Assigning or transferring a private number plate to a car got a whole lot easier recently. You can now apply online to put a private number plate on a vehicle. It doesn’t matter whether the plate is currently registered to a vehicle, or held on a V750 certificate of entitlement/V778 retention document – the entire transfer could be completed in less than five minutes.
If the private plate is held on a vehicle the transfer has to be processed in two stages. First you remove the plate from the car (place it on retention). This is done by inputting the document reference number from the V5C registration document (log book). The fee of £80 can be paid by debit or credit card.
Most applications are accepted online, however not all registrations can be retained using this new service. If you get a message saying ‘this registration number cannot be retained online’ you will have to complete form V317 and apply by post. It costs the same as an online application (£80) but can only be paid by cheque or postal order.
If your online retention application is successful you are ready to move on to stage two. Using the code provided onscreen (retention certificate number) you can now complete the transfer.
If you already have a V750 certificate of entitlement or V778 retention document you can assign your cherished number plate online using the link above.
It is important the V5C registration document (log book) for the vehicle you want the private plate to be transferred to is already registered in your name and address. If you recently bought the vehicle and are not yet the registered keeper you should wait until you have the complete V5C (log book).
If your application is successful you should fit new number plates straight away. Remember to notify your motor insurer/tracker provider/recovery agent of your new registration.
Some applications to put a personalised number plate on a vehicle cannot be processed online and have to be sent to DVLA by post. If you get a message saying ‘this registration number cannot be assigned’ follow the instructions in section 1 on the certificate of entitlement or retention document. Postal applications should be sent to:
DVLA Personalised Registrations, Swansea, SA99 1DS
If you have any questions about the new online plate transfer service please leave a reply in the comment box at the bottom of this page. If you would like to speak to someone at DVLA, call the vehicle enquiries team on 0300 790 6802.