How to assign a private number plate online

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.

Apply to take a number plate off a vehicle

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.

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Apply by post to separate a personalised registration from a car.

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.

Apply online to put a private number plate on a vehicle

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. You will receive a confirmation email with a number plate authorisation certificate (eV948) attached. This can be used to purchase new number plates without waiting for the replacement V5C (log book) to arrive. Remember to notify your motor insurer/tracker provider/recovery agent of your new registration.

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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.

Supercar Superstar? Simply Registrations Appears on TV

If you’re a fan of fast and stylish supercars, you may well have caught the recent Channel 4 programme, Supercars: The Million Pound Motors, that graced our screens on the 8th April this year. The more eagle-eyed among you may also have noticed a familiar face paying the Tom Hartley dealership a visit – yes, that’s right, Simply Registrations’ very own James Saperia.

James had joined a group of members from Supercar Driver, when they headed to the dealership in Swadlincote to see what was on offer for these keen supercar owners & collectors. Simply Registrations’ 5 seconds of fame showed Carl Hartley, son of Tom Hartley Senior, chatting to James as he sets out to prove that he’s ready to step into his dad’s shoes and start selling supercars, rather than just being involved in the buying process.

James Saperia TV appearance

Carl can be heard saying to James: “So all I’m saying is, if you want to buy it you can – if you don’t want to, I’ve got it for sale anyway.”

Is James about to buy a Ferrari?!

Well, who wouldn’t, given the right opportunity?! But alas, I’m sorry to report that James wasn’t negotiating a deal on his very own supercar, but was actually discussing something more in line with his own business interests… a cherished number plate.

Tom Hartley Cars had recently taken a vehicle into stock that came complete with a personalised registration, and although the edit didn’t show this clearly, that was the actual focus of the conversation caught on camera! Carl, knowing that James works in this field, was seeing if he wanted to do a deal on the private number plate – rather than a car itself.

So while I’d love to reveal that the next time you see James, it’ll be behind the wheel of a Bentley, Lamborghini or something just as super, I’m afraid that the conversation’s context wasn’t really quite clear. No new car for James just yet.

As for the number plate in question… James decided it wasn’t the right kind of registration to have and hold onto until a buyer came along, but we feel sure that Carl’s well-taught selling skills will clinch a sale soon enough.

Is Buying a Personalised Number Plate Complicated?

This is a popular question when someone is considering buying a personalised number plate. So, is buying a personalised number plate complicated?

The simple answer is no; buying from a dealer should mean a hassle-free transaction for the client. The dealer handles the paperwork and DVLA procedures on your behalf.

Some of the most recent private number plate transfers we carried out were completed the same day. Here is a summary of the procedure; the client gets in touch with an enquiry about a particular registration. They will generally have a few questions to ask and providing they get the right answers an agreement is reached.

The client has the option of coming over in person with their V5C Registration Certificate (log-book). We have a coffee and a chat while the payment goes through and then complete the plate transfer via the new DVLA online facility. Minutes later the transfer is complete and the plates can be fitted to the car. The client contacts their motor insurer and tracker provider to notify the change of registration.

It is not convenient for every client to come over in person, so sometimes the client sends their vehicle documents to us. We complete the transfer and advise as soon as everything is complete. The plates can go on the vehicle  and the new V5C Registration Certificate is sent direct to the client from DVLA Swansea.

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The last step in the process involves the client taking a photo of their car or motorbike proudly displaying their new number plates. We upload the images to the number plates photos page of the Simply Registrations website.

If you have any specific questions, they may already be covered on the FAQs page. If you can’t find the answers you’re looking for, give us a call on 0113 288 7553 and we will happily discuss any concerns you may have.

James has a simply ‘FAB’ time marking tenth anniversary of his business

When Wakefield-based entrepreneur James Saperia was looking for a special way to mark the tenth anniversary of his personalised number plate business, Simply Registrations, he found the perfect solution when he successfully bid to win a trip to the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Manufacturing Plant in Goodwood, West Sussex, in a Bespoke Pink Rolls-Royce, with the number plate FAB 1.

James Saperia with FAB 1 and WraithJames Saperia with FAB 1 & Wraith

James’s day out was one of a selection ‘money can’t buy’ auction prizes offered by Breast Cancer Care as part of the charity’s FAB 1 Million campaign, run with the backing and support of DJ and television presenter Chris Evans and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, with the aim of raising £1m for the charity over a twelve month period.

James has always been fascinated by private number plates. He began buying and selling a few individual registrations with the aim of making enough money to get a deposit together to buy his first house. Ten years later the business is now well established and James prides himself in dealing personally with customers (many of whom come back on a regular basis).

James said: “I was delighted to support the charity as my Mum lost her mum to breast cancer when she was just 29 years old. Also, another close relative was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple of years ago.”

He added: “Having the opportunity to be chauffeur driven in the FAB1 Million Rolls-Royce Ghost, with such an eye-catching number plate was a fabulous experience, along with a private tour of the manufacturing plant and lunch with one of their designers. The icing on the cake was having the opportunity to test drive Wraith, the most powerful motor car Rolls-Royce has ever built.”


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Good News for Motorists in Northern Ireland with Personalised Number Plates

Personalised number plate transfers are set to become much easier for motorists in Northern Ireland from July 2014. The proposed merger of the Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Northern Ireland and the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Great Britain brings with it changes to the registration assignment rules.

As things stand it is not possible retain a cherished number, or to assign a personalised plate from a DVLA issued V778 retention document to a Northern Ireland registered vehicle. All that will change from 21st July 2014 as facilities currently available to motorists with vehicles registered at DVLA Swansea will be rolled out to motorists in Northern Ireland.

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From Monday 14th July 2014 motorists in Northern Ireland should send applications for assignments, transfers and retentions to:

Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency
SA99 1DP

More information on how to place a registration on retention can be found here: