How to Check if a Vehicle is SORN

Written by Danny Collins
Last updated: January 26, 2024

If you’re wondering how to check if a vehicle has SORN, you’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, we’ll provide information on what SORN is and how to determine if a vehicle is registered as such. We’ll also provide tips on what to do if you believe a vehicle is being operated without the necessary SORN registration. Let’s get started!

What Is SORN?

SORN stands for Statutory Off Road Notification. If a vehicle is registered as SORN, it means that the owner has notified the DVLA that they do not intend to keep the vehicle on a public road. Vehicles that are registered as SORN must be kept off of public roads at all times – this includes parking on the street, driving on public roads, and so on. If a vehicle is found to be on a public road without the proper SORN registration, the owner maybe subject to fines and other penalties.

What Is The Reason You SORN Your Vehicle?

There are several reasons why someone might choose to SORN their vehicle. During the pandemic period, the vehicle SORN rate was certainly high. Other than this, there are several typical causes for declaring their automobile SORN. It includes things like:

  • The car is not insured or taxed
  • You’re selling the car or it’s being scrapped
  • The car is not roadworthy
  • It’s in for repairs 
  • You’re emigrating and can’t take the car with you

How To Check If A Vehicle Has SORN?

If you want to check whether a car has SORN or not, there are a few ways that you can do this:

#1. Identify SORN through the government portal:  

The first way you can check is by going onto the government portal. When on the site, go to ‘vehicle tax, SORN and vehicles exempt from vehicle tax’. Afterwards, select ‘check a vehicle’s SORN status’. You will need the car’s registration number as well as the make. 

Once you have input this information, the site will tell you whether the car is taxed, has to SORN or is exempt from vehicle tax. If the car has SORN, it will say ‘This vehicle is on a SORN’.

#2. Use to check if the vehicle is insured:

If you want to check if a car has SORN another way, you can go onto Consider an example of a vehicle registered in the United Kingdom that must be registered with the Motor Insurance Database. When you forget to insure your car or declare it SORN, you will get an Insurance Advisory letter from the DVLA. The letter informs you that you must immediately insure the automobile or accept a set fine. Track whether the vehicle has current insurance and checks the SORN status through askMID.

#3. Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA):

The last way you can check if a car has SORN is by going onto the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency website. Find out all you need to know about the car and its history in one click with our easy-to-use free vehicle check. The information includes an evaluation of the vehicle’s MOT status, tax rates, and carbon emissions. When the report says that the vehicle’s current tax status is unknown, it means it hasn’t been SORN for a long time.

The main benefit is that by checking the vehicle details, you may remain attentive to the high-risk automobile whether it’s for sale or purchase.

How To Declare A Vehicle As SORN?

If you want to declare your car as SORN, there are a few steps that you need to follow. First, you need to get a V11 form from the DVLA. You can do this by either visiting their website or ordering one through the post. Once you have the form, fill it out and send it back to the DVLA. It might take a month for this paperwork to go through.

Once the form has been processed, you will receive a confirmation letter in the post. This letter will confirm that your vehicle is now registered as SORN and you can keep it off of public roads. Once you get the letter or email from the DVLA, SORN becomes active. Check the tax status and if your vehicle is insured until you receive notification off the road.

Is It Expensive To SORN A Car?

No, it’s not expensive to SORN a car. You don’t need to pay for vehicle tax or insurance when your car is on a SORN. The only time you will need to pay is if you want to put your car back on the road. When you do this, you will need to pay for both vehicle tax and insurance.

You can cancel your SORN at any time and there is no fee to do so. If you want to put your car back on the road, you will need to pay for both vehicle tax and insurance. You can also declare a SORN for a new car if you’ve just bought it and it’s not taxed yet.

However, if you misplace or lose the logbook, you must apply for a new one before registering for SORN and it might cost £25. The logbook serves as proof of ownership by storing vehicle information as well as a DVLA tax reminder letter.

Is There A Penalty for Driving SORN Car?

Yes, there is a penalty for driving SORN car. If you’re caught driving a car that’s on a SORN, you can be fined up to £2500 and get points on your license. The police can also seize and destroy the vehicle.

The best way to avoid this is by making sure that your car is off the road and stored in a garage or on private property. If you need to move the car, you can do so by getting it towed or using a trailer. You should also notify the DVLA if you plan on taking your car out of the country for more than 48 hours.