1. Overview

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, eg 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, eg there’s a delay renewing your policy)
  • you want to break a vehicle down for parts before you scrap it
  • you buy 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 must insure and tax your vehicle if you don’t have a SORN. If you don’t, you’ll automatically be fined £80 for not having a SORN. There’s also a fine for having an uninsured vehicle.

Check a SORN

You can check a vehicle’s SORN status online.

Making a SORN

You can make a SORN online, by phone or by post.

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

Your SORN lasts until you tax your vehicle again or it’s sold, scrapped or permanently exported. You don’t need to do anything to renew or remove a SORN.

Your vehicle must stay in the UK for your SORN to be valid.

After you make a SORN

You’ll automatically get a vehicle tax refund for any full remaining months after you make 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.