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UK Vehicle Number Plate Transfer and Retention Procedures

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Tip We have detailed the procedures involved with assigning, transferring and retaining private number plates whether you are in the mainland UK or in Northern Ireland.
1. Assigning your registration mark.
2. Transferring your registration mark.
3. Retaining your registration mark.

Please use the following links table to reach the information you are looking for.


1. Assigning your Registration Mark

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Certificate – Vehicle

If you hold a registration mark on either a V750 certificate of entitlement or a V778 certificate of retention and would like to display your registration mark on your vehicle, you will need to send your application to the DVLA along with the following documents:

V5C Registration document (or completed new keeper’s supplement with V62 form)

MOT certificate (if applicable, i.e. more than 3 years since first registration)

Before you apply for your transfer, Please Note:

(i) The certificate will have a section titled “nominee name”. The registration mark can only be assigned to a vehicle which is registered in this name. If the two do not match you can either change the nominee name on the certificate through the DVLA (cost £25) or change the name on the registered keeper section of the V5C.

(ii) The registration mark can only be assigned to a vehicle that is of the same age or newer than the age identifier on the registration mark. Eg if the registration mark is D1 ABC, you cannot assign it to a B registration vehicle, only any vehicle registered after D reg. To see what registrations you can have on your vehicle, click here.

(iii) Only MOT testable vehicles can undertake in the scheme, i.e. not tractors or agricultural vehicles.

When the transfer is complete, you will receive the following:

V5C/2 “new keepers supplement” with official government stamp. Showing the change of registration mark.

• Your MOT certificate with official government stamp. Showing the change of registration mark.

• A V948 certificate, this authorises you to get your acrylic number plates produced at your local garage or car accessory store.

Upon receiving these documents, you may legally display your new number plates on your vehicle. Before doing this, please remember to inform your insurance company of the change to your policy.
You will receive new V5C document (aka Log book) 2-6 weeks after the transfer has been completed.

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2. Transferring your Registration Mark

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Vehicle – Vehicle

When you wish to transfer your registration mark, you will need to fill out a V317 form and send your application to the DVLA along with the following documents (for each vehicle):

V5C Registration documents (or completed new keeper’s supplements with V62 form)

MOT certificate(s) (if applicable, i.e. more than 3 years since first registration)

• Cheque for £80 made payable to the department of transport.

The Donor vehicle (the one that the registration is coming off) will receive an age related registration mark.

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Before you apply for a transfer, Please Note:

(i) The registration mark can only be transferred to a vehicle that is of the same age or newer than the age identifier on the registration mark. Eg if the registration mark is D1 ABC, you cannot assign it to a B registration vehicle, only any vehicle registered after D reg. To see what registrations you can have on your vehicle, click here.

(ii) Only MOT testable vehicles can undertake in the scheme, i.e. not tractors or agricultural vehicles.

(iii) You cannot transfer a registration mark off a vehicle if the words “NON TRANSFERABLE” registration mark are printed in area 3 of the V5C.

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When the transfer is complete, you should expect to receive the following for each vehicle:

V5C/2 “new keepers supplement” with official government stamp. Showing the change of registration mark.

• Your MOT certificate with official government stamp. Showing the change of registration mark.

• A V948 certificate, this authorises you to get your acrylic number plates produced at your local garage or car accessory store.

Upon receiving these documents, you may legally display your new number plates on your vehicle. Before doing this, please remember to inform your insurance company of the change to your policy.

You will receive new V5C documents for each vehicle 2-6 weeks after the transfer has been completed.

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3. Retaining your Registration Mark (information)

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To keep the rights to a registration mark on a certificate (separate to a vehicle), you will need to fill out a V778/1 form, available to download and print out from the DVLA’s website.

The retention scheme enables the keeper of a vehicle to hold its registration on a certificate for a period of up to 12 months. If when this period is due to expire, the “grantee” of the certificate can extend the period of retention for a further 12 month period at a cost of £25.00. If the period is left to expire without assignment or renewal, entitlement to the registration will be lost.

To retain the registration mark, You will need to send your application form to the DVLA, along with the following documents:

V5C Registration document

MOT certificate (if applicable, i.e. more than 3 years since first registration)

• A cheque for £105.

Your vehicle will be assigned with a non transferable age related registration mark.

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When the retention is complete, you will receive the following:

V5C/2 “new keepers supplement” with official government stamp. Showing the change of registration mark.

• Your MOT certificate with official government stamp. Showing the change of registration mark.

• A V948 certificate, this authorises you to get your acrylic number plates produced at your local garage or car accessory store.

Upon receiving these documents, you may legally display your new number plates on your vehicle. Before doing this, please remember to inform your insurance company of the change to your policy.

You will receive new V5C document (aka Log book) 2-6 weeks after the transfer has been completed.

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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.

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