(EDIT, 2015 – following a rejig of the DVLA payment systems, you can no longer pay with Amex.)
Reader Dan dropped me a note to say that he had just renewed his car tax, and was pleasantly surprised to see that the DVLA website is now accepting American Express for payment. This is quite rare for a Government department.
I had a dig around, and it seems that this has been possible for at least six months. However, as you only renew your tax once a year you might not have come across it yet.
There is a £2.50 fee for paying by Amex. If you have a low-emission car then you might find that the £2.50 fee is not worth it, unless you have a spend target to meet on a new American Express card. Once you get into the £200 range, though, it is tempting to pay the fee – especially with a BA Premium Plus Amex, at 1.5 Avios per £1.
You may also want to think about timing your next Amex card application to fit in with your next car tax payment. After all, a £200 charge makes a big dint in the minimum spend required to hit a sign-up bonus. As a reminder, the spend targets on the main Amex-issued cards are: