As long as you have applied it should not really matter.
Its DVLA who actually take action and even if someone tries to stick you on, the DVLA deal subsequently.
I'm not sure that they'd do a great deal if they already have your money and just not got the disk with you.
Tax disks are a bit of a throwback to the dark days without computers when it was the only way of showing you had paid your rent.
You can't seize an untaxed vehicle until 28 clear days have elapsed since the date of liabilty, ie 29th of the following month.
This page will allow you check what the DVLA has recorded for your vehicle http://www.taxdisc.d...k/EvlPortalApp/
Select "Vehicle Enquiry".
Apart from the 28 day rule, I thought that it also said that no action at all to be taken until 14 days had elapsed.
I'd keep the email from the online purchase and just crack on and drive.
Edited by HP99, 03 September 2011 - 12:14 PM.