Applying for a Statutory Off Road Notice (SORN)

Tell DVLA you’re taking your vehicle off the road, for example if you’re keeping it in a garage. This is sometimes called a ‘Statutory Off Road Notification’ (SORN).

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, 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.

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.
 

Options to make a SORN:

On-line: https://www.gov.uk/make-a-sorn

By phone: 0300 123 4321 (24-hour service)

By post: Send an application form (V890) to DVLA.

Include the day you want to take your vehicle off the road. It can be any day either:

  • this month or last month - you will not get a vehicle tax refund for past dates
  • next month or the month after - include a letter saying why you cannot send the form nearer the time

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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 is automatically cancelled when you tax your vehicle again or it’s sold, scrapped or permanently exported.

You don’t need to renew a SORN AND 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. You’ll get this within 6 weeks of making a SORN.
 

HGV VED/LEVY Refund Calculation

A refund can only be claimed for levies purchased through a registered account and aid to the original purchaser.

 

Refunds for whole unused months of an annual levy will be made on the basis of 1/10th of the full levy cost and can only be given for the first 9 months of a levy. This is because an annual levy is charged at a discounted rate.

 

Example A:

 

  • An annual levy is purchased to start on the 1st April 2019 for a Euro Class 6, Band G HGV for £900.00
  • A refund is claimed before 1st April 2019 and so no days are used.
  • A full refund of £900.00 will be made.

 

Example B:

  • An annual levy is purchased to start on the 1st April 2019 for the Euro Class 4, Band G HGV for £1,200.00
  • A refund is claimed on 3rd June 2019.
  • The refund would be calculated as follows Levy - (levy/10* used months) £1200.00 - (£1200.00/10*3) Refund = £840.00
     

Example C:

  • An annual levy is purchased on the 1st April 2019 for the Euro Class 6, Band G HGV for £900.00
  • A refund is claimed on 3rd December 2019.
  • The refund is rejected because refunds can only be given for the first 9 months of an annual levy.
  • Refunds for whole unused months of a levy other than an annual levy are made at the monthly rate.

 

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.