How do I declare my car off the road?
You can file a SORN
online for free if you're the registered owner of the car.
You'll need some information from your vehicle log book or vehicle tax reminder letter before you get started.
You can also call the DVLA on 0300 123 4321. This is a 24 hour service.
If you're not the registered keeper of the vehicle, you'll need to apply for a SORN by post using the V890 form
Once the SORN is in place, there's no need to renew it. It will stay in place until you tax or sell the car.
Be aware that a SORN isn't transferable. If you buy a car that's already declared as off road, you'll need to declare the SORN again as the registered keeper of the vehicle.
What if I don't declare a SORN and I don't have car tax or insurance?
If your car isn't taxed or insured and you haven't declared it as off road, you'll automatically be fined £80 for not having a SORN.
If you haven't declared your car as off road, it needs to be taxed and insured (and have passed its MOT) before you can take it on a public road. If your car isn't insured and you haven't declared it as off road, you will be sent an Insurance Advisory Letter.
This letter explains you need to insure your car
or declare a SORN, otherwise you'll be sent a fixed penalty notice for £100.
What happens to any outstanding car tax and insurance?
If you declare your car as off road, then you don't need to tax or insure it. You can get a refund
from the DVLA if you have any full months of remaining tax.
And with LV=, as long as you haven't made a claim, we'll refund any money you've paid for your car insurance, less a charge for the cover you've had and a cancellation fee of £40.