SORN allows you to take your car ‘off the road’ and stop paying the tax and insurance.
You must make a SORN in any of these circumstances:
- Your car isn’t taxed.
- Your car isn’t insured.
- You buy or receive a vehicle and want to keep it off the road. (you can’t transfer a SORN from the previous keeper).
Make a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) online
You can make a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) online if you are registered as the vehicle’s keeper.
You’ll need the reference number on your V5C registration certificate, V11 or V85/1 reminder form.
What happens if I don’t have SORN?
You must have insurance and vehicle tax if you don’t have a SORN.
You will automatically be fined £80 for not having a SORN. There’s also a fine for having an uninsured vehicle.
Check vehicles SORN status
You can check a vehicle’s SORN status online.
Do I get a vehicle tax refund if I make a SORN?
After you have SORN, You’ll get any vehicle tax refund due for any full remaining months within six weeks of making a SORN.
Can I drive the vehicle without SORN?
With a SORN you can drive to or from an MOT test, drive for any other reason, and you face prosecution and a fine up to £2500.
Driving without insurance
The UK has one of the worst records in Western Europe for uninsured driving with an estimated one in every twenty cars driven without insurance.
What is Continuous Insurance Enforcement?
CIE makes it an offence to own a vehicle without it being insured.
You can’t afford to let your insurance lapse, and you must have new insurance in place from the day your existing policy ends.
The only exemption from CIE being if you complete a SORN for your vehicle.
How do they check if the car has insurance?
The Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) makes regular comparisons between the Driver and Vehicle records held by the DVLA and the files on the Motor Insurance Database (MID).
If they suspect you are the registered keeper of a vehicle without insurance or SORN, you will receive an Insurance Advisory Letter telling you that your car appears to be uninsured and a warning that you get a fine unless you take out insurance.
If the keeper fails to comply with the advice set out in the letter, they will face:
- A fixed penalty notice of £100.
- The vehicle being clamped, impounded or destroyed.
- A court prosecution with a maximum fine of £1,000.
Check that your vehicle has valid insurance
You can check your car has a valid insurance policy on the Motor Insurance Database by using the FREE service.