How To Check If A Vehicle Has A SORN?

If you have a vehicle you don’t want to drive anymore, save the road tax and insurance premium by declaring it SORN. DVLA SORN check reveals the status of the car if you need to know if a vehicle has a SORN.

Here’s the full guide to how SORN declared to a vehicle and its importance.

What is SORN means?

SORN means Statutory Off-Road Notification. You have to apply with the DVLA to notify that you are putting the vehicle off the road. If you aren’t driving the car, then paying for tax and insurance is an extra expense.

Thus, declare SORN and keep the vehicle in a garage, driveway or private property.

Why & when would you SORN a vehicle?

People mostly keep the vehicle off the road for specific reasons. As you might have seen, the vehicle SORN rate is quite high during the pandemic period. Other than this, there are common reasons for declaring their vehicle SORN. It includes,

  • If the car is not taxed or uninsured
  • Intend to scrap your car
  • Plan to buy a car but decide to drive later
  • If your vehicle needs mechanical change or works on it
  • Before you go on vacation or leave

How to check if your vehicle is SORN?

There are three options to check the SORN status of the car. It includes:

Identify SORN through governmental portal

The easiest way to check if the vehicle is SORN is through the by providing the vehicle registration number. Once you declare SORN, it might take a minimum of five days to update the new records.

Additionally, you can keep track of the car tax status if needed.

Use to check if the vehicle is insured

Suppose the vehicle registered in the UK have to get registered with the Motor Insurance Database. You will receive an Insurance Advisory letter from the DVLA when you forget to insure your vehicle or declare the vehicle SORN. The letter informs you that you need to insure the car as soon as possible or accept the fixed penalty notice.

Track if the vehicle has valid insurance and check the SORN status through the askMID database.

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Yes, DVLA SORN check helps you to track the vehicle information easily. Find the detailed information regarding the vehicle and its history in a single click. The information includes MOT status, tax rates, carbon emission. When the report mentions the current tax status, then the vehicle isn’t declared SORN lastly.

The plus is by checking the vehicle details, you can keep stay alert from the high risky vehicle even it is for selling or buying a used car.

  • Seasonal use of the vehicle based on its condition.
  • Intend to keep the vehicle on a driveway, garage or private land for a certain period.

How to declare my car SORN?

When you are the registered owner of your vehicle, apply for the SORN any of this one.

  • Directly contact the DVLA at 0300 123 4321
  • Inform through the online portal (

Send the form to DVLA by post to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AR. This application might take a month to process. SORN activates once you receive the email or letter from the DVLA. Until you get off the road notification, check the vehicle tax status and if it’s insured.

Does it costly to SORN a car?

There is no charge for applying the vehicle SORN. However, when you lose or misplace the logbook, you have to apply for a logbook online before registering for SORN, and it might cost you £25. The logbook acts as evident as it holds the vehicle information and also needs a DVLA tax reminder letter for your application.

How long does a SORN last for my car?

Once SORN is registered, it will last forever until you plan to sell the car, back to the road (re-tax), export or scrap it. Hence, there are no renewals or update required. You can’t transfer your vehicle SORN to anyone.

You can find a brief explanation about how to unSORN a car? in our guide.

How Much Does It Cost To SORN A Car?

The DVLA does not charge you to apply for a SORN. However, if your logbook is lost or misplaced, you may have to apply for logbook online before you can register for SORN. The reason is you need to provide certain information from your logbook or the DVLA tax reminder letter for your application. The logbook may cost you £25.

How much will be a penalty for driving a SORN car?

When you are driving an untaxed vehicle, then it will come with an £80 fine. Driving a SORN car without a valid reason (driving it for the MOT test centre) will take you directly to the courtroom with a fine of up to £2,500. So, it is better to keep a SORN vehicle in your private property (garage, driveway, land, etc.). If the car is found on a street, you have to face the penalty.

Answering your questions

  1. Can I buy a car with a SORN status?
    If you buy a vehicle with SORN status made by the previous car owner, it will automatically expire when you purchase the car. You need to apply for tax and insure your car to bring the car back onto the road.

  2. Does SORN affect my insurance?
    If your vehicle met with an accident due to storm or bad weather conditions, but you declare your car SORN. Then, your vehicle won’t cover under your insurance claims. It’s better to keep the insurance even if you declare SORN.

  3. Can I drive a car with a SORN?
    No, once your vehicle is declared off the road you can’t drive it on public roads until you have taxed and insured your vehicle.