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How to make a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification)

If you’re the registered keeper of an untaxed vehicle that is kept off the road you must make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). Your SORN will remain in force until your vehicle is either taxed, sold, permanently exported or scrapped.

Ways to make a SORN

You can make a SORN in person or by post using a V10b(NI), V11(NI) or V11b(NI) (if you have received one of these forms) at any DVA local office or by posting to:

DVA
Coleraine County Hall
Castlerock Road
Waterside
Coleraine
BT51 3TA

You can also make a SORN in person at Post Office branches that issues tax discs with your V11(NI) reminder.

If you have not received a reminder form you can fill in the V15(NI) application form 'Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)' at any DVA local office or by posting it to DVA at the address above.

If you have received a V13 (NI) Heavy Goods vehicle (HGV) reminder you can take it to a DVA local office or post it to the DVA at the address above.

When applying for a refund or returning a nil value disc

When applying for a refund or returning a nil value disc because you're keeping the vehicle off the road, you must make a SORN. The SORN can be made on the V14 application form.

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 Northern Ireland. Complete a V15(NI) 'Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)' together with a letter explaining why you’re applying so far in advance and post them to:

DVA
Coleraine County Hall
Castlerock Road
Waterside
Coleraine
BT51 3TA

If you want to renew your tax in advance, you can do this up to six weeks in advance in person at a DVA local office or by posting your application to the address above.

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 your SORN notification. If you don’t have the certificate, you must complete Form V34(NI) 'Application for a Registration Certificate (V5C(NI))' instead.

Forms V15(NI) and V34(NI)

You can download forms V15(NI)and V34(NI) or collect them from selected Post Office® branches or any DVA local office.   

What happens next?

The DVA will send you a letter confirming your SORN. If you don’t receive the letter after 15 days of making a SORN, you should contact DVA Vehicle Enquiry Section on 0845 402 4000 (if you have made a SORN in advance you should wait 15 days after the expiry of previous tax or SORN).

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(NI) registration certificate and a V10(NI) ‘Vehicle licence application’ form. You can do this in person, by post, at selected Post Office Branches or at any DVA local office.

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