How to make a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification)
If you’re the registered keeper of a vehicle that’s not being taxed and is kept off the road you must make a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification). You only need to tell the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) once your vehicle is off the road. 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
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) '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.
- Applying for a refund of vehicle tax
- Download 'V14 (NI) application for a refund of vehicle tax' (PDF 68 KB)
- Help with pdf files
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
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.
- Download form V15(NI) (PDF 119 KB)
- Download form V34(NI) (PDF 155 KB)
- Help with PDF files
- Where are the motor tax offices?
- List of Post Offices where you can licence your vehicle
What happens next?
The DVA should send you a letter confirming SORN. If you don’t receive the letter after 15 days of making 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.