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1. What are registration numbers?

Registration numbers are a way of identifying

vehicles. All registration numbers are owned

by the Secretary of State and are allocated to

vehicles (and may be withdrawn) as part of the

process of registering and taxing vehicles.


2. Displaying registration numbers

Registration numbers must be correctly displayed

in line with the law. You must go to a Registered

Number Plate Supplier (RNPS) to get a number plate.

If you do not keep to the law relating to the style,

size and spacing of letters and numbers on

number plates, you could be fined up to £1000

and the registration number may be permanently

withdrawn from use.

You can get more information on spacing in leaflet

Vehicle registration numbers and number plates

(INF104) – which you can download from

www.direct.gov.uk/motoringleaflets

You cannot use a registration number to make

your vehicle appear younger than it actually is.


3. Where can you get a personalised

registration number?


We have our own sales scheme, offering a range

of registration numbers which have never been

issued. Through this scheme you can buy the right

to have a particular registration number assigned

(put on) to a vehicle.

Visit our website at dvlaregistrations.direct.gov.uk

to see what personalised registrations we have

available and how much they cost. Our prices start

from £250, and include VAT and the ‘assignment

fee’ (this is the fee we charge to put the registration

number on a vehicle). When you are ready, you can

buy online 24 hours a day.

 

 

We auction some registration numbers.

We hold about six auctions a year, each

selling 1500 registration numbers.

Full details of each auction are advertised in the

press and on our website. If you would like more

information about our auctions or you want to join

our mailing list, then visit our website or write to:

DVLA Personalised Registrations (Marketing)

Swansea SA99 1DN.

Registration numbers bought under our sales

scheme can only be used on vehicles that are

registered (or about to be registered), taxed

and used in mainland Great Britain (GB).


4. What do you get for your money?


You buy the right to have the registration number

assigned to a vehicle registered in your name,

or in the name of another person (the Nominee).

The Nominee has no right to the registration

number until it is assigned to their vehicle.

We will send you a ‘Certificate of Entitlement’

(V750). This will include details of:

the registration number;

the Purchaser and Nominee; and

the date the right to assign the registration

number will end (see section 7).

You can extend the right for a further one year, two

years or three years. You can add (if you do not

have one), or change a Nominee up until or at the

same time the registration number is assigned. More

details about this are on the V750 (see section 8).

 

5. Where else can you get

a registration number?

Dealers in registration numbers advertise in the

national press or specialist magazines and many

have their own website. They may sell registration

numbers from their stock or act as an agent for

motorists who want to sell the registration number

from their vehicle. Dealers may also sell registration

numbers that they have bought from us, but they

are not acting on behalf of DVLA.

 

 

6. Transferring and retaining

(keep the use of) registration

numbers

 

A transfer allows a registration number to be

moved from one vehicle to another. Only the

registered keeper of a vehicle can apply to

transfer its registration number. When a vehicle is

registered with another registration number, that

vehicle will have its existing registration number

withdrawn unless you apply to transfer or retain

it at the same time.

Retaining a registration number

A retention allows a registration number to be

removed from a vehicle and held on a document.

You can choose to retain a registration number for

either one year, two years or three years, paying the

correct fee as shown on the Application to transfer

or retain a vehicle registration number (V317). The

retention fee is not refundable.

Only the registered keeper of a vehicle can apply to

retain a registration number and choose to become

the Grantee or give the details of someone else.

The Grantee is the one who has the right to the

registration number. The Grantee has the right to

assign (put on) the registration number to a vehicle

registered in someone else’s name. This person is

known as a Nominee.

We will issue a ‘retention Document’ (V778)

to the Grantee. This will include details of:

the registration number;

the Nominee (if one is given in the application);

and

the date the registration number should be

assigned by.

The Nominee has no right to the registration

number until it is assigned to their vehicle.

Once the Grantee has assigned the registration

number to their or their Nominee’s vehicle, the right

to the registration number goes to the registered

keeper of that vehicle.

 

 

How to apply to transfer or

retain a registration number

You, as the registered keeper, will need to fill in

form V317. This form contains more information

about transferring or retaining a registration number.

You can get the form from www.direct.gov.uk/

motoringforms or from your nearest

DVLA local office.

You can find the address of your nearest local office:

on the website at

www.direct.gov.uk/dvlalocal; or

by phoning 0300 123 1277 (you will have

to give your postcode).

DVLA local offices are open between 9am and 5pm

Monday to Friday, and between 9.30am and 5pm

on the second Wednesday of each month.

 

Registration numbers that

cannot be transferred

Check your Registration Certificate (V5C) before

you apply, to make sure that the registration

number can be transferred. If the V5C states that

the registration number is non-transferable, you

cannot transfer or retain it.

Registration numbers starting with ‘Q’

If a vehicle has a registration number starting with

‘Q’ or Northern Ireland (NI) ‘Q’ prefix, that registration

number cannot be transferred and must stay on

the vehicle unless evidence of its age is found.

In this case, you should send the evidence to your

nearest DVLA local office who can then provide a

replacement registration number appropriate to the

age of the vehicle.

 

7. What if your right to assign

or retain your registration

number is due to end?


You must either assign the registration number

or apply for an extension before this happens.

Your V750 or V778 will tell you how to do this.

You will lose your right if you act too late.

You can extend the right to a registration number

for either one year, two years or three years,

paying the correct fee as shown on either the

V750 or V778. These extension fees are

not refundable.

 

8. Can you add or change the

Nominee’s details on your

Certificate of Entitlement

or Retention Document?


Yes, as long as your Certificate or Document has

not run out. Your V750 or V778 will tell you how

to do this.