This particular number plates question is asked at least once a week so I decided to make it the topic of today’s blog post. So how long can you keep a personalised registration on a DVLA Retention Document (V778) or on a Certificate of Entitlement (V750) without transferring it to a vehicle?
The answer is; as long as you like. It is fairly common for personalised registrations to be bought as gifts for children. The registration can be held on retention for as many years as it takes for the intended recipient to pass their driving test and get a car of their own. There used to be a fee of £25 payable to DVLA for every year that you kept the registration on a certificate or document, however since 9th March 2015 every retention document (V778) or certificate of entitlement (V750) issued by DVLA is valid for 10 years with no future fees to renew/extend.
What can I do if I have let my retention document or certificate of entitlement expire?
It is advisable to always renew your documents on time and to not let them expire, however, mistakes do happen and reminders sometimes get lost in the post. While DVLA documents state you lose your rights to your registration, an apologetic letter usually resolves the situation.
— DVLA (@DVLAgovuk) June 15, 2015
You will need to pay £25 for every year the certificate has expired to bring it in date up to 9th March 2015 (when the fee was abolished).
@HeloiseTsang Hi, if your retention expired on or after 09/03/15 there is no fee needed. Just send it back in to extend it for 10 years.
— DVLA (@DVLAgovuk) May 8, 2015
So to sum up, you can keep your personalised registration on certificate for as long as it suits you, but remember to always renew your document before it expires. Read this article if you are looking for information about how to place a private number plate on retention.