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Number Plates Information Services -Finding and Buying A Number Plate

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Q1: I've just placed my number plate order online, what happens next?
Q2: How do I search for my new registration mark?
Q3: Can I buy a private registration mark for someone else and keep it until I’m ready to give it as a gift?
Q4: If I want to change the name of the person who the personal number- plate is for, can I do this after I’ve bought it but before I start the transfer?
Q5: What is the Government retention scheme?
Q6: How can I pay for my private registration number?


Q1: I've just placed my number plate order online, what happens next?

Firstly you should receive an e-mail confirmation of your order sent to the e-mail address you have given us*.Once your payment has been cleared by our bank you will receive a second e-mail with further details.
If you do not receive these then please check that the e-mail address you have given us is correct and active (it must be typed in lower case letters, not BLOCK CAPITALS). Then check that your mailbox is not over-full so that our mail can be received there. If this fails to resolve the problem then please contact us with an alternative e-mail address.
We will also be sending your confirmation of purchase documents (by first class post), and depending on which service level you have requested (together with the method of payment you have chosen) a request for certain transfer documents to be completed and returned to us in the reply envelope provided. What documents are required? ...Top

These should arrive within three to four business days so please allow sufficient time before contacting us to advise us of non-delivery.

*In the case of New-Release offers you will receive 2 e-mails confirming your instructions and advising you of what happens next. Transfer work cannot commence until your offer to purchase the registration mark(s) is/are accepted by the Minister for Transport on the specified registration mark issue day. Transfers will be completed after your new vehicle has been registered.

Q2: How do I search for my new registration mark?

You can click the "Find A Number Plate" Tab and search our database yourself, or the "Search Assistance" tab to complete an enquiry form which will allow us to search ALL the 45 million-plus number plates on the UK and Irish market, for you. Or you can call us at local rate on 01792 477316 for an up to the minute result. ...Top

Q3: Can I buy a private registration mark for someone else and keep it until I’m ready to give it as a gift?

Yes, you don't even need a vehicle of your own to purchase a registration mark. Certificates are initially valid for 10 years but a registration mark can be kept on a certificate indefinitely. You can buy a registration for your son's 21st, husband's 50th, or as wedding anniversary gift for your wife. Registration marks are truly personal and unforgettable gifts to be kept for a lifetime. ...Top

Q4: If I want to change the name of the person who the personal number-plate is for, can I do this after I’ve bought it but before I start the transfer?

Yes the Government allows this. Once the transfer is underway you cannot change any details. You must apply for any such changes through us. ...Top

Q5: What is the Government retention scheme?

Once you have a number plate on a vehicle you are the registered keeper of, you have the sole right to transfer it to another vehicle or to a holding (retention) certificate. You will be required to pay one �80 future transfer fee in advance, in the first instance. ...Top

Q6: How can I pay for my private registration number?

We accept most major credit and debit cards. Bank debit cards we accept are:-Switch,Visa Electron,Visa Delta and UK Maestro. ...Top

Cheques, Postal Orders or Bankers Drafts
Make these payable to VRM Swansea.There is no processing fee but your order and transfer will be delayed whilst your payment arrives & obtains bank clearance (by 4 to 6 days).Please write the registration mark you are purchasing, on the reverse of your cheque. ...Top

Directly from your Bank or Building Society Account
You can also pay by automated bank transfer either at your branch, by telephone banking, or by internet banking. We do not make a processing charge for this method and clearance can be from minutes to 4 working days - please contact your account administrator to obtain our payment account details and to check transfer times. ...Top

Please quote the registration mark you are purchasing as your reference ...Top

Please not to send cash through the post, for obvious reasons

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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 Northern Ireland format (commonly known as Irish) registrations was the DVA, this is an acronym meaning the Driver Vehicle Agency.
DVLA is a registered trade mark of the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency. We liaise with 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 British i.e. issued and controlled by the DVLA Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency here in Swansea. They are only for display on vehicles registered in the UK and Northern Ireland.

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.

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 | Northern Ireland Format Number Plates | Private Number Plates