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Number Plate Assisted Transfer Option : questions and answers

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Assisted Transfer- click a question or here for a summary of this service

Q1: How long does the transfer take?
Q2: I'm buying a new vehicle, can the transfer be done before I collect it from the dealers?
Q3: I’m changing my vehicle privately, what should I do?
Q4: Can I still use my vehicle while the transfer is in progress?
Q5: I want to transfer my present plates to another car (or a holding certificate) before transferring my new personal number plate to my car, can this be done?
Q6: Will my vehicle need to be inspected by the Department for Transport?
Q7: When can I fix my new number plates to my vehicle?
Q8: What happens to my old number plates?
Q9: Do I need to inform my insurers that I have a new registration mark?
Q10: I’m changing my vehicle privately, what should I do?
 

 

Quick summary of this service

Your order will be confirmed in writing and by e-mail and we will request you send us the following documents in the self-addressed envelope we provide:

-The original V5C whole vehicle registration document (log book) or V5C/2 new keepers supplement (green slip) if you bought your used car less than 5 days ago
-The original Mot (if the vehicle is more than 3 years old)
-A photocopy of the current tax disc

The process only takes 4-5 days to complete and we'll post back to you:
-A replacement tax disc showing your new number(with the same expiry date as the one you already have)
-An ammended Mot certificate (if required)
-Your authority document allowing you to legally request manufacture of your new number plates

Pop your new number plates and tax disc on your vehicle (at the same time) and you're done. Just give your insurers a quick call to update the details of your new registration mark. Your ammended V5C will arrive in about 3 weeks....Top

Q1: How long does the transfer take?

We always work as quickly as we can and transfers can be completed from 6 working days onwards (depending on the type of transfer). Car to car transfers nearly always take longer than certificate to car transfers. However transfers to Northern Irish vehicles from Great Britain can take up to 3 months as the procedure is the most complex

In every case transfer times depend on how quickly people act. Thus we have to rely on :-

Buyers for sending documents and funds promptly
Sellers for sending documents & sale authorities promptly
The Government for processing the applications promptly and accurately
The Postal Service for delivering promptly and accurately

Our office deals with each transfer immediately.
We automatically update you with progress reports as and when there is news.
To concentrate our efforts on the work in hand we greatly appreciate that rather than calling us you:
FAX US ON (01792) 477507
OR E-MAIL US info@vrm-group.co.uk
remembering to quote your registration number in all correspondence. ...Top

Q2: I'm buying a new vehicle, can the transfer be done before I collect it from the dealers?

Yes, in most cases we can work with your dealer to get the transfer completed and your new number plates on your vehicle, provided we have enough time (we need at least 10 working days).
In every case it is vitally important that as soon as we have found your dream registration mark you secure your purchase as quickly as possible. We have had disappointed clients who didn't act swiftly enough only to find their choice was sold. Conversely we have many clients who are sensibly searching and buying their registrations in advance of finding their new vehicle. ...Top

Q3: I’m changing my vehicle privately, what should I do?

We can arrange for your new registration mark and personal details to be added to your new vehicles' documents at the same time. Contact us now for further advice. info@vrm-group.co.uk ...Top

Q4: Can I still use my vehicle while the transfer is in progress?

Yes, provided the vehicle is taxed, insured and has a current MOT certificate (if required), you may continue to use it on the public highways. ...Top

Q5: I want to transfer my present plates to another car or a holding certificate before transferring my new personal number plate to my car, can this be done?

Yes we can conduct both these transfers for you at the same time, we can also arrange for the one you already own to be transferred to a holding certificate if you wish but additional government fees will apply ...Top

Q6: Will my vehicle need to be inspected by the Department for Transport?

If the Department suspect the identity of your vehicle they will insist on an inspection, but this is rare.However, you should always be prepared to take your vehicle if requested to do so, to your nearest vehicle testing centre. ...Top

Q7: When can I fix my new number plates to my vehicle?

When you receive your replacement tax (license) disc from us, showing your new registration mark and display this on your vehicle. ...Top

Q8: What 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). ...Top

Q9: Do I need to inform my insurers that I have a new registration mark?

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

Q10: What if I want to alter the spacing or letter style on my number plates?

'It is illegal to miss-space or miss-represent your registration mark whilst it is being displayed on a vehicle used on the public highway'
You should not purchase a registration mark if this is your intention.

Since September 2001 any firm that makes number plates is required by law to include their postcode on the plates so that they may be traced back to the maker.
It is not illegal to make the number plates in any style or fashion the customer wishes (including fancy typefaces).
The law is broken when such plates are displayed on a vehicle on the public roads. This explains how vehicles in dealer's showrooms or at motor shows are legally allowed to display any message or style on their number plates.

If you break this law you may lose your right to use the registration as the Department of Transport has the legal right to confiscation. You will not receive any financial compensation. Your vehicle will also fail its MOT if the registration is miss-spaced or miss-represented in any way and you may be fined up to £1000. ...Top

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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.
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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.

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