Thanks bayonet - I never knew this, good, one less thing to get in debt with on my return.
I got a mail back from the DVLA on returning my bike back to the UK from it being out of the country for a year....typical cold response from customer services robot....
CUSTOMER REF : V234683
Thank you for your e-mail.
Please note that, as quoted in the Vehicles Registration and Licensing
Regulations 2002, Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) declarations
only valid if the vehicle is kept off road in Great Britain or
Ireland. Therefore, if your vehicle is out of the country you cannot
A vehicle that is taken abroad for 12 months or more is regarded as
permanently exported and our records should be noted accordingly.
I assume as the vehicle has been out of the country for nearly 12
that it does not have a vehicle licence and MOT. The DVLA cannot
what action, if any, the authorities of any country you pass through
the vehicle, might take upon a visiting British vehicle which is not
displaying a valid excise licence.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to re-licence the vehicle while
abroad, unless you hold a current British MOT and British Insurance
certificate, therefore, the vehicle cannot be re-licensed until it's
to Great Britain. I must point out that you would be committing an
as soon as you drive off the ferry with an unlicensed vehicle unless
proceeding to a pre-arranged MOT test.
Once an MOT certificate has been obtained, then you can relicense the
vehicle at any licence issuing Post Office. You should complete form
together with a registration document, insurance, MOT and the
fee. If the registration document is not available, you can complete
V62 instead. Both forms are available at the Post Office. The Post
will issue the disc over the counter and forward the necessary papers
I trust this information now clarifies the position.
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