Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN): What does it mean?

A declaration to the DVLA that your car is off the road and not being used, meaning you don't have to pay road tax.

Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN): The long answer

In the UK, a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) is a legal requirement for drivers who own a vehicle but do not intend to use it on public roads. When a vehicle is declared SORN, it means that it is not taxed, insured, or legally allowed to be driven on the road.

To declare a vehicle as SORN, UK drivers must inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) about their intention to keep the vehicle off the road. This can be done either online or by mail, and a SORN certificate is issued as proof of the declaration.

By declaring a vehicle as SORN, drivers can avoid paying road tax and insurance costs for the period it remains off the road. However, it is important to note that the vehicle must be kept on private property, such as a driveway or garage, during this time. It is illegal to drive or park a SORNed vehicle on public roads unless it is being taken to a pre-booked MOT test or for repairs.

Drivers often choose to SORN their vehicles if they are not using them for an extended period, such as during the winter months or if the vehicle is undergoing restoration. It is a way to legally and temporarily remove the obligations and costs associated with keeping a vehicle roadworthy.