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DVLA Registrations and Private Number Plates

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Information on DVLA personalised registrations and Number Plates

All number plates and registration marks mentioned in this site are either issued and controlled by the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency -formerly known as the DVLC , in Swansea). They are only for display on vehicles registered in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

The DVLA markets and sells previously un-issued personalised registration marks for UK registered vehicles, but does not offer any re-sales facility to owners of private number plates. The term personalised is specifically chosen to explain that whilst these brand new registration numbers originate from the general run of the mill bi-annual issuing sequences, they have been especially selected and withdrawn from general issue, instead being chosen as desirable plates which have certain personal characteristics making them potentially more valuable and cherished.

Twice each year, usually in early December and early June, the DVLA releases these personalized numberplates onto the general market for sale under their Sale of Marks scheme with prices carefully chosen to illustrate the desirability of the personal number plates in question. The DVLA has a pretty good idea of the level of desirability of private registrations as they have been in the business of selling these personal plates since 1989.
DVLA Personalised Registrations also auctions some of what they consider to be their more valuable registration numbers holding about six auctions a year, each selling about 1,500 registration numbers. Full details of each auction are advertised in the press or online.

You can purchase or sell any DVLA personalised registration mark through VRM Swansea Plates4 less

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Plates4less, the sister firm to VRM Swansea, has in excess of 27 million unique DVLA and Northern Ireland Format registration marks to offer you, the majority of which are very reasonably priced. Every day private registration mark sellers place their registrations for sale with us because they recognise the fact that we are the authority and experts on such matters.

Although we are based in Swansea our reach is far and wide. We supply personalised numberplates nationally to all areas of the country and even to clients in Northern Ireland. Did you know that any UK vehicle registered at the DVLA in Swansea can display a vehicle registration mark issued in Northern Ireland too?

As well as the many different types of number plates we have for sale we also have many useful resources for the enthusiast or present cherished plate owners. We have a numberplate selling department. Our ideas and suggestions pages can be found here and we have a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions Section which you can look through.

If you’re short of ideas then why not take a look at our ideas and tips and ideas page which can be found here
Our aim is to make finding and owning a cherished number plate a simple and highly enjoyable experience so that our buyers and sellers are happy. Just use our search areas on the top left of this page to find your ideal DVLA or DVLNI Registrations.

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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