DVLA Personalised Number Plate Fees Explained

There are fees payable to DVLA to perform certain tasks relating to personalised number plate ownership. Here is a brief summary of the various types of fees and what they cover.

Put a registration mark on retention; £80
(used to cost £105 – reduced 9th March 2015)

This is simply when you wish to separate your private number plate from a vehicle and keep it on a retention document (V778), rather than transfer it to another vehicle. You can apply online to take a registration number off a vehicle, or if you prefer the paper route, complete form V317 – Application to transfer or retain a vehicle registration number. Read more about how to retain a private number plate.

Transfer a personalised registration; £80

This is when you want to move a personalised registration between vehicles, typically from your old car to your new car. The DVLA form to complete is the V317 – Application to transfer or retain a vehicle registration number. It may be quicker & easier to complete your plate transfer as a two-step process online; first retaining and then assigning your private number plate to your new vehicle.

Extend a retention document (V778) or certificate of entitlement (V750); free
(used to cost £25, fee abolished on 9th March 2015)

If you already have a Retention Document or Certificate of Entitlement it may be valid for one, two or three years. All V778 documents/V750 certificates issued from 9th March 2015 are valid for 10 years. During the 28 days before your document/certificate is due to expire you can apply to extend it – no fee payable. After 10 years you can apply to extend again for another 10 years, free of charge. This article explains the difference between a V750 and a V778.

Add or change a Nominee; free
(used to cost £25)

When you are ready to assign or transfer a registration number to a car, the name on the V750/V778 DVLA Document (either Purchaser/Grantee or Nominee) must match the name of the registered keeper of the vehicle. This only applies if you are buying a brand new (unregisterred) vehicle, or submitting an application to assign a registration by post. If the names do not match you need to add a nominee; either via your DVLA online account, or by completing the relevant section of your DVLA Certificate. If you use the DVLA online service to put a cherished plate on a vehicle, the nominee is completely irrelevant; the names do not need to match. For example; A private plate held on a retention document with the grantee ‘Andrea Brown’ can be put on a vehicle showing the registered keeper ‘Simon Smith’. At the moment this relaxed rule only applies if you complete the assignment online. Grantee and Nominee explained.

If you have any further questions please visit the number plates & vehicle registration section of the GOV.UK website, or alternatively call the DVLA vehicle registration enquiries helpline on 0300 790 6802.

6 thoughts on “DVLA Personalised Number Plate Fees Explained

  1. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Stephen, You can have an age-related registration free of charge from DVLA. If you are the registered keeper on the V5C (log book), send it to DVLA with a covering letter stating you wish to give up all rights to the personalised registration and would like an age-related registration as a replacement. Full details can be found in the blog post ‘Ugly Number Plates‘.

  2. STEPHEN THOMAS

    HI I HAVE PURCHASED A CAR WITH A PRIVATE NUMBER PLATE. THE LAST OWNERS OF THE CAR DOES NOT WANT THE PLATE AND NEITHER DO I, SO DO I HAVE TO PAY TO HAVE THE ORIGINAL NUMBER PLATE PUT BACK ON, STEPHEN

  3. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Shak, You can’t change the Purchaser on a V750. The easiest way to take over the rights to the registration is to assign it to a vehicle on your name.

  4. Shak

    Hi I just brought a private plate off newreg and my v770 arrived.
    However under purchaser it says new regulations limited.

    And my name is under the nominee instead. Will this be an issue and is there a way to change the purchaser name to my name

  5. Chris

    Hi mate, how do i transfer a cherished reg number to my car if the retention certificate is in someone else’s name? Do i have to go to the relevant post office, or send my docs through the post to the dvla?

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