report Vehicle

Pay for Release

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