When you need to make a SORN
You need to make a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) when you take a vehicle ‘off the road’ and you want to stop taxing and insuring it.
Your vehicle is off the road if you don’t keep or use it on a public road, for example if it’s in a garage, on a drive or on private land.
You must make a SORN in any of the following situations:
- your vehicle isn’t taxed
- your vehicle isn’t insured (even for a short time, for example because there’s a delay renewing your policy)
- you want to break a vehicle down for parts before you scrap it
- you buy or receive a vehicle and want to keep it off the road (you can’t transfer a SORN from the previous keeper)
You don’t need to make a SORN if you’ve been sent a V11 reminder letter for a vehicle you’ve already sold. You’ll receive confirmation that you no longer have the vehicle within 4 weeks of telling DVLA you’ve sold it.
Check a SORN
You can check a vehicle’s SORN status online.
Making a SORN
When a SORN starts and ends
When a SORN starts depends on how you apply for it - your SORN will start:
- immediately if you use your V5C reference to apply online or by phone
- on the first day of the next month if you use your V11 reference to apply online or by phone
- on the date you put on the form if you apply by post
You don’t need to renew a SORN.
Your vehicle must stay in the UK for your SORN to be valid. Find out what you need to do if you’re taking a vehicle out of the UK.
After you make a SORN
You’ll automatically get a vehicle tax refund for any full remaining months. You’ll get this within 6 weeks of making a SORN.
When you can drive your vehicle
You can only drive a vehicle with a SORN on a public road to go to or from a pre-booked MOT or other testing appointment. You face court prosecution and a fine of up to £2,500 if you use it on the road for any other reason.