You can register for VAT online through creating a VAT online account (also known as the 'Government Gateway' account). You'll need your online account to submit your VAT returns.
Most businesses are able to register for VAT online. Do note that if you don't have a Government Gateway ID, you'll need to create a Government Gateway account first.
If you aren't able to register online, you can complete your registration by post. Use:
- Form VAT1 if you want to apply for a ‘registration exception’, are joining the Agricultural Flat Rate Scheme or are registering the divisions or business units of a body corporate under separate VAT numbers
- VAT1A if you’re an EU business ‘distance selling’ to Northern Ireland
- VAT1B if you import (‘acquire’) goods into Northern Ireland worth more than £85,000 from an EU country
- VAT1C if you’re disposing of assets on which 8th or 13th Directive refunds have been claimed
Check this VAT Registration Guide