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Number Plates Transfer Rules and Laws for the UK and Northern Ireland

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Your Question And Answers on Number Plate Transfer Rules and Laws
Q1: What are the main transfer rules?
Q2: Once I own a private reg plate can I transfer it when I change my vehicle?
Q3: I have Mobility Tax, can you do this transfer for me?
Q4: I own a licensed private hire vehicle eg Taxi and have no MOT can you do this transfer for me?
Q5: Can I transfer a number plate between my motorcycle and my car?
Q6: Can I transfer a number plate from Northern Ireland to my vehicle?

 

Q1: What are the main number plates transfer rules?

a. You cannot make any vehicle appear to be younger than it actually is
eg: you cannot transfer a B-reg numberplate onto an A-reg vehicle. The age of your vehicle is the ‘declared manufactured’ or ‘first registered’ date found on your V5 logbook and not necessarily shown by its number plate (as you may have bought a used vehicle already displaying a personalised number plate without realising it).
Click here to find out which registrations you can have on your car. ...Top

b. Q Plates are non transferable and you cannot transfer other number plates to Q registered vehicles

c. Only vehicles which are currently taxed (or tax exempt) and have had a valid MOT certificate in the past 6 months, are allowed to use the transfer scheme.
If your Tax or Mot is about to expire we advise you to renew these before applying for a transfer to ensure your transfer is successful.

Q2: Once I own a private reg 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. ...Top

Q3: I have Mobility Tax, can you do this transfer for me?

Yes, we can conduct this transfer for you. ...Top

Q4: I own a licensed private hire vehicle eg Taxi and have no MOT can you do this transfer for me?

Yes, we can conduct this transfer for you ...Top

Q5: Can I transfer a number plate between my motorcycle and my car?

Yes, provided both vehicles are taxed and tested you can transfer number plates between them....Top

Q6: Can I transfer a number plate from Northern Ireland to my vehicle?

Yes, but we recommend you use a reputable experienced transfer agent like ourselves (you can also transfer them vice versa) ...Top

 

 

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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