- SORNing your car only takes a few minutes online.
- If you car is not taxed or insured, and off the road, you need to SORN it.
- Statutory Off Road Notifcation (SORN) is a legal requirement in the UK.
How to SORN a car
If you’re looking to declare your car off the road, we explain how to make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) with the DVLA.
If your car is not being used on the roads – and you no longer need to pay road tax or have insurance – you need to SORN your car.
Declaring a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) is a legal requirement, so you need to make sure you do it properly, to avoid getting fined.
SORNing your car is easy to do, and it will only take you a couple of minutes on the DVLA website.
You need the car’s registration number, and make and model info, along with the 11-digit reference from the car’s V5C logbook, or the 16-digit reference number from the V11 car tax renewal reminder.
If you don’t want to SORN your car online, you can do it by post – you’ll need form V890, which you can pick up from the Post Office – or over the phone by calling 0300 123 4321.
The DVLA knows when your road tax has expired, and it can also cross-reference that information to see if you’re properly insured. If you’re not, and haven’t SORNed your car, you’ll get a warning letter – although you shouldn’t wait until this point, and the DVLA don't have to send you a letter.
If you don’t SORN your car after the letter, you’ll get an £80 fine if your road tax has expired, and a £100 fine if you’re not insured.
If you keep ignoring it, you’ll have to go to court and could get fined up to £1,000 – plus costs – for tax or insurance.
If you’re driving an untaxed or uninsured car around, you’re also liable to police prosecution and a fine of up to £2,500, so just don’t do it.
You’ll also need to SORN your car if you buy it and don’t tax and insure it straight away (remember tax doesn’t transfer to a car’s new owner any more), if you buy a car that’s already been SORNed by the previous owner (although it doesn’t expire, they’re non-transferable, so you'll need to SORN it yourself), or if you scrap your car.
A SORN declaration doesn’t run out, so it’ll keep going until you tax the car again, when it will be automatically cancelled.
If the car’s been off the road for a long time, and you want to get it back on the road, you’ll most likely need to book in an MOT. You can drive your car untaxed to or from a pre-booked MOT, but then you’ll need to get it taxed again.