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DVLA Registrations and Private Number Plates

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The DVLA

As well as issuing driving licences and vehicle registration certificates, the DVLA (or Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) is the government body responsible for assigning, transferring, and retaining personalised number plates in the UK. They also ensure that potentially rude or offensive number plates are kept out of circulation. In keeping the records of over 48 million drivers, the DVLA also facilitates in taxing vehicles suitable for road use. Previously called the DVLC (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre), the DVLA is an agency of the Department of Transport. It used to have several offices throughout the country but has since consolidated them into a single headquarters here in Swansea.

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The DVLA & VRM Plates4less Swansea

VRM Swansea trading as Plates4less, is officially registered with the DVLA as number plate suppliers and we are DVLA recognised re-sellers of Personalised Registrations. All of our registration marks and number plates conform to DVLA legal requirements. Being the only UK private registration agent based in Swansea uniquely puts us in close proximity of DVLA headquarters and we work closely and directly with the DVLA on a daily basis, to resolve various issues on behalf of our buyers and sellers. Whilst the DVLA does not offer resales, we are able to provide a trusted re-sale facility for the valuable rights to private number plates. Our highly regarded service provides a data-secure way in which to buy and/or sell, pre-owned registration marks safely. You can also acquire previously unissued registrations through us, along with optional extras such as acrylic number plates and personalised gift certificates.

Northern Ireland format registrations are commonly known as ‘Irish’ registrations prior to the separation of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Any reference to ‘Irish’ registrations on this page relate to registration marks now known as ‘Northern Ireland format’ registrations.

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