The registration plate transfer process is easy but can be daunting if you've never done it before. Here we will explain in detail the procedures involved with assigning, transfering and retaining personalised number plates.
When you buy a personalised number, you're infact buying the right to assign the number to a vehicle and display it on it's number plates. The vehicle can be registered in your name, or the name of someone else ('the nominee')
If you have bought a personalised number, you'll need to apply to DVLA to assign it to a vehicle. It can be used on a vehicle that is registerested or about to be registered, taxed and used in Great Britain.
You will need the following:
You can add a nominee when assining the registration number by:
If you need to tax the vehicle at the same time you will need:
If you don't assign your number to a vehicle and the certificate of entitlement is about to run out you will receive a reminder from us. You can renew it for up to 10 years - otherwise you will lose the right to assign it to your vehicle.
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You can transfer your registration:
You can't transfer a registration number:
Both Vehicles must be:
of a type that needs an MOT or heavy goods vehicle (HGV) test certificate,
Both vehicles should be currently taxed. However, if the vehicle that currently has the registration number is not taxed, you can still apply as long as:
You'll need to complete a V317 'application to transfer or retain a vehicle registration number' - if the number is being transfered to someone else's vehicle, then both registered keepers must complete the application.
You should also include:
If either vehicle needs taxing you will also need to enclose:
If you're the registered keeper of a vehicle, you can apply to remove a registration number form the vehicle and hold it on a retention document (V778) for 10 years.
You can retain the registration in your name or someone else's name. This costs £80 for a 10 Year Retention Document
To retain the registration number, the vehicle must be:
The vehicle should also be taxed, unless:
Send the following to DVLA Swansea -
If the vehicle also need taxing you will need to include:
In order for vehicles to take part in the 'Cherished Transfer Scheme' they must comply with DVLA rules regarding Tax/Sorn.
If a vehicle has no Tax it can still have registrations transfered on and off if the application to transfer the registration mark is lodged within 5 years of the most recent Tax expiry date.
Vehicles which (due to age) are TAX exempt must still be taxed and renewed every year.
Vehicles which (due to age) are MOT exempt (pre 1960 will be required by DVLA to have a voluntary MOT in order to qualify for a Cherished Transfer.