to tell DVLA your vehicle is off road (SORN)
as the vehicle keeper you keep your vehicle off the public road
because it is untaxed, you must tell the Driver and Vehicle Licensing
Agency (DVLA) immediately. This is known as statutory off road notification
only need to declare SORN for a vehicle that had a tax in force
on or after 31 January 1998. There is no charge for declaring SORN.
you need to do
can make a SORN declaration from the 15th day of the month in which
the vehicle tax or SORN declaration expires. Do not declare SORN
if you have sold, scrapped, exported the vehicle or if the vehicle
has been stolen.
can declare SORN :
your vehicle tax renewal reminder V11 or V85/1 to do this. The
V11 should be taken to a licence issuing Post Office® branch.
The V85/1 should be taken to a DVLA local office. Do not post
either to DVLA, Swansea
contacting DVLA customer enquiries on 0870 850 4444. Please note
it is only the person shown as the registered keeper on DVLAs
records who can make a SORN declaration by telephone
you take the vehicle off the road and claim a refund of duty on
your vehicle tax (tax disc) on form V14 or V33. However, you should
only do this if you keep the vehicle
you do not have a V11 or V85/1 and you are not applying for a
refund of duty you can use form V890
you are abroad and your vehicle is in the United Kingdom and is
not being used or kept on the public road, it is possible for
you to declare SORN eight weeks in advance. You should use form
V890 accompanied by a letter of explanation detailing the registered
keeper is or will be out of the county on expiry of the current
tax disc. Send the form and letter to DVLA Swansea SA99 1AR
V14 or V890 can be obtained by download from the vehicle forms link
below or from any licence issuing Post Office® branch, or DVLA local
office. Form V33 is available from a DVLA local office.
you have made a SORN declaration you will be sent an acknowledgement
letter within four weeks confirming the date you have taken the
vehicle off the road. If you do not receive the acknowledgement
letter after four weeks you must immediately contact DVLA customer
enquiries group on 0870 240 0010.
What will happen
if you do nothing?
keeper who does nothing on receipt of a V11 or V85/1 may be liable
to prosecution as will a vehicle keeper who declares SORN, but is
then found to be using the vehicle on the road.
to renew a SORN declaration
declarations are valid for 12 months and must be renewed, if the
vehicle is kept off the road for a further period. SORN can be renewed
by completing the V11, V85/1 or if these are not available a V890
SORN form can be used and is available for download from the vehicle
forms link above.
a new vehicle off road
keeper of a new vehicle must also make a SORN declaration if they are
going to keep the vehicle off the road untaxed. This can be done
on the form V890 mentioned above.
can an untaxed vehicle be used on a public road?
untaxed vehicle cannot be used of kept on a public road.
is one exception:
can drive an untaxed vehicle on a public road to and from a pre-arranged:
approved vehicle weight testing station which covers design weight
certificate or plated revenue weight