The paper tax disc was no longer needed to be displayed on a vehicle from October 2014. Some vehicle owners may still have a tax disc with months left to run, but after the end date, it can be removed from the vehicle and destroyed.
You can apply online to tax or SORN your vehicle using your 16 digit reference number from your vehicle tax renewal reminder (V11 or V85/1) or 11 digit reference number from your vehicle log book.
To drive or keep a vehicle on the road, vehicle owners will still need to get vehicle tax and the DVLA will still send you a V11 or V85/1 renewal reminder when your vehicle tax is due to expire. This applies to all types of vehicles including those that are exempt from payment of vehicle tax or have a nil rate of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED).
If you are unsure if your vehicle is taxed, visit the following website to check https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax