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Buy a Personalised Number Plate GuideBuying as a gift

Buying a personalised number plate as a gift? Don’t worry—we know how to keep a secret! We offer a number of services designed to help you surprise that special person but here’s a very important tip:

Once the transfer assignment is submitted to the DVLA, the new documents will be sent by them directly to the keeper of the vehicle. If this person is supposed to be the surprised recipient of this special gift, then we advise delaying the transfer assignment until just after their special day.

The services we can offer vary depending on whether you are buying a new, previously unissued personalised number plate or a pre-owned personalised number plate (our website will tell you which). To find out more about these types of registration mark, please visit the Plate Status area. Plate Status area.

Plates4Less kept everything a secret until Jackie's birthday—she was really surprised and delighted!

Linda, Wakefield

New registration marks—choosing your transfer option

Do-it-Yourself Transfer Assignment

We'll send you the official government certificate, known as a V750 Certificate of Entitlement, bearing the new registration mark. When you are ready to complete the transfer assignment you can either handle this yourself or let the person you are buying for take care of it. The V750 is valid for 10 years and can be renewed for longer if necessary. Once the registration mark is assigned to a vehicle there is no expiry date to worry about and no ongoing fees.

For more information about this service check out these areas:


Done-for-You Transfer Assignment—transfer immediately

If the vehicle documents are all in place then the transfer can be completed straight away. The vehicle documents will be exchanged for new ones that show the new personalized numberplate, usually with 2 weeks. Alternatively, if you would like the transfer completed for a special date, let us know and we will aim to complete the transfer as close to that date as possible.

For more information about this service check out these areas:


Done-for-You Transfer Assignment—transfer later

Please note that if the recipient of the surprise is also the registered keeper of the vehicle (i.e., they’re named on the V5C Vehicle Registration Certificate) then we advise delaying the assignment of the personalised number plate to their vehicle until after you have told them of this gift. This is because once the assignment or transfer of the new registration mark has been completed, the updated documents will be sent directly back to them by the DVLA, alerting them to the change. If you are unable to get hold of their documents without giving the surprise away, then simply choose to complete the transfer at a later date.

Thank you for making my experience a stress-free and easy process when purchasing my personal plate from you and transferring my own plate to my son's car. Your staff have been very friendly and helpful throughout the process and I will certainly recommend anyone to have confidence in buying their plates through yourselves.

Julie

You can find out more about opting for a later transfer in these areas:


New registration marks—our extra touches

A New Set of Number Plates

We can send these out by First Class post before the transfer assignment is completed so that you have something to give to the recipient on their special day. If you’ve left it until the last minute it may still be possible to get the number plates out on time — just contact our friendly sales team to discuss your options.


Gift certificate

You could also give them a personalised Gift Certificate complete in a presentation folder and sent to you the same day that your order is placed. We use Royal Mail's Special Delivery service—guaranteed by 1pm the next weekday (excluding bank holidays) as long as your order is placed before 2pm! See a gift certificate (opens in new window).


Plain envelopes

If required, we can send all of our mail in plain envelopes so that we can carry out the personalised number plate transfer without that special someone finding out. There will be no mention of number plates or registration marks on the envelopes.

Please note that we do need to put our return address on all mail. This will simply say: VRM SWANSEA, PO Box 465, Swansea, SA1 8YN.

To find out more about these options visit our Placing an order area.


Pre-owned registration marks—choosing your transfer option

Transfer to a registered vehicle now

If the vehicle documents are all in place then the transfer can be completed straight away. The vehicle documents will be exchanged for new ones that show the new personalised number plate usually with 4 - 6 weeks. For more information about this service check out these areas:

For more information about this service, check out these areas:


Done-for-You Transfer Assignment—transfer later

Please note that if the recipient of the surprise is also the registered keeper of the vehicle (i.e., they’re named on the V5C Vehicle Registration Certificate) then we advise delaying the assignment of the personalised numberplate to their vehicle until after you have told them of this gift. This is because once the assignment or transfer of the new personalised number plate has been completed the updated documents will be sent directly back to them, by the DVLA, alerting them to the change. If you are unable to get hold of their documents without giving the surprise away then simply choose to complete the transfer at a later date. This way you can give the registration as a gift and let the recipient finish off the transfer for themselves.

I used Plates4Less to purchase a personalised plate for my wife as a surprise for Christmas. I asked Plates4Less to handle everything for me and I couldn't be happier with the service I received. I was regularly updated via email and the service went so smooth and quick I couldn't believe it.

Rob M

You can find out more about opting for a later transfer in these areas:


Pre-owned registration marks—choosing your extras

A New Set of Number Plates

We can only send these out by First Class post upon receipt of proof of identification from the purchaser and upon notification from the DVLA that the transfer has been successful.


Gift certificate

We can also offer a personalised Gift Certificate, complete in an attractive presentation folder, which is sent to you once the transfer has been completed. We use Royal Mail's Special Delivery service—guaranteed by 1pm the next weekday (excluding bank holidays)! See a gift certificate (opens in new window).


Plain envelopes

If requested, we can send our mail in plain envelopes to help prevent that someone special finding out. There will be no mention of 'personalised number plates' or 'registration marks' on the envelopes.

Please note that we do need to put our return address on all mail. This will simply say: VRM SWANSEA, PO Box 465, Swansea, SA1 8YN.

To find out more about these options visit our Placing an order area.

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