How to assign a private number plate online
Adding a private number plate to your car is a simple process using the dvla’s online form. here's what you need to know..
Adding a private number plate to your car is a popular way to make it stand out from the crowd.
The DVLA’s online tool for assigning a private plate is simple and quick to use, once you understand the jargon.
Our guide explains just how easily you can add this finishing touch to your car.
Which documents do I need to assign a number plate?
Before using the DVLA online tool via the Gov.UK website, you will need the following:
- A V778 Retention Document – issued if a private number plate has previously been used on another car OR
- A V750 Certificate of Entitlement – issued for a brand new unused private number plate
One of these documents should be given to you when you buy a private plate, or place an existing number plate onto retention.
You will also need:
- The current registration of the car you want to add the private number plate to
- The 11-digit document reference number from the V5C (logbook) of the car you want to add the number plate to
- The postcode of the registered keeper of the car, as shown on the V5C
This should allow you to complete all the relevant sections of the online form.
How much does it cost to assign a number plate?
Assigning a private number plate online is a free process. However, taking a private number plate off a vehicle (putting it onto retention) does incur a charge of £80.
In order to assign a private number plate to a new car, it needs to be placed on retention first. Retention rights last for up to 10 years.
How easy is it to assign a number plate online?
The process of assigning a private plate is very straightforward, providing you have the correct documents to hand. Be sure to check the eligibility requirements before starting the process.
Using the Gov.UK website, you will be prompted to enter the relevant reference numbers and details.
The online tool is only available from 7am to 7pm, plus there is also a Welsh language version.
How quick is the DVLA online form?
Unless there are any additional checks flagged up, the private number plate will be assigned to your car instantly. This will include updating relevant records for VED (road tax), too.
It means that as soon as you submit your request online, the number plate for your car will be changed.
Should you provide the DVLA with your email address, an Electronic Number Plate Authorisation Certificate (eV948 or eV948/2) will be sent to you immediately.
The registered keeper of the car will also receive a new V5C logbook , which should be delivered within a few days.
How do I get new number plates made?
Such an instant change means you need to be prepared to replace the physical number plates on your car before you drive it.
If you have had the private plate assigned to another car before, you may still have physical plates. If so, you can simply replace the old plates from your car with these.
Should you need new number plates made from scratch, you can use the eV948 or eV948/2 sent to you by email. This is typically only valid for a few days, so be ready to go and get new plates made soon.
You should use a registered number plate provider to ensure your new plates meet the correct legal standards. Registered providers will need to see proof of your identity, along with proof of your entitlement to the number plate. Check with your chosen provider which documents they accept in advance.
Can I still use paper forms to assign a number plate?
The DVLA will still accept submissions to assign a number plate by post, using the V750 or V778 form. You will also need to send the vehicle’s V5C (logbook) or green ‘new keeper’ slip with a completed V62 form.
Submitting documents by post is likely to take longer than assigning a number plate online.
Can I assign a number plate to a financed or leased car?
Finance providers for cars bought via Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) or Personal Contract Hire (PCH) may have rules around adding a private plate. However, most should allow it.
Your finance documents will specify any particular rules. You will need to contact your finance provider once a plate has been assigned.
Cars supplied on a lease deal will require permission from the lease provider before a number plate can be assigned. As the lease company is the registered keeper, you will need to liaise with them to have the plate added. Finance providers may charge an administration fee for this process.
You will need to put your private plate onto retention before your lease deal ends. This should be done around eight weeks before returning your car.
Who should I tell when I assign a number plate?
Assigning a private number plate to your car also requires you to inform others of the change.
Your car insurance provider should be the first contact you make, ensuring your policy is updated. Many insurance companies will allow you to notify them of the change online, or you may need to telephone them. Some insurance companies will charge an administration fee to cover the change.
Make sure you also update car park passes or parking season tickets with your car’s new number plate.
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There are several ways to get DVLA personalised plates for a vehicle. You get buy personal numbers at an auction or direct from the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency.
This step by step guide explains how to get a private (personalised) number plate and then assign it or transfer it (e.g. to a car or motorcycle).
Table of contents.
- Buying Personalised Number Plates
- Assigning a Private Number Plate
- Taking Registration Off a Vehicle
- Renewing or Replacing a Personal Number
- Sell or Gift a Private Number to Someone
- Changing Your Name or Your Address
- Give Up the Right to Use a Private Number
- If the Person with the Legal Right Dies
So, you have some interest in buying DVLA cherished plates and using them on your vehicle? Well, there are two easy ways to buy a private (personalised) registration.
You can make the purchase from a private dealer or you can order number plates online from DVLA in Swansea.
Doing so should give you the legal right to use the private number on your vehicle. If so, providing you have the correct documentation, you can make an application to put it on (assign it).
Personalised Number Plate Retention
What if you choose not to use the private number any longer? In this case, you can keep it by applying to ‘take it off’ the vehicle and put it ‘on retention’ (e.g. for use at some time in the future).
Important : The V778 retention document that you get would serve as proof that you still have the legal right to use it.
Selling Personalised Number Plates
You can also sell a DVLA personalised (private) registration, or give it away as a gift, if you no longer want to use it.
Transferring a Private Number
There is a two step process to transfer a private number from one vehicle to another. So, to make a DVLA private plate transfer, you would need to:
- Apply to take the number off the vehicle that you are transferring it from (e.g. online or by post).
- Assign the private (personalised) number to the vehicle that you are transferring it to.
Note : You can also use Form V317 to apply to keep a vehicle registration (put number plate on retention) and then assign it to another vehicle.
How to Buy Personalised Number Plates
Buying direct from the dvla.
In fact, ‘ DVLA Personalised Registrations ‘ has millions of personalised number plates that you can choose from, including auction plates and cherished plates.
Buying at a DVLA Auction
A DVLA personalised number plates auction takes place several times a year (5 live and 4 timed) around the country. You can also view a catalogue online that shows DVLA future auctions and an updated list of cherished numbers that are available.
Note : You can make a bid at a personalised plates auction online, in person, by telephone, or in writing.
A V750 certificate of entitlement proves that you have the legal right to assign the private (personalised) number to a vehicle. As the highest bidder, you would receive the V750 document after payment.
Buying from a Private Dealer
You can also buy private registration from a dealer or from another person. As a rule, reputable dealers would take care of the transfer on your behalf.
But, you would need to get the V750 certificate of entitlement or the V778 certificate of retention from the private dealer to keep or assign the number yourself.
How to Assign a Private Number Plate
You are going to need at least one of the following documents to assign a private (personalised) number to a vehicle (e.g. car or motorcycle):
- V750 certificate of entitlement
- V778 certificate of retention
- An online reference number (e.g. if you buy number plates online)
You would get at least one of these after buying exclusive registration numbers or taking the number off another vehicle that you already own.
You will not be able to:
- Assign a number beginning with letters ‘Q’ or ‘NIQ’.
- Put a private number on a vehicle with a ‘ Q registration ‘ (e.g. unable to confirm its age or identity).
- Use a private number if it makes the vehicle appear newer than it is (e.g. using an ’07’ registration number on a vehicle registered in 2003).
The vehicle must be:
- Already registered with the DVLA in the United Kingdom and available for inspection.
- Able to move under its own power and a type that needs an MOT (or HGV test certificate).
- Taxed continuously for the past five (5) years (or had a SORN in place).
- Taxed currently (or have a SORN in place). It will need taxing if the Statutory Off Road Notification has been in place for more than five (5) years.
Note : After checking the application, the DVLA would contact you if they want to inspect the vehicle.
When assigning a private number:
- Apply online or use postal methods if the vehicle is already registered to you.
- The DVLA will send a new V5C in your name if you bought a used vehicle. Following that you can then apply online or by post.
- Give the V750 or V778 document to the dealer and ask them to apply on your behalf if the vehicle is brand new.
- Apply online or by post if the vehicle is registered to someone else and you would like to transfer the private number to them.
Providing you already have the vehicle log book (V5C) there is no charge to apply online or by post.
There is a different process to follow if there is a private number already on the vehicle. In this case, you must apply to take the number off first. Failing to do so means you may lose the right to use it.
Assign a Car Number Plate Online
The DVLA will assign the number straight away if the vehicle is not going to need a visual inspection. So, be prepared (e.g. find your nearest number plate supplier ) to put new plates on the vehicle after applying online.
Important : The service to assign a number online is open from 7am to 7pm and also available in Welsh language ( Rhoi rhif cofrestru preifat ar gerbyd ).
Applying by Postal Methods
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency will take about two (2) weeks to assign a number if you apply by post (unless the vehicle needs an inspection). You would need to send:
- A completed V750 or V778 (you will find the address written on the form).
- The vehicle log book (V5C) or the green ‘new keeper’ slip along with a completed V62 ‘ application for a vehicle registration certificate V5C ‘.
Note : Are you assigning the number to someone else’s vehicle? If so, you should add them as a ‘nominee’ by completing section 2 of the V750 or the V778.
- Application form for vehicle tax (V10) .
- A valid MOT certificate.
- Payment to cover the current vehicle tax rates .
After Assigning a Private Number
The dvla will send you:.
- The original MOT certificate (if you sent one).
- A new vehicle log book (V5C registration certificate). You should allow up to six weeks for it to arrive.
You would then need to:
- Fix new number plates onto the vehicle before driving it on public roads.
- Notify the insurance company about the new registration number.
Important : It is wise to keep the original registration number and plates. DVLA would reassign them if the private number is taken off the vehicle. You must wait until you get the new log book (V5C) before selling it or getting rid of it (e.g. scrapping your vehicle ).
Take a Registration Number Off a Vehicle
There are several reasons for taking a private (personalised) number off a vehicle. You would need to take off a personal number to (either):
- Assign DVLA personalised number plates to another vehicle.
- Keep or ‘retain number plate’ the number for use sometime in the future.
Note : In most cases, they will reassign the original registration by automatic process after taking off the private number. You cannot keep any number if it starts with the letters ‘Q’ or ‘NIQ’.
Note : After checking your application, the DVLA would contact you if the vehicle will need an inspection.
Application to Take Off a Number
The current cost to apply online or by post is £80 (providing you already have the vehicle log book). You would need to apply by postal methods if the vehicle is not registered in your name.
The DVLA will remove the number straight away if they do not need to inspect the vehicle. So, you will be able to assign it after you applied to take it off (using the online reference number).
Important : The service to assign a number online is open from 7am to 7pm and also available in Welsh language ( Cymryd rhif cofrestru preifat oddi ar gerbyd ).
Applying by Post
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency will take about two (2) weeks to remove a number if you apply by post (unless it needs an inspection). You would then need to send:
- A completed Form V317 ‘application to keep a vehicle registration number (personalised number plate) and put it on another vehicle’.
- Payment for the transfer fee (currently £80).
If you want to tax the vehicle at the same time you would need to include (all):
- Payment to cover the current VED rates .
After Taking Off a Private Number
- A new log book (V5C) that shows the replacement registration number (allow up to six weeks).
- A V778 retention document if the private (personalised) number has been registered in your name. If not, the ‘nominee’ would receive the V778 document.
- Get number plates made up and fix them onto the vehicle before driving it on public roads.
What about the Private Number?
A V778 retention document serves as proof that you still have the legal right to assign the personalised number for the next ten (10) years. But, you would lose your right to use a private number if you fail to renew it before the V778 expires.
Important : Selling or destroying the vehicle before getting the V778 means you would also lose the right to use the private number. You can choose to give up your right to use a personal number if you do not assign it.
How to Renew or Replace a Private Number
The right to use your private (personalised) number plates needs renewing every ten (10) years (unless used on a vehicle). Private numbers bought before 2015 need renewing on an annual basis. Your V750 certificate of entitlement or V778 retention document will confirm the requirement.
Renewing a V750 or V778 Document
The DVLA will send a reminder letter or email if you are not using your personalised vehicle registration. It will notify you that your right to use it is about expire. There is no fee to renew a private number and you can do so for up to ten (10) years.
How to Renew a V750 Online
You need to have an account (or create one) with ‘DVLA Personalised Registration’ to renew your V750 certificate of entitlement online.
Making Renewals by Post
You can renew by post by filling in the form on the V750 certificate or V778 document and then sending it to the address written on the form.
What if the V750 or V778 has Expired?
You will be able to buy the right to use a private registration number again, if (both):
- You got the V750 or V778 before the 9th of March 2015.
- It has expired since the 1st of May 2011.
Note : You would need to apply by the 18th of December 2019. The DVLA will refuse applications after this date. The fee is £25 for each year (or part year) that it has been expired.
Fill in the form on the V750 certificate or V778 document and then send it along with the current fee to the address written on the form.
You would need to send a letter to DVLA Personalised Registrations if you do not have the V750 or V778. The letter must explain why the document is not in your possession. You must also include:
- Details of your private (personalised) registration number.
- Proof of your name and address (e.g. a driving licence, passport, and copy of a utility bill).
- The current fee for V750 or V778 renewal.
How to Replace a Lost V750 or V778
Send a letter to ‘DVLA Personalised Registrations’ if your V750 certificate of entitlement or V778 retention document is lost or stolen. You can ask for a replacement V750 or V778, providing:
- It has not already expired.
- You have the legal right to use the number (e.g. your name was on the V778 or V750 document as ‘grantee’).
DVLA Personalised Registrations Swansea SA99 1DS
Note : Allow up to four (4) weeks to get a new V750 certificate of entitlement or V778 retention document.
Selling or Giving a Private Number
You can buy a DVLA private number plate as a gift for someone. You can also sell a private (personalised) number that you already own. Either way, the benefactor must assign the number to their vehicle before using it.
You should follow the same steps for assigning a private number to someone else if you will be giving it away as a personalised number plate gift.
Selling a Personalised Number Plate
There are several ways of selling your private number. You can either sell it yourself or you can use the services of a private number dealer.
Important : You should never share a photograph or a scan of the V750 or V778 document. Fraudsters use illegal scams to put private numbers on other vehicles.
Using a Private Dealer
Most private number dealers will complete the whole process on your behalf. They will try to find a buyer, arrange for the payment, and then transfer the registration to the vehicle of the person who bought it from you.
Selling it Yourself
You can also choose to sell your private number yourself, without using a dealer. Once you find a buyer, you would need to follow the steps for assigning a private number to someone else to assign it to their vehicle.
Assigning Your Personalised Number to Someone Else
You can use the online service or postal methods to put your private number onto someone else’s vehicle. The DVLA would then send a replacement log book for the vehicle that contains the new private number assigned to it.
To assign it online you need:
- The details of your V750 certificate of entitlement or V778 retention document.
- The details of the log book (V5C) of the vehicle that you will be assigning the number to.
When you assign a number online it is usually assigned with immediate effect. The digital service opens from 7am to 7pm and is also available in Welsh language (Cymraeg).
To assign by post, send DVLA:
- Your V778 or V750 form (after filling in sections 1 and 2 and signing it).
- The log book (V5C) relevant to the vehicle that you want to put the personalised number on.
What if a Nominee Dies?
If the nominee dies, the person with the legal right to use the private number will be able to change the ‘nominee’.
You would need to fill in section 2 of the V750 or V778 document and add the details of the new nominee. Remember to sign the form and send it to the DVLA Personalised Registrations address.
DVLA Buying a Number Plate as a Gift
There is one topic that tops the list of personalised registration gifts – that is NAMES! A survey shows most motorists would choose to have their own name on a number plate – if it was given as a gift.
So, let’s take a closer look :
The survey, conducted by the DVLA, included 1,000 motorists. They wanted their thoughts on personalised registrations for cars. As you might expect, personal names and nicknames topped the list.
But, registrations representing a business were also a popular choice. Somewhat surprisingly, those that represented a favourite sports team, or a family pet, also ranked high on the list.
DVLA Personalised Registrations list over 50 million different permutations. They also revealed that those most searched for on their website were ‘ BE11 CKY ‘ and ‘ SB51 MON ‘ (during the year 2017).
Some DVLA personalised number plates sell at auction for hundreds of thousands of pounds. But, anyone looking for a DVLA private number plate gift on a smaller budget can find registrations starting at £250.
Members of the public can buy personalised registrations online 24 hours a day. The DVLA has a dedicated team to help customers find the number they want over the phone.
Interesting Facts about Personalised Registrations
The DVLA has now been providing personalised registrations to motorists for thirty years. Since their first auction took place in 1989 they have sold close to 6 million numbers to motorists.
At the time of writing, sales of personalised (private) registrations have generated almost £2 billion for the Treasury.
The five most expensive registrations sold by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) are:
- 25 O (sold for £400,000)
- 1 D (sold for £285,000)
- 51 NGH (sold for £201,000)
- 1 RH (sold for £196,000)
- K1 NGS (sold for £185,000)
Note : The DVLA considers the combination of certain numbers and letters to be too rude or offensive with the arrival of the 2020s (20-plate registration) and bans them from use. Typical examples include OR19 ASM, AS19 OLE, DO19 POO, and DO19 SHT.
How to Change Your Name or Address
Changing address online (v750).
You can use your ‘DVLA Personalised Registrations’ account to change your address online (for the V750 certificate of entitlement only).
Changing Address by Post (V750 or V778)
You would need to fill in the ‘change of address’ section in the V750 or V778 to change your address by postal methods. Sign the form and send it to the DVLA Personalised Registrations address.
What if you do not have the V750 or V778 document? In this case, you would need to write a letter stating the details of your new address. Sign the letter and send it to DVLA Personalised Registrations.
You would also need to send some proof of your identity which can be a copy of:
- A household bill (sent out to you within the last three months).
- A medical card.
- A bank or a building society statement (sent out to you within the last three months).
- Your birth certificate.
- Your Council Tax bill for the current year.
- Your current and valid British driving licence.
- Your passport.
Changing Your Name (V750 or V778)
You would need to use postal methods to change your name on a V750 certificate of entitlement or V778 retention document. You would need to send some proof of your new name, such as a copy of:
- Your marriage certificate.
- A deed poll (that shows you used legal methods to change your name).
Use the section marked ‘nominee details’ in the V750 or V778 document to make a name change and then sign it. Send it, along with the proof of your name change, to the ‘DVLA Personalised Registrations’ postal address.
What if You Do Not have the V750 or V778 Document?
In this case, you would need to write a letter stating the full details of your new name. Sign the letter and send with some proof of your name change to DVLA Personalised Registrations.
Fixing Errors and Mistakes
You can fix any mistakes by writing a letter stating what the error relates to. Send the letter along with the V750 or V778 document to the postal address of DVLA Personalised Registrations.
Giving Up Your Right to Use a Private Number
Even though you have the right to use a private (personalised) number, you can decide not to assign it to a vehicle. It means you may qualify for a refund of £80.
It relates to the fee that you paid when (either):
- You first bought the number (e.g. included in the cost).
- You took the number off a vehicle.
You would be able to apply for a refund if:
- After paying the fee, the number did not get assigned to any vehicle.
- You have the latest V778 or V750 document (providing it is still valid you can get a replacement from the DVLA if you lost it).
Note : Documents issued before the 9th of March 2015 only qualify for a refund once they expire. But, you cannot replace a document once it expires.
You would need to tick the section marked ‘Give up the right to this registered number (surrender)’ on the V778 or the V750 document. Remember to sign it and then send it to:
Important : You will not be able to use DVLA personalised number plates after giving up your right. The process differs if the person who has the legal right to use a personal number has died.
If the Person with the Right to the Number Dies
You may be the beneficiary if the person with the right to use the private (personalised) number dies. If so, or if you have the ‘ role of executor ‘ after a death, you would be able to (either):
- Keep (retain) the DVLA private registration number (or transfer it to another vehicle).
- Put the personalised registration into someone else’s name (e.g. a nominee).
- Give up the right to use the number and then apply for a refund (see details above).
You would need to send a form to the DVLA and provide them with documentation that proves you have the legal right to use the private number.
Proving You Have the Legal Right
The DVLA will need either the original the death certificate, or a certified copy , when you send in the form. They will also need at least one of these documents:
- A certified copy of probate .
- A copy of the will.
- A letter from the solicitor that confirms the executor (or the next of kin).
Keep, Transfer, or Give the Number to Someone Else
The correct form to use, and send to the DVLA, will depend on whether the personalised number is already assigned to a vehicle.
If the private number is already assigned, you would need to use:
- Form V317 (fill in section 2 of the old blue forms).
- Section 2 for the new style log book (e.g. the front cover contains multi-coloured numbered blocks).
- Section 6 for the older style log book.
Remember to include the details of the person that you would like to transfer the number to (e.g. the next of kin or the executor of the will). The current cost is £80.
If the personal number is not assigned to a vehicle you would need to send the documents that prove you have the right to use it, along with (either):
- The V778 retention document
- The V750 certificate of entitlement form
The executor of the will needs to sign the V778 or V750 document and provide you with a covering letter stating whether you want to keep the number or give it to another person.
If you are not in possession of either the V778 or the V750 you would need to send:
- Documentation that proves you have the legal right to use the number.
- A covering letter signed by the executor that confirms you do not have the vehicle documents and explains your intentions for the personalised registration.
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If you have recently bought a new car, you may want to treat yourself to a brand-new personalised number plate . But you might be wondering how on earth you can transfer a new number plate to your vehicle? You will be pleased to know that the process for doing this is fairly straightforward and can be completed via post or even online.
You can purchase private number plates either on a Retention Certificate or transfer directly to a vehicle, so if you currently have your registration on a Certificate of Entitlement or Retention Certificate, read on to find out exactly how to assign a private number plate to your car .
Contents of this article include the following:
How to assign a private number plate online, how to assign a private number plate by post, how long does it take to assign a private number plate.
- How to transfer a registration number from one car to another?
- How does it work if I want to give a personalised number plate as a gift?
When it comes to purchasing a new number plate for your car, you can buy a private number plate from a private company or individual. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to bring any documents with you – you only need to have the correct documentation to get a number plate made once you are ready to assign the private number plate to your vehicle.
Once the plate has been successfully bought, you will have one of the following:
- Your retention document (V778)
- Your Certificate of Entitlement (V750)
- An online reference number
Either one of these will prove that your number plate is owned by you.
It is worth bearing it mind that you cannot use a private number plate on your car that dupes people into thinking the vehicle is newer than it is – for instance, using an “18” registration number on a 2008 registered vehicle. In addition, you are unable to assign a number starting with “Q” or “NIQ” or put a private plate on a “Q” registered vehicle. Dateless registrations are able to go on to vehicles of any age.
1. How to apply to assign a number plate to your car?
When it comes to assigning a number plate to a car, the vehicle must be registered to you. Then you can begin the process of transferring the number plate to your vehicle – either online or via post.
If you go into a company and purchase a personalised number plate in the flesh, most will transfer the number to your vehicle for you – free of charge. However, if you purchase a plate online, or want to keep or assign the number plate yourself, ask the company for a V750 or V778 certificate so you can complete the process at home. But how do you go about putting a private plate on a new car? We’ve got you covered:
You are not required to pay a fee to do this, but you must ensure all your documentation is in order. This includes having a valid V778 document, or a V750 certificate that hasn’t expired.
Bear in mind that if you have recently bought the vehicle and are not the registered keeper, you must wait until you have the complete up-to-date V5C log book.
Once the application has been accepted by the DVLA, you will receive a confirmation email with a number plate authorisation certificate (eV958). If you already have your plates, make sure they are fitted as soon as possible. But remember, before driving with your new plates, you must tell your insurance company that your registration number has been changed, otherwise you will not be insured.
However, if you need to have your new plates made up, you can go ahead once you have received your new log book (V5C) or using your V750/V778 certificate at a DVLA approved number plate supplier . You can also use the number plate authorisation certificate (eV958) as confirmation too.
If you do not have access to the internet, you can also submit your paperwork to the DVLA by post, but this can take considerably longer. In some cases, sending the documents by post is necessary as you may get a message stating the following:
- This registration number cannot be assigned” or;
- We need to look into your application further due to the vehicle’s licensing history”
You must send your application and the appropriate documents to: DVLA Personalised Registrations, Swansea, SA99 1DS
After you assign a private number plate to your car, you will be sent a new log book in the post – otherwise known as a V5C – which can take up to 4 to 6 weeks to arrive. But don’t worry, you don’t have to wait over a month to use your plates; you can use your new plates straight away, once your application has been approved.
2. How to transfer a registration number from one car to another?
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If your private plate is in situ on another vehicle, the process is slightly longer and must be processed in two simple stages. You might be wondering “how to remove a personalised number plate?” – to do this, you must put the plate on retention (online or via post).
To keep your registration number plate once you remove it, you are required to fill out a V317 form (section B) to notify the authorities that the plate will be removed. The form will give you a range of options for what you want to happen to the number once it’s removed, such as transfer a private plate from one car to another.
The process of removing a number plate requires you to pay a one-off fee of £80. If you are transferring number plates to a new car, you will need the vehicle’s log book (V5C) handy. If you apply online, the personalised number will be removed immediately (if your vehicle does not need an inspection). As soon as you’ve applied to remove your plate, use the reference number you get after you apply.
However, if you are completing the application by post, the number plate will be removed within two weeks if your vehicle doesn’t need an inspection. You must send the following to the DVLA:
- V317 "transfer or retain a vehicle registration number" form
- Your vehicle’s log book (V5C) or the new keeper’s supplement with a completed V62 “application for a vehicle registration certificate V5C”
- £80 fee
Once it has been removed, the next step is to assign the number plate, which allows you to begin the process of changing personalised number plates to a new car.
To find out how to do this, read the “ How to apply to assign a number plate to your car ” section of this article.
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3. What happens if I want to give a personalised number plate as a gift?
If you would like to gift a personalised number plate , it is much easier than you may think. The process is similar to if you would do if you were purchasing a personalised number plate of your own.
When it comes to purchasing a personalised number plate, like if you were choosing for yourself, you don’t need any vehicle documents. These are only required for the transfer of the registration which can be completed by the gift receiver at a later date. After you have picked the perfect reg plate, the personalised plate will be added to a certificate which will have your name as the “purchase” and the gift receivers name as the “nominee”.
You can request to have the plate delivered to an address – either your own or the receivers. But if you are not ready to gift the plate so early, you can keep a hold of the number plate for a year, free of charge. After one year, you will be charged £25 by the DVLA to renew it.
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How to assign or transfer your private number plates
Confused about how to assign your plate from your v750, or transfer your plate from your v778 document, it's really straightforward., read below to learn about these processes..
How to assign a private number plate to your vehicle from your V750 Certificate of Entitlement
When you receive your pink V750 Certificate of Entitlement from Select Number Plates, simply follow the steps below to assign it to your vehicle.
You can't use the new number on your vehicle until you have re-registered your vehicle with the new private number plate.
You'll need to apply to the DVLA, and await confirmation this has been done.
1. Get your documents ready
You'll need to make sure you have the following 2 documents - your V750 Certificate of Entitlement, and your V5C Registration Document.
Check your vehicle is taxed and tested (as is required for the class of vehicle) before you start.
2. Visit the Government website to start the process
Follow the guidance and instructions on the site.
Upon successful assignment, you will promptly receive online confirmation of your completed task. Additionally, if requested, an email notification will be sent to you. The DVLA will dispatch a replacement V5C through the post, typically within a few days.
In the event of a declined online assignment, please refer to the online instructions or reach out to DVLA for support. Also, review our instructions (outlined below) for the process of assigning your private number plate by post.
3. Change over your number plates
Online assignment occurs instantly. Therefore, it is advisable to switch the number plates at your earliest convenience. If you require the plates to be manufactured, bring identification with you or they will not be legally allowed to make them up for you.
It is not necessary to delay using the registration number on your car until the V5C arrives. You can put them on straight away!
4. Inform your car insurance company
Contact your insurance provider to inform them of the updated registration number for your vehicle. The DVLA does not handle this on your behalf.
Upon receiving the information, your insurance company will update their records and dispatch a replacement Policy Schedule to you. It's worth noting that certain insurance companies may apply an administrative charge for this service.
5. Your new documents will arrive
You will receive a new V5C Registration Document from the DVLA, showing your updated registration number. Expect its arrival within a few days.
However, please note that a replacement MoT certificate will not be dispatched. Instead, the DVLA's computer systems will be automatically updated.
How to assign a private number plate to your vehicle from your green V778 Retention Document
In the case of having a personalised registration number on retention, it will be documented on a green V778 Retention Document. The procedure for applying the registration number to your vehicle closely mirrors that of utilising the Certificate of Entitlement above.
Using DVLA's online service, you can get your personalised number on your car within minutes.
Ensure that your V5C Registration Document is current and registered in your name. Additionally, both your MoT and road tax must be up to date. It's essential to note that if either of these has expired, you cannot assign a personalised registration number to your car.
While many registration number transfers can be completed online, not all may be accepted. Some transfers, even with all paperwork up to date, might be declined as the DVLA may opt to conduct a thorough check. This is typically not a cause for concern, as there can be various reasons for this precautionary measure. Just get in touch with them to discuss the matter.
2. Visit the Goverment site if you're happy to assign it online
https://www.gov.uk/put-registration-number-vehicle and look for the 'Assign a number online' link.
The number will be assigned immediately if your vehicle does not need an inspection. Be ready to put new number plates on the vehicle as soon as you’ve applied.
OR 3. Submit your application by post
For those who prefer not to conduct transactions online, you have the alternative of sending your required documents to the DVLA by post. While this method takes a bit more time, the DVLA will notify you once the process is complete.
You'll need to send the following documents
- Your completed V778 document - the address is on the form
- the vehicle’s log book (V5C) or green ‘new keeper’ slip with a completed V62 ‘application for a vehicle registration certificate V5C’
In the event that your online application is declined, you might need to send your documents by post to the DVLA. Comprehensive information on the necessary steps for placing your registration number on your car is available for your reference.
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How to transfer a personalised number plate
Owning a private number plate is a sign of prestige for many, like signifying a business name, or even just for fun. If you are in possession of a private plate there may come a time where you need to transfer or change the number. If you have recently bought a new private registration you will need to have it assigned to your vehicle.
Already have your private number plate? You will need to follow the necessary steps to perform a DVLA number plate change. In the event that you have decided to sell your personalised number, you will need to take the appropriate measures to legally transfer the private plate to its new owner.
• Transfer a private number plate from car to car
• Assign a new number plate to your car
• Request a Certificate of Entitlement (V750) for a vehicle
• Request a Retention Document (V778) for a vehicle
How to transfer a private number plate from car to car
When transferring a private number plate from one car to another there are certain steps that must be followed to complete a DVLA number transfer successfully. Essentially it is a 2-part process, with part 1 being the removal of the private plate from a vehicle, and part-2 assigning the plate to the new vehicle.
How to get started
For a vehicle to be eligible for transfer, there are specific requirements that need to be met. The vehicle must be:
• Registered with the DVLA
• Be operable (meaning it can move under its own power)
• Be available for inspection.
• Have a current MOT, (or in the case of HGV vehicles, an HGV test certificate.)
• Proof of tax for the past 5 years (or currently have a SORN in place - Standard Off Road Notification).
• Registration numbers that begin with ‘NIQ’ or ‘Q’ cannot be retained.
Applications to remove the plate from the original vehicle can be made online on the DVLA website with the form V317and a transaction fee of £80. The vehicle's logbook (V5C) must be in your possession, and if the vehicle does not require inspection, the private number will be immediately removed.
A retention reference number will be supplied immediately on completion, of which can then be used to assign the private plate to the new vehicle using the DVLA’s online service.
If the private number is to be used at a later date, a retention document will be issued (V778) along with a new logbook by post. If the number is to be assigned to a new person, or surrendered, the V778 will be used to complete this transaction.
Alternatively, applications can be made using the postal service and although this way will take a bit longer the cost remains the same at £80. You will need the following documents for the DVLA reg transfer to be completed.
• Form V317 for transfer or retention of the vehicle registration number.
• V5C vehicle logbook (or V62 new keeper document)
• £80 transfer fee
Once the application is received the vehicle's original registration number will be automatically reinstated and you will receive a V778 retention document for the private number and a new logbook (V5C) for the vehicle.
To assign your private number to a different vehicle the V778 and V5C must be sent with a completed V62 application for a vehicle registration certificate.
How long does it take to complete the transfer?
The process can be completed in just a couple of minutes when completed online. A reference number will be provided on the removal of the private plate from the vehicle. This reference number may then be used to assign the private plate to a new vehicle immediately online using the DVLA portal.
By post, the process takes much longer with numbers being unassigned and reassigned to another vehicle in 2 different applications which can take around 2 weeks on average. Receipt of a new logbook can take 4-6 weeks.
How to assign a new private number plate to your car.
To assign a brand new private number to your vehicle the process is relatively straightforward. Vehicle requirements remain the same, it must have:
• An MOT
• Be operable,
• Have proof of tax
• Available for inspection.
On purchasing a new private number plate from a dealer or individual you will need to assign the private plate to your vehicle. For purchases of a brand new vehicle, the car dealer will often perform this task for you if the vehicle has not yet been registered.
Any numbers used must meet the eligibility requirements as specified by the DVLA. Any number beginning with ‘NIQ’ or ‘Q’ cannot be used nor can a number be assigned to a Q registered vehicle (vehicles with questionable age or identity). It is also not permissible to assign any number that would make a vehicle appear newer than it really is.
Assigning a number to a new vehicle can be performed either online or by post, whichever method is used the transaction is free.
To assign your new private number online you can enter vehicle information via the DVLA portal. Current registration number and logbook information will be required along with other details. If the vehicle is one that has just been bought then you will need to wait to receive the updated V5C logbook before performing the transaction. If the vehicle does not require an inspection the new private number will be assigned immediately.
Assigning a new private number by post will require you to submit the vehicle logbook (V5C), proof of registration entitlement or retention, and V62 application for a vehicle registration certificate. After your private number plate is successfully assigned you will receive a new vehicle logbook.
How long does it take to assign the new private number? To assign a new number to your vehicle using the DVLA website service takes just a few minutes with the new number being assigned to your vehicle immediately.
By post, the new number assignment takes much longer with a new logbook taking 4-6 weeks to arrive. However, the car can be driven on the new plates as soon as the application is approved, there is no need to wait until the logbook is received.
Certificate of Entitlement (V750) to a vehicle
A certificate of entitlement or V750 is the document issued by the DVLA for brand new vehicle registration. This certification is used to issue registration numbers that have never been previously used. The V750 document can be used to assign your private number plate to your vehicle. As with other methods, the vehicle must have an MOT certificate, be taxed, and driveable. Assigning a number to your vehicle from a V750 form is free of charge.
In most cases, the new private plate can be easily assigned to your vehicle online. However, should the DVLA deem that an inspection is required it could delay your application. You will need to supply information from the V750 form and the vehicle logbook (V5C). Provided all the information is correct, your new number plate will be assigned immediately and an updated logbook sent to you.
Using a V750 retention form by post to assign private plates to your vehicle takes a bit longer than the online option. You will need to supply the V750 form, a V62 application for a vehicle registration certificate, and the vehicle logbook (V5C). The new number will be assigned to your vehicle once the application is processed.
How long does it take?
As with most other processes that are performed on the DVLA website, using a V750 to assign your new private number plates takes just a few minutes. Provided no inspection is required the new number will be immediately assigned.
Postal applications will take longer with new numbers being assigned typically within a 2 week period. This can take longer if the DVLA requires an inspection of the vehicle to be performed.
Retention Document (V778) to a vehicle
A V778 retention document remains valid and allows you to assign a number plate to a vehicle for up to 10 years. All vehicles must be roadworthy MOT’d and taxed to have a private plate assigned. If you have held a number and need to assign it to a vehicle using a V778 you can accomplish the task in 2 ways, and both are free.
Online Using the information documented on the V778 form you may assign a number to a vehicle via the DVLA portal. You will need to provide information from the form and vehicle details from the VC5 logbook. Once completed the number will be assigned to your vehicle immediately providing that an inspection is not required.
Postal applications will take longer and still require the information from the V778 retention for and V5C vehicle logbook along with a V62 application for a vehicle registration certificate. If all the information is satisfactory the new number will be assigned and can be used on your vehicle.
Length of time
Using a V778 or a V750 to assign a new private number plate to a vehicle can be done instantly online by using the DVLA website.
Assignment of numbers by post takes a bit longer with numbers typically being assigned to vehicles in a couple of weeks.
Both processes can be delayed should the DVLA require a vehicle inspection.
Final steps after transfer
After the transfer a new private number plate is completed you will need to complete some additional steps.
• Do not sell the vehicle until the new logbook (V5c) is received
• Inform your insurance company of changes
• Update the registration number on automatic payment accounts (emissions or congestion charges)
Making sure that all your information is updated correctly will ensure that any change or transfer of private number plates through the DVLA goes smoothly.
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PRIVATE number plates have grown exponentially in popularity in the past few decades, with over 60 million registered in the UK.
While some private number plates garner attention for being rude or funny, others are in demand due to their eye-watering worth.
How much is my private number plate worth?
If you're wondering how much your private number plate is worth, it is easy to find out.
The Guide to the Value of Car Registrations in the UK uses a series of tables and star ratings to calculate the value of almost every combination of number plate there is.
The most expensive number plates represent rare and exotic cars and typically have very few characters.
Some private plates are worth so much money that they actually cost more than the car they are attached to.
One of most expensive licence plates ever sold in Britain featured the characters "GB1" and was purchased in 2009 and for £325,000.
The license plate "X 1", meanwhile, was sold in 2012 to an unknown bidder and has been described as "exceptional and historic".
That plate was sold for an eye-watering £502,500.
How to sell a private number plate
The DVLA states that you can sell or give a private (personalised) number plate to another person but the number must be assigned to their vehicle before they can use it.
You can use a private number dealer or sell your number yourself.
If you choose to use a private number dealer, most will find a buyer, arrange payment and transfer the number to the buyer's vehicle.
If you have made the decision to sell your private number plate yourself, you will need to find a buyer and assign your number to their vehicle.
Motorists looking to assign their private number to someone else are advised to follow the steps provided on the DVLA website .
It is also important to note that if you’re selling your private number online, you should not share a scan or photograph of the V750 or V778 document, as someone other than the buyer might use it to put the private number on another vehicle.
What to do when you buy a private number plate
If you're looking to buy a private number plate there are a number of ways to do so.
You can buy new numbers from DVLA Personalised Registrations and DVLA auctions .
There are auctions across the country approximately five times a year where you can bid in person, by phone, in writing or online.
Alternatively, you can buy a private number from a dealer or from another person.
Most dealers will transfer the number to your vehicle for you but if you want to keep or assign the number yourself, the DVLA recommends asking the dealer if you can have the V750 or V778.
Once you've bought and paid for a private number, you will receive a V750 certificate of entitlement to prove that you have the right to put the number on a vehicle.
What number plates are banned by the DVLA?
In 2023, a new list of banned number plates was revealed.
Twice a year, the DVLA's senior members meet to scout potentially offensive number plate suggestions.
Number plates believed to "cause offence, embarrassment or are in poor taste" are denied and anything to do with violence, sex or discrimination is automatically banned.
As part of the new list, the DVLA banned more than 200 number combinations which use the numbers 7 and 3.
Some motors are using the combinations AN73 AND HA73 - believed to mean 'anti' and 'hate' respectively - to print unsavoury messages, according to Carwow.
Examples of these include AN73 USA and HA73 HRH.
The combinations TE73OR and TH73EAT have also been banned by the DVLA.
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Example number plates and their values.
While specific plates may vary slightly, the following combinations generally fall into these price categories:
While specific plates may vary slightly, the following combinations generally fall into these price categories: New style registrations £150-£4,999: e.g. NA51 USA - £350 Triple letter combinations with suffix year letters £199-£6,999: e.g. SUE 694R - £1,599 Triple letter combinations with prefix year letters £199-£6,599: e.g. G4 ABC - £1,099 Triple letter suffix combinations without year letters £499-£60,000: e.g. 4 JGM - £6,999 Triple letter prefix combinations without year letters £699-£75,000: e.g. BPS 2 - £8,599 Double letter suffix combinations £699-£150,000: e.g. 6 WO - £30,999 Double letter prefix combinations £799-£200,000: e.g. VN 442 - £2,199 Single letter suffix combinations £1,599-£500,000: e.g. 4763 C - £3,999 Single letter suffix combinations £1,799-£600,000: e.g. A 247 - £15,599
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