As you browse the personalised numberplates we have for sale, you’ll notice they’re listed with different descriptions such as ‘AVAILABLE NOW’ or ‘CHECK IT NOW’. This guide will help you to understand the differences between the different types of personalised number plate.
New-Available nowJU57 NEW
You will be the first person to own the exclusive rights to use these personalised number plates. You can purchase these immediately with a choice of transfer options. You will find a wide range of prefix and current style plates that are available to buy and transfer straight away.
Q: What am I buying?
A: You’re buying the sole rights to display a “Government owned and controlled” vehicle registration mark. The government always remains the ultimate ‘owner’ of every vehicle registration mark but they allow the rights to display the mark to be legally bought and sold. You (or any other person you choose) will be nominated as the sole user of the registration mark and once it’s assigned to your designated vehicle, you will have full control over its future sale and transfer.
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Pre-owned—Available nowCH63 KED
These personalized number plates are already in private ownership but are currently available to buy. Some are held on certificates and some are being used on vehicles. The circumstances of each registration (such as whether they are on a certificate or vehicle) determines the timescale and the transfer options available. In most cases the best option is to let us to complete the transfer for you, ensuring the transaction is secure and completed as smoothly as possible.
To search for a pre-owned personalized numberplate, take a look at these areas:
Pre-owned—Check it nowP230 WND
These personalised number plates are already in private ownership and we are acting for the seller as their agent. If you enquire into one of these we will contact the seller to confirm availability and other details. Some registrations are held on certificates and some are being used on vehicles. The circumstances of each registration (such as whether they are on a certificate or vehicle) determine the timescale and the transfer options available. In most cases the best option for peace of mind is to let us to complete the transfer for you, ensuring the transaction is secure and completed as smoothly as possible.
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New release - How to buyRE13 ASE
These personalised number plates are latest-series government releases which occur twice each year. They have never existed before and will be released as part of the next registration mark sequence, becoming valid after the new car registration period begins (scheduled for the 1st March and 1st September each year). The public are invited to purchase the rights to these personalised number plates approximately 3-4 months in advance (usually in June and November each year). Anyone can order these registrations but they can only be assigned to vehicles that are due to be registered after the following new registration period date.
Once the release date has been confirmed, such registrations will be listed on our website as ‘New release-How to buy’ together with their prices. You may then place your offer to acquire a registration mark either through our website or over the telephone in the normal way. On the release date your offer will be presented to the Secretary of State for Transport for consideration on a first come, first served basis.
To find out more about these personalised number plates, take a look at the new releases area.
Registrations ‘Under Offer’ already have a sale proceeding on them. However, you can still make an enquiry and we will hold your details on file in case the sale does not reach completion.