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Number Plates Information Services -Latest Number Plate Releases

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info & faq car registrationsThe Department for Transport through the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle licensing Agency)releases a new sequence of registration marks for sale to the public twice each year, in advance of the new car registration dates (which are scheduled to happen on the 1st March and 1st of September) eg. 07 registrations for cars registered after 1st March 2007 and 57 registrations for cars registered after 1st September 2007.

The public are invited to purchase the rights to these registration marks approximately 3 months in advance, which can then be transferred later, ONLY to new vehicles registered after these new car registration dates.
Occasionally there will also be issues of previously unreleased marks eg E prefix plates followed by indexes 1-20 in October 2004.

Once the release date has been confirmed such registrations will be listed on our website together with prices. You may then place your offer to acquire a registration mark through our site or over the telephone in the normal way. On the release date, your offer will be made to the Secretary of State for Transport for consideration, on a first come, first served basis.

The Secretary of State for Transport is not obliged to accept any particular offer and so we advise you to consider giving us your second and third choices in the numbering sequence, as alternatives acceptable to you. The Secretary of State for transport always reserves the right to alter the price of any previously- unissued registration mark and/or withdraw it from sale at any time.

In most cases your offer will be accepted and we shall begin the transfer procedure for you.
In the unlikely event that your offer is not accepted for any reason and there are no alternative registration marks within your budget suitable to you, then you will receive a full refund of any monies lodged with us, minus any payment card processing fees, which unfortunately are non-refundable to us by our bank.

NB : Whilst our web ordering system and confirmation e-mails do presently state that transfer works will be undertaken immediately, obviously we cannot arrange for any certificates of entitlement to be issued BEFORE THE ACTUAL REGISTRATION MARK RELEASE DATE and cannot transfer these new marks BEFORE THE FIRST REGISTRATION DATES FOR THE NEW VEHICLES YOU MAY HAVE ORDERED (eg 1st March/1st September).

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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