A SORN -- Statutory Off Road Notification -- applies to vehicles while they are in storage or out of action and not used on the road. It's an offence to drive or park an untaxed vehicle on a public road. Even if it's stored in an off-road location, the vehicle must still be taxed unless a SORN has been declared to the government's Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
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Log in to the DVLA's online portal from the UK government website (link in Resources) and enter the 16-digit reference number from the V11 reminder form or the 11-digit reference number from the V5 vehicle registration form along with the car's registration number.
Accept the conditions by clicking "Next."
Select "Declare a SORN" from the options available.
Click "Submit" to complete the declaration.
Declare a SORN online
Check the SORN declaration box on the V11 form.
Find a UK Post Office that issues tax discs. Use the Post Office finder portal to do this.
Hand in the signed V11 form at the Post Office counter.
Delare a SORN in person
Download the Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)' fom V890 from the DVLA website or pick one up at the Post Office.
Complete V890 section 1 "Vehicle Details" using the information from the vehicle registration certificate.
Complete V890 section 2 "Your Details." This must match those of the keeper on the vehicle registration certificate
Sign the V890 form and post it to the DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AR.
Declare a SORN by post
Tips and warnings
- There's no electronic acknowledgement of a SORN declaration. Written confirmation is sent to the keeper's registered address. A vehicle registration document cannot be used at a Post Office.
- A SORN cannot be declared if the vehicle has been sold. Although liability insurance is not required once off-road, you should maintain fire and theft coverage.
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