The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has warned vehicle owners to make absolutely sure that they are using official government services if they try to save on their tax and insurance bills during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown by applying for a Statutory Off-Road Notification (SORN), which is used to inform the DVLA a vehicle is not currently being driven on public roads. The warning comes after website This Is Money tipped the DVLA off having been alerted to it themselves by one of their readers.
Websites, such as get-sorn.co.uk, have been offering unwary motorists a service whereby they organise a SORN in return for up to £40. They can also collect plenty of precious personal information, including names, postcodes and passport numbers.
Getting a SORN can be done by any vehicle owner for free with the DVLA online so that they can then arrange for any full months of tax and car insurance to be refunded or cancelled.
The DVLA told This Is Money: “Motorists should always double check that they are using GOV.UK and not be fooled by these sites. We’re aware of misleading third-party websites charging for services that you can get for free or at a lower cost on GOV.UK.”
“These sites may offer to help apply for a driving licence, tax or SORN a vehicle or connect people to our contact centre. Suspicious activity should be reported to the police via Action Fraud immediately.”