Registered car owners in the UK who wish to keep their car off the road must make a SORN (Statutory off Road Notification) declaration. By law, registered car owners must inform DVLA when they do not re-licence a vehicle in their possession because they wish to keep it off the road. Once you have declared SORN, the declaration will be valid for 12 months unless you choose to re-licence, sell, export or scrap the vehicle before the SORN expiration date. Car owners have several options available to them and can declare SORN online, over the phone at a Post Office® or when applying for a refund of road tax from the DVLA.
Declare SORN Online
To declare your vehicle SORN online, you must use the reference number that is shown on your Vehicle Registration Certificate (V11 or V85/1) also known as your Vehicle’s Logbook. If you do not have the reminder, enter the Vehicle Registration Mark (more commonly known as the number plate) as well as the Document Reference Number, which can be found on the front of the Vehicle Registration Certificate (Logbook). Then follow the four step process of declaring SORN online. DVLA will send out a confirmation letter to the registered keeper within 4 weeks. Once a vehicle has been declared SORN, you are agreeing not to drive the vehicle on public roads.
Declare SORN Via Post/ in Person
Another convenient way to declare SORN is by taking your road tax reminder (V11 or V85/1 to a licence-issuing Post Office®. Show the V11 at the Post Office® and take the V85/1 to a DVLA local office for processing.
Declare SORN Over the Phone
The registered keeper of the vehicle can declare SORN over the phone by calling the DVLA Customer Service Enquiries Helpline directly at 0870 850 4444. Be prepared by having the Vehicle Registration Certificate (V5C) or the Vehicle Tax Renewal Reminder (V11 or V85/1). If you are not the registered keeper of the vehicle, you will not be able to declare SORN on someone else’s behalf.
Declare SORN when Moving Abroad
If you plan on moving abroad, you can declare SORN up to eight weeks before you leave the UK by submitting a completed Form V890 with a covering letter to DVLA explaining that you will be abroad when the vehicle’s tax disc expires. Send Form V890 to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AR.
The registered owner of a vehicle that will be declared SORN must fill in the necessary SORN declaration online, through the post or over the phone and ensure that the car is kept off the road until the car is re-licenced, sold or scrapped.