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.
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
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
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
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