happens to my old number plates?
If you have the space, then
put these into storage because you may be able
to re-instate your old registration to your vehicle
when you come to change it, although there are
no guarantees (and you may just get a registration
mark which relates to the age of your vehicle).
I need to inform my insurers that I have a new
Yes, remember to tell them in writing that 'In
the event of a total loss claim...' whereby they
effectively buy your vehicle (or what's left of
it) off you due to theft, or as a 'right off',
'...the registration mark will remain your property'.
Get them to acknowledge this request in writing.
They do not normally make a charge for issuing
a new cover note in these circumstances or for
complying with this request. ...Top
your new number plates made up
Legislation started on 1 January 2003 requires
all number plate suppliers in England and Wales
to register their details with DVLA *. From that
date a business not registered will be unable
to trade as a number plate supplier. It is expected
that Scotland and Northern Ireland will follow
shortly but at the time of writing they are not
required by law to be registered.
Why the need for these new laws?
To control the supply of number plates so that
there is less chance of a vehicle driver avoiding
the law by the use and fitting of false number
How am I affected?
This will affect you if you have bought a personalised
registration number or have entitlement to a registration
mark and want to have the plates made up. They
should only be made up with a registered supplier
for your own safety as these manufacturers are
known to the government and the likelihood that
they will pass your personal details onto any
unscrupulous third parties is lower than if they
were not registered. If you would like to check
if your supplier is registered then the register
can be found online at www.dvla.gov.uk/vehicles/rnps.htm
. This also applies if you have to replace your
number plate after the 1 January 2003 for other
reasons eg accidental damage.
What will I have to do?
To have your number plate made up you will need
to go to a registered supplier taking with you
proof of entitlement to the mark which could be
one of the following:
- Vehicle Registration Document (V5).
- Certificate of Entitlement to a mark (V750).
- Cherished Transfer Retention Document (V778).
- Vehicle Licence Renewal (V11).
- Authorisation slip from DVLA local office
with official DVLA stamp. This will apply when
DVLA authorises a customer to buy plates bearing
a particular registration mark, e.g. when applying
to assign the mark to a vehicle but before you
have had the plates made up. If you are applying
by post the authorisation slip will be sent
to you. This will also apply in the case of
a cherished transfer.
- Certificate of Vehicle Registration (V379).
- Vehicle Export Certificate.
- A letter of authority from fleet operators
on company headed notepaper with contact details.
You will also need to provide proof of your
personal details which could be :
- A current photocard driving licence (preferred)
- Bank/building society statement or a recent
utility bill with one of the following :
- Current paper driving licence.
- Credit/debit card with photograph.
- Travel pass card with photograph.
Foreign national identity card.
Bought as a gift
If you have bought a number as a gift or are
having the plates made up for someone else
and have no entitlement to the mark then the
proof of personal details should be yours.
Proof of personal details should be the actual
person who is going to have the plates made
up. If you have ordered a new vehicle Simply
provide your motor dealer with the appropriate
proof of entitlement and they will make up
the plates for you as they already hold your
vehicle details. ...Top
I own a private number plate can I transfer it
when I change my vehicle?
Yes, provided your next vehicle is the same age
or younger than the one you have now. The transfer
fee is presently £80 and this includes putting
an age-related number plate on the vehicle you
are selling, although you will also be required
to buy a new set of plates to match, before you
sell it. ...Top
is the Government retention scheme?
Once you have a number plate on a vehicle you
are the registered keeper of, you have the sole
right to transfer it to another vehicle or to
a holding (retention) certificate which is valid
for 12 months and can be renewed annually. The
fees for certification and renewal are presently
£25.00 each but you will also be required
to pay one £80 future transfer fee in advance,
in the first instance.
Once it is on a retention certificate you can
nominate another person to use it as in the answer
if my vehicle is stolen and not recovered or ‘written
Your right to your personal registration mark
remains your property provided that you have informed
your insurers (above).
The Government will allow your personal registration
mark to be assigned to a new vehicle you are the
keeper of, 12 months after the incident was reported
to them. This is to allow time for the vehicle
to be recovered and properly written off by them.
NB: If you follow these instructions
you do not need to insure your number plate, (although
there are agents who will try to sell you an insurance