The headline says it all really, but it's not quite as simple as that as the DVLA themselves seem to be confused. So if you ring their helpline they might not give you the right answer, as it seems that most people who have done that have received the wrong information and have a few have paid (unnecessarily) to have their Nippi MOT'd
If you receive a V11 renewal reminder you will be unable to renew you vehicle tax on-line or over the phone as both systems are automated and have no provision for coping with a vehicle that does not require an MOT.
Your V11 will have the address of your nearest Post Office (or tax office) where you can renew your vehicle tax printed in the yellow area near the top of the form.
To renew you will need:
Your V11 Reminder
A valid insurance certificate or cover note
Form V112 tax exemption declaration (see more below)
Cash, cheque or debit card (the PO don't take Credit Cards)
About the V112 Declaration of exemption from MoT testing
To download a copy of the V112 you can either go to the DirectGov website entitled "do it online" and find the link to the form there. The name is a bit misleading, because of course you can't do it online!
The form itself it fairly simple but it's important that you note the categories on page two. As when you fill in Part 2 (on page 3) you need to write the letter 'E' in the box and sign the declaration opposite.
When you take the form to the Post Office also include page 2 even though it is only an information page. Why? Because its unlikely that the Post Office where you get your tax has ever seen one before.
If you get stuck please speak Julie at Nippi Vehicles, 01283 520620. You could email me, but seeing as I got most my information from her it might be more useful!
Some Common Sense Stuff
Its worth remembering that even without need an MOT, its still important to keep you Nippi in a good roadworthy condition.
In fact it could be argued that with no MOT test its even more important to make sure that you Nippi is checked and serviced regularly by a competent mechanic for your own safety.
Its also important to remember that just like every other biker in the UK the Police can pull you over and inspect your Nippi at any time if they suspect your Nippi is not roadworthy under the Road Traffic Act 1988.
Though I got pulled over a couple of weeks ago just because the wanted to have a look, "they had never seen one before" (that does get to be repetitive after a time).
For more about this please see this article from Bikers Advice.
Thanks to Julie at Nippi Vehicles for providing help in getting this article together. Bikers Advice for their article. And finally, the DVLA for wasting my time for more than two hours yesterday!
Dave 'The Mechanic" has just reminded me that if you have an tax exemption certificate you can also get a free tax disc. However (as I understand it) if you also hire or own a lease car vehicle through Motability then you are better off using it to pay Car Tax. Some people do find its just easier to pay the £15 then mess about trying to get another exemption certification.
If you have bothered (or succeeded) in getting both a tax exemption certificate and a V112, please let me know and add I will add yet more to this post!