Quick guide on declaring DVLA SORN in the UK

Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) was introduced by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) on 31 January 1998. It deals with off-road vehicles (vehicles not being used on public roads) and that don’t need vehicle tax. SORN applies to all vehicles in Great Britain registered on or after 1998. If you among those who "lay up" their cars for the winter (many of us), you are required to have the car insured (often a waste of money) unless the car has been formally declared off-road or DVLA SORN.

Declaring DVLA SORN

You can declare DVLA SORN online, at a post office branch or by phone. SORN declaration can be done if:

1. You want to keep your car off public roads and don’t want to renew your vehicle tax.

2. Your vehicle is off road already and you are applying for a vehicle tax refund.

3. You are the registered ower of an untaxed vehicle that you intend to keep off road.

4. You are renewing a previous DVLA SORN.

SORN declarations are valid for twelve months and must be renewed annually.

SORN online

Direct.gov website provides an online SORN service at gov.uk/register-sorn-statutory-off-road-notification. Visit the website and follow the four step directions provided to declare SORN online.

You will need the reference number shown on your V5C registration certificate, V11 or V85/1 reminder to complete the declaration online.

SORN by phone

Call the DVLA Customer Service Enquiries Helpline at 0300123 4321. You will need the reference number from your registration certificate or V11 reminder form to complete the declaration by phone.

SORN by post office

Carry your registration certificate or V11 reminder form to your vehicle licence-issuing Post Office branch. Show the documents at the Post Office and then take or send the documents to a DVLA local office for processing.

The address to post the V85/1 reminder is shown on the reminder form.

SORN in advance

You may also declare a DVLA SORN up to two months in advance. Simply fill a V890 SORN and add a letter explaining your reasons for making SORN so far in advance. Post the SORN together with your letter explaining the reasons for issuing a SORN in advance to DVLA, Swansea SA99 1AR.

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