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Number Plates FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Car Registrations FAQ We have answered the most frequently asked questions below. Just click on the question to reveal the answer. If you cannot find the question you are looking for, you can always email us with your query info@plates4less.co.uk

Finding and Buying a Number Plate

Q1: I've just placed my number plate order online, what happens next?
Q2: How do I search for my dream registration mark?
Q3: Can I Buy a 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 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 registration mark?
Q7: What registrations can I have on my vehicle?

Owining a Car Registration

Q1: What happens to my old number plates?
Q2: Do I need to inform my insurers that I have a new registration mark?
Q3: Getting your new number plates made up?
Q3: Once I own a private number plate can I transfer it when I change my vehicle?
Q4: What is the Government retention scheme?
Q5: What if my vehicle is stolen and not recovered or ‘written off’?

Transfer Rules

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 already have a personal number plate that I want to transfer to my wife’s car at the same time as transferring my new plate to my car, can this be done?
Q6: Will my vehicle need to be inspected by the Department of 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?

DIY Transfer Rules

Q1: Why aren't I able to do the transfer myself on all the number plates you have for sale?
Q2: Can I purchase an Irish registration mark and do the transfer myself to save money?
Q3: I’m thinking of ordering a registration mark and doing the transfer myself, what happens after I’ve placed my order with you?

Done-For-You Transfer Rules

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 already have a personal number plate that I want to transfer to my wife’s car at the same time as transferring my new plate to my car, can this be done?
Q6: Will my vehicle need to be inspected by the Department of 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?

Q - Plates

Q1: My vehicle has a "Q" prefix registration number plate. Can it participate in the transfer and retention schemes and thus have a personalised plate transfered to it?
Q2: What is a Q prefix DVLA Number plate and are they transferable?
Q3: Can I buy a Q Plate and have it transfered to my vehicle?
Q4: What is a non-transferable number?
 
 
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Important Private Number plates and DVLA Information

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 Irish number plates was DVA, this acronym meaning the Driver Vehicle Agency.
 
DVLA is a registered trade mark of the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency. We contract 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.

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 | Irish Number Plates DVA NI | Private Number Plates