You can do this online, by phone, at a Post Office® branch or when you apply for a refund of vehicle tax. You should receive your acknowledgement letter within four weeks. If you do not receive this please contact DVLA.
You can make a SORN:
Use the reference number shown on your registration certificate, V11 or V85/1 reminder form and declare your vehicle off road.
Call 0300 123 4321 – use the reference number shown on your registration certificate or V11 reminder form.
At a Post Office® branch with your V11 reminder
Use the V11 reminder in person at any Post Office® branch that issues tax discs or by post to the address shown on the reminder form.
With your V85/1 ‘HGV reminder’
You can take or send your V85/1 reminder to a DVLA local office.
By post without a reminder
Fill in the application form V890 ‘Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)’ and post to DVLA, Swansea SA99 1AR.
The V890 form is also available from any Post Office® branch that issues tax discs.
When applying for a refund
If you are applying for a refund of vehicle tax because you are keeping the vehicle off the road you must make a SORN on the refund application form.
In advance – SORN or vehicle tax due to expire while you’re abroad
You can make a SORN up to two calendar months in advance. The vehicle must remain in Great Britain. Complete a V890 ‘Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)’ together with a letter explaining why you’re applying so far in advance and post them to DVLA, Swansea SA99 1AR.
Alternatively, you can make a SORN online or by phone at the time it’s due or get someone to post your SORN application to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AR on your behalf while you’re abroad.
Buying a vehicle that has a SORN
If you buy a vehicle that already has a SORN made by the previous keeper, that SORN will come to an end on the date you buy the vehicle. You must make a new SORN if you are keeping the vehicle untaxed off the public road. You cannot transfer a SORN.
Not yet registered as the vehicle keeper
If the vehicle isn’t already registered in your name, you must submit the registration certificate (your details completed in section six) with a completed V890 SORN application form. If you don’t have the certificate, you must complete Form V62 ‘Application for a Registration Certificate (V5C)’ instead.
The V62 form is also available from any Post Office® branch.
How to tax if your vehicle has a SORN
If you are putting the vehicle back on the road, you can tax your vehicle at any time using your V5C registration certificate. You can do this online, by phone, at the Post Office® or at a DVLA local office
What happens next
DVLA should send you a letter confirming your SORN. If you don’t receive the letter after four weeks of making SORN, you should contact DVLA customer enquiries immediately on 0300 790 6802 (if you have made a SORN in advance you should wait 4 weeks after the expiry of previous tax or SORN).