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Disc colours relate to the expiry date - not the issue date shown on the rubber stamp

The Evolution of the Tax Disc

1920

1921

1922

1923

1924

1925**

1926

1927

1928

1929


1930

1931

1932

1933

1934

1935

1936

1937

1938

1939*


1940*

1941*

1942*

1943*

1944*

1945*

1946

1947

1948

1949


1950

1951

1952

1953

1954

1955

1956

1957

1958

1959


1960

1961

1962

1963

1964

1965

1966

1967

1968

1969

Discs not in use

No colour

No colour

Vertical green stripe

Vertical red stripe

Vertical green stripe**

Vertical orange stripe

Vertical blue stripe

Vertical red stripe

Vertical green stripe


Vertical orange stripe

Vertical blue stripe

Horizontal red stripe

Horizontal green stripe

Horizontal orange stripe

Red cross

Green cross

Orange cross

Diagonal red stripe

Diagonal green stripe


Diagonal red stripe

Vertical red stripe

Vertical green stripe

Vertical orange stripe

Horizontal red stripe

Horizontal green stripe

Horizontal orange stripe

Red cross

Green cross

Orange cross


Diagonal red stripe

Diagonal green stripe

Diagonal orange stripe

Vertical red stripe

Vertical blue stripe

Vertical orange stripe

Vertical green stripe

Red

Blue

Orange


Green

Blue

Brown

Green

Red

Blue

Brown

Green

Red

Blue

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979


1980

1981

1982

1983*

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989


1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999


2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009


2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Brown

Green

Red

Blue

Brown

Green

Red

Blue

Brown (Styles 3 & 4 used)

Green


Red

Blue

Brown

Green

Red

Blue

Brown

Purple

Red

Blue


Purple

Green

Red

Blue

Purple

Green

Red

Blue

Purple

Red


Blue

Purple

Red

Blue

Purple

Red

Blue

Purple

Red

Blue


Purple

Red

Blue

Purple

Red

Blue

** 1925

The only year discs were used for adverts.

The reverse of the disc was used for this purpose.

* Up to 1983 the classification for cars was "Private". From 1983 it became "PLG". However, 1983 was the crossover year and both "Private" and "PLG" were used.

D I S C L A I M E R   The data on this page may contain inaccuracies and errors and should act as a guide only. If it is critical for you to have verified data on your discs please validate this from the DVLA direct, or some other trusted source. We regret that we are unable to carry out extensive data searches on our clients behalf.  

Style 1 1921-1956 Disc Colours Available Red Blue Northern Ireland Discs Style 2 1957-1960 Style 3 1961-1977 Style 4 1978 -1986 Style 5 1987 -1992 Style 6 1993 - 2004 Style 7 2005 - 2020

“Farmers” Discs

Used For Agricultural Vehicles

*Temporary Driving Permits Used During War Years

WW ll Style A    1939 - 1945 WW ll Style C    1939 - 1945 NI Style 1 1921 - 1960 NI Style 3 1961 - 1977 NI Style 6 1993 - 2004 F Style 1    1921 - 1956 F Style 2    1957 - 1960