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DVLA Registrations and Private Number Plates

Information on DVLA personalised registrations and Number Plates

All number plates and registration marks mentioned in this site are either issued and controlled by the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency -formerly known as the DVLC , in Swansea) or the DVA NI (Driver and Vehicle Agency Northern Ireland in Coleraine). They are only for display on vehicles registered in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

The DVLA markets and sells previously un-issued personalised registration marks for UK registered vehicles, but does not offer any re-sales facility to owners of private number plates. The term personalised is specifically chosen to explain that whilst these brand new registration numbers originate from the general run of the mill bi-annual issuing sequences, they have been especially selected and withdrawn from general issue, instead being chosen as desirable plates which have certain personal characteristics making them potentially more valuable and cherished.

Twice each year, usually in early December and early June, the DVLA releases these personalized numberplates onto the general market for sale under their Sale of Marks scheme with prices carefully chosen to illustrate the desirability of the personal number plates in question. The DVLA has a pretty good idea of the level of desirability of private registrations as they have been in the business of selling these personal plates since 1989.
DVLA Personalised Registrations also auctions some of what they consider to be their more valuable registration numbers holding about six auctions a year, each selling about 1,500 registration numbers. Full details of each auction are advertised in the press or online.
You can purchase or sell any DVLA personalised registration mark through VRM Swansea Plates4 less


Plates4less, the sister firm to VRM Swansea, has in excess of 27 million unique DVLA and DVA NI registration marks to offer you, the majority of which are very reasonably priced. Every day private registration mark sellers place their registrations for sale with us because they recognise the fact that we are the authority and experts on such matters.

Although we are based in Swansea our reach is far and wide. We supply personalised numberplates nationally to all areas of the country and even to clients in Northern Ireland. Did you know that any UK vehicle registered at the DVLA in Swansea can display a vehicle registration mark issued by the DVA in Northern Ireland too?

As well as the many different types of number plates we have for sale we also have many useful resources for the enthusiast or present cherished plate owners. We have a numberplate selling department you can reach by completing our online forms our ideas and suggestions pages which can be found here and we have a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions Section which you can look through by clicking here.

If you’re short of ideas then why not take a look at our ideas and suggestions pages which can be found here
Our aim is to make finding and owning a cherished number plate a simple and highly enjoyable experience so that our buyers and sellers are happy. Just use our search areas on the top left of this page to find your ideal DVLA or DVLNI Registrations.

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Important Private Number plates and DVLA Information
DVLA is the government agency responsible for all regulatory matters related to the issue and display of private number plates and car registrations in the UK. The DVLA acronym means Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and its head quarters are here in Swansea from where it controls all UK private registration plates. It was formerly called the DVLC standing for Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre but this title was changed in 1990 and so is now obsolete. In Northern Ireland the government agency responsible for controlling and issuing Irish number plates is DVA this acronym meaning the Driver Vehicle Agency.
DVLA is a registered trade mark of the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency. We contract the agency on a daily basis but VRM Swansea  Plates4less is in no way affiliated to the DVLA or DVLA Personalised Registrations.
All personalised number plates and personal registration marks mentioned in this site are either British i.e. issued and controlled by the DVLA Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency  here in Swansea or Northern Irish i.e. issued by the DVA NI (Driver and Vehicle Agency Northern Ireland) in Coleraine. They are only for display on vehicles registered in the UK and Northern Ireland.

Personal Number plates : Follow the law
As responsible personalised number plates agents we feel it is important that our visitors and customers understand the law regarding the supply and display of cherished number plates as they are valuable assets and should be protected. It was once possible to buy cheap number plates from any private car numberplates maker without any evidence of your entitlement to the car registration numbers. These days you need to provide the private registration plates manufacturer with a V948 number plate authorisation certificate which is issued by the DVLA only after your keeper’s entitlement has been checked. Your numberplates are an important identifying feature of your vehicle and can be cloned to provide a false identity to any vehicle for those engaged in vehicle related crime. There are now many stories that tell of speeding fines collected in areas of the UK where car owners have never visited, due to the display of duplicate number plates  by criminals.

The law on the display of vehicle registration numbers is now very strict and personal number plates owners may not use decorative or fancy fonts. Letters and numbers must be of the correct size, style and spacing with private registration plates also conforming to strict British Standards in their materials and manufacture. To break the law on the manufacture and display means you risk having your entitlement to your cherished registration plates permanently withdrawn and face a substantial fine of up to £1000. Incorrectly displayed private plates or personalised reg marks will be enough to make your vehicle fail its MOT test.

 VRM Swansea Plates4less is a DVLA registered number plate supplier (supplier no: 3166) and a recognised reseller of DVLA Personalised registrations. In recognition of this fact we only supply fully road legal number plates. DVLA, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, DVA NI Driver and Vehicle Agency Northern Ireland, are registered trademarks

See also: Private Car Registrations | Registration Numbers | Registration Plates | Irish Number Plates DVA NI | Private Number Plates