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How to complete a Registration Transfer

To legally display a private registration on a vehicle, you must complete a registration transfer. The registration transfer process will notify the DVLA to update your vehicle details with the new registration mark. This will allow you to legally display your private registration, and drive the vehicle without being fined.

If you need to transfer a registration that you have already purchased, you can do this online with the DVLA. You will need a government holding certificate (V750 Certificates of Entitlement or V778 Certificates of Retention) for you to complete the transfer, whenever you are ready.

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How do registration transfers work?

If you have purchased or are purchasing a private registration with us, you can also upgrade your order and opt for us to complete the registration transfer for you. We professionally process your documents in order to complete the registration transfer, and then personally deliver them to the DVLA Transfer Team for you, ensuring accuracy, speed and safe delivery.

You may also ask us to work directly with your vehicle dealer, or to retain or transfer any other registration marks you own. More information regarding this service is provided to you during the purchase process.

If you haven't already found the perfect private registration, then start searching below, we have a massive array to choose from. As soon as you find what you are looking for, our website will guide you through the registration transfer options that are available to you, making the process as easy as possible.

What registration transfer rules do I need to consider?

In order to have a private number plate transferred to your vehicle, the vehicle must be:

  • An appropriate age to receive the private number plate.
  • Registered, or due to be registered, in Great Britain or Northern Ireland, in your name or in the name of the Nominee. The Nominee name must match the present registered Keeper of the vehicle, which can be you, someone else or a firm such as a leasing company.
  • Taxed, due to be taxed, or have a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) in place at the time of the transfer assignment application. Please note that your vehicle will need to be taxed if it's had a SORN in place for longer than 5 years.
  • A type that has, or will have, an MOT or Goods Vehicle Test (GVT) certificate.
  • Not registered in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, or carry a Q registration plate.

Can agricultural vehicles take part in a registration transfer?

Only MOT testable vehicles can take part in the registration transfer scheme e.g. not tractors, road repairing machines or agricultural vehicles.

Do I have to transfer the private number plate straight away?

No, not If the private registration is a previously unissued one. If you will be the first owner of the registration plate, then a registration transfer can be completed whenever you're ready. The registration can be held on a certificate forever, though after ten years you will need to renew your certificate, which may incur an additional cost.

You can still place an order for the private registration even if you don't have a vehicle yet. The private registration mark will be removed from general sale immediately so that no one else can buy it. As always, the government insists that their statutory transfer fee, presently £80, is paid at the time of purchase, even if you are delaying the transfer until later.

If the private registration is pre-owned, where it has been previously issued to someone else then the registration process is slightly different. Delaying a transfer in this scenario may incur an additional cost.

As soon as you find the perfect private plate to purchase, our website will guide you through the registration transfer options that are available to you for that specific plate, and at that time, making the process as easy as possible.

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