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
All personalised number plates 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
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