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.

Apply online to put a private number plate on a vehicle

If you have a V750 Certificate of Entitlement (pink) or a V778 Retention Document (green) you can apply to assign your cherished number plate online using the link above. 

(If your private plate is currently attached to a vehicle and you want to transfer it to another vehicle, skip to the relevant paragraph near the end of this article.)

The V5C Registration Certificate (for the vehicle receiving your private plate) must show the correct registered keeper details (name and address). If you recently bought the vehicle and are not yet the registered keeper, wait until you have the complete V5C (log book).

Follow the instructions provided on the GOV.UK website. You don’t have to pay a fee to DVLA when you put a number plate on a vehicle providing the registration is held on a valid V778 document or V750 certificate that has not expired.

If your application is successful you should fit new number plates as soon as possible.

application successful to put a number plate on a car

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 by post.

application successful to put a number plate on a car

Remember to notify your motor insurer/tracker provider/recovery agent of your new registration. Some motor insurers charge an administration fee to update your policy.

Unable to complete your application online?

Unfortunately not all applications to put a personalised number plate on a vehicle can be processed online. In some cases you may need to submit your paperwork to DVLA by post. If you get a message saying ‘this registration number cannot be assigned’, contact DVLA using the telephone number on-screen. If the message states ‘we need to look into your application further due to the vehicle’s licensing history‘ you will have to submit your application by post. Follow the instructions in section 1 of the certificate of entitlement or retention document. Postal applications should be sent to:

DVLA Personalised Registrations, Swansea, SA99 1DS

My private plate is held on a vehicle and I want to swap it over to a different vehicle
If the private plate is held on a vehicle, the transfer has to be processed in two stages. First you remove the plate (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. (The second stage is assigning to a vehicle following the instructions from the beginning of this article.)

Apply to take a number plate off a vehicle and place it on retention

It is not necessary to retain your vehicle’s existing (standard-issue) registration when assigning a private number plate. Should you retain your private plate in the future it is highly likely your car will be reunited with the original registration. More information about replacement registrations.

For more information please visit the number plates & vehicle registration section at GOV.UK or contact DVLA.

230 thoughts on “How to assign a private number plate online

  1. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Patsy, The majority of online applications are successful. If you have any problems I suggest speaking to the company who supplied your personalised registration.

  2. Patsy

    Hi James

    I am totally new to personalised registrations, and would like to query my scenario with you please. I have recently purchased a three month old demonstration vehicle. I have also purchased a personalised plate from another source.

    I’ve now received the V778 green form, plus a Power of Attorney form “for the purpose or transfer of the vehicle registration”. Both documents have come from the company selling the personalised plate. The V778 form states the grantee’s name and address, and has been signed and dated, presumably by the company selling the plate. It also states my name as the nominee.

    With this in mind, when I receive my new vehicle registration document from the DVLA, am I then able to go online and register my personalised plate to my new vehicle, or does the fact that it has gone through a Power of Attorney process alter things?

  3. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Christine, The instruction from DVLA is to fit new plates as soon as possible (see screen-shot in blog post).

  4. Christina McColl

    I have put my private plate on retention as I am selling my car. I have received the new V5 with the original reg plate. Can I drive my car legally with the private reg still on it for a few days until I hand it over as part exchange or do I need to have the new plates made up and pay for them!

  5. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Robert, If you taxed the car online you will have to wait until the following day for the changes to update on the system.

  6. James Saperia Post author

    Hi David, The plates should be fitted as soon as possible on receiving notification from DVLA the transfer is complete. As soon as the plates are fitted you should notify your motor insurer.

  7. robert gregson

    Hi I have have the new v5c document and the retention document but i have tried to do on-line but it will not let me so i taxed the car but still will not let me is this because it is out of hour been on a Sunday????

  8. David Cole

    Hi,

    I’ve just brought a private number plate, i have the V750 from the DVLA.

    Once I send this of and receive the new log book how long do I have before I have to change the plates?

    I want to fit the new plates on Christmas day, is there a period of time that you have to keep the old plates on while the new plates are made up?

    At what point must you tell the insurance company?

  9. Calvin

    Hi James,

    I’m selling my car in the next 2 weeks and it currently has my private plate on it. I’d like to have the revised reg document (with the old plate on it) at time of handing the car over, however also keen to avoid any admin fee with the insurance company.

    If I apply to revert the reg online, how long do I have to change the plates over? (presumably there’s a grace period for people that don’t have the old plates to hand?).

    Thanks,

    Calvin

  10. James Saperia Post author

    Hi John, Yes you can apply to assign your private plate at the same time as notifying DVLA you are the new keeper but only if the application is submitted by post. The DVLA online service can’t handle a joint application to change the keeper and put a plate on at the same time.

  11. John

    James,

    Great resource.

    I’ve just reserved a used car from the dealer and I’m keen to minimise the time until I may plate on the car. If I take my V750 along with me at time of purchase am I correct in thinking that this can be submitted at the same time as the Dealer submits the V5C?

    It seems the alternative (perhaps only way) it to await the arrival on the V5C in my name and then submit both.

    Thanks in advance,

  12. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Han, If that is what the dealer told you, you have to assume it is correct. When you subsequently retain the registration you can choose who will be Grantee.

  13. keith

    Hi there i have purchesed a private reg online they have sent the plates out and i had to send them my v5 documents for my car which they process and i should recieve my new v5 through the post. Can i put the plates on the car while i wait for the v5 or should i wait untill the v5 is here.

    Thanks

    Keith

  14. Han Maurice

    Hi James, I purchased a private plate off a dealer and it was put on a retention cert with the dealer as a grantee and I as a nominee. I was told I can assign the plate to a car being a nominee any time with no prior consent from the grantee. Is this correct? Similarly when I take the plate off can I put myself as a grantee (being the owner). thanks

  15. patrick cook

    my car has been written off but got my private plate on my car at the moment and cant find log book but got old registration number that i had taken off the vehicle

  16. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Phil, If you assign your plate online DVLA will send a new V5C to the address currently showing. If that it not appropriate you may wish to advise DVLA of the correct address first.

  17. Phil

    I have a private Reg number on a retention cert but the new vehicle V5 has arrived with the wrong house number,
    Can I use details off V5 to assign number or do I have to correct details on V5 and wait for replcement to arrive first

  18. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Craig, It sounds like you haven’t been given the correct V5C log book. I suggest you speak to the motor dealer who you bought the car from to see if you can get matters resolved.

  19. Craig B

    Thank you for you’re reply
    I tried to tax my car (Audi) online using the v5c/2 form and it’s coming up as a Land Rover and not my Audi so the new owner must of now swapped the plate over to their new car but now I can’t tax my car as haven’t had the log book back in my name yet with the new number plate.
    Does this mean I can’t drive it? I hope I won’t get in trouble I can’t see how I go about taxing the car in the meantime.

    Thanks

  20. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Craig, You can tax the car online but you must use the document reference number from section 10 of the log book; V5C/2 New Keeper’s Supplement (green). The car should be insured using the current registration (private plate). You should notify your motor insurer once the plate changes following the cherished transfer. Things are being made awkward for you because the previous owner failed to separate the private plate from the car before it was handed to the motor trader. I suspect the car is now ‘in-trade’ so DVLA will not process a plate transfer until a new keeper is added. That will probably mean you liaising with the garage and retaining the private plate once you have a V5C log book with you as the registered keeper.

  21. Craig B

    Hope you can help.
    I’ve purchased a used car from a dealer they sold the car to me with a private plate on but is currently being transferred and will go back to the original number plate. They said they would send me the plates and phone me when the previous owner gets his revised v5c log book back so i have a number to tax it on (then they will complete change of owner so I get a log book) in the mean time though I’m stuck as I can’t drive the car can I? The car today online is showing not taxed on the private plate, maybe it’s just going through today but I’m worried I can’t drive the car until I have a call from dealer saying I can tax it under new plate. Not sure of insurance implications if it’s not taxed under correct plate/ person.
    I did get the new keeper form but that was under the private reg? Should I just tax the car on that even though the dealer said not to and it’s not the right plate? I’m very confused thanks in advance for your help.

  22. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Mark, Hopefully it will work as your suggestion in the not too distant future. However, for the time being you have to wait until the V5C log book arrives following a change of keeper, before you can put your private plate on your new car.

  23. Mark

    Hi James,

    If buying a used car from a dealer can’t I get my private plate (currently on retention) transferred onto the car there and then using the online service? (2 steps)

    1. Dealer logs sale and new keeper details (myself) online when I pay in full. (I receive email notification immediately)
    2. I then log my private plate transfer as DVLA database would have been updated we me as keeper in stage 1.

    DVLA then send new log book to me with both new keeper and private plate applied (it might turn out I get 2 separate V5s, first for keeper, then from private plate)

    Will this not work?

    Regards,
    Mark,

  24. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Zoe, I’m not sure why you think you need to wait for the V5C log book to arrive by post. The MOT and tax is automatically switched over to your new plate as part of the process. Use the Vehicle Enquiry service to check the MOT/Tax status of your vehicle.

  25. Zoe

    Hi,

    I’ve had my private registration plates put onto my car, and disposed of the old ones as they were completely damaged on removal (glued on) I have informed my insurance of this change. I have now seen I have to wait for the v5 to arrive in the post. I am concerned my car will show no mot or tax if i was to be pulled over due to this early change, I just wasn’t aware is there anything i can do? I need the car for work and I don’t want to drive it if all is not legal.

    Thanks

  26. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Rachel, It depends how the car dealer plans to complete the transfer. It’s probably a good idea to contact the car dealer as he will definitely need the log book for your old car if he’s taking it in part-exchange.

  27. Rachel

    I’ve purchased a new car with a dealer and he’s sorting out changing my plate over to my new car. I’ve paid him the £80 to transfer it but I’ve just realised my log book for my old car is in my old address. I gave him my new address will my log book come to my new address or my old address!!! Please help

  28. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Russ, The only way to complete both the change of keeper and the assignment of the private plate in one transaction is by sending the paperwork to DVLA by post. If you do it online it must be done in two separate stages.

  29. Russ

    Hi James
    My friend has bought a new car and takes delivery on 1 Sep , I have purchased his old car, I have the Reg document in his name , and I have a number on retention, in my name.I want to put it on the road on 1 Sep with my number. Is it possible to assign the number and change the keeper in one transaction.
    Cheers Russ.

  30. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Jordan, Yes you can send the application by post to DVLA to have a new keeper added and have the plate assigned. You must tax the car (as the new keeper) before you submit the application, or include the application to tax with payment at the same time.

  31. Jordan Hughes

    Hello,
    I have purchased a car from someone a friend. I have just had a private number plate for my birthday I have the certificate, I haven’t yet changed the logbook on the car I have.

    Can I send the certificate and the logbook completed in my name off to the DVLA and will it then come back complete?

  32. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Rhona, Having retained your private plate you should fit replacement number plates to your car as soon as possible. The fact you intend to put another private plate on your car is unrelated to the first transfer. The good news is a set of standard number plates can be purchased for approximately £30; a good motor spares shop may even fit them for you.

  33. Rhona

    Hi, James,
    I have put my current number plate on retention and been given a new registration from DVLA but this is only a temporary measure as I wish to put a personalised registration (which I also have on retention) onto the car. Apparently I now have only 3 working days to use my current number plate before either fitting number plates for the registration given to me by DVLA or my personalised number plate. However, apparently I need to wait for the document from DVLA with the 11 digit number so I can put the personalised plates onto my car. What happens if this document doesn’t arrive within the 3 working days? Would I have to get plates made and fitted (with the appropriate costs) of the temporary registration and then assign my personalised registration when the document eventually arrives? Having a panic that it may all get costly and complicated!
    Many thanks.

  34. James Saperia Post author

    Hi David, Just click the link to assign a number plate online and follow the instructions on screen using the documents you already have. It doesn’t matter if the names don’t match between documents. Just make sure the vehicle is registered to the correct name and address (prior to making your application) as that is where DVLA will send a replacement V5C log book once the application is approved online. Please note; When you put a private plate on a car, the rights to the plate pass to the registered keeper of the vehicle.

  35. David

    Hi

    Can you please help, I have a private plate that I have registered in my businesses name, however I now want to register this in my name and also put the plate on a different car, do I have to get the retention done 1st so I can change ownership of the plate before putting this on a new vehicle? Am I then going to be charged £80 twice, one to retain it and then another £80 to allocate to the new vehicle?

    Thanks

  36. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Fawzi, First step; retain your private plate online. If your application is successful you should have the replacement log book in 2-3 working days. For your new car; if the dealer notifies DVLA of the change of keeper online you should again receive the new log book (in your name) in 2-3 working days. You can then apply online to assign your private plate to your new car.

  37. Fawzi Moosa

    Hi
    I am buying a used car from a dealer and I am part exchanging my car but would like to transfer my private plate on to the car I am purchasing
    The dealer said that I can’t collect the car till I apply for the retention and wait for the new log book before I can do the part exchange
    My question if I apply for the retention how long will it take to get the certificate and the new log book before I can do the swap over with the dealer and then how long do I need to wait to get the log book for the car I am buying before I can apply for my plate to be placed on the new car I am buying
    What is the best solution to remove my number plate from the car I own to the car I am buying on part exchange

  38. James Saperia Post author

    ble to Hi James, It can be done in one transaction if you submit the application by post to DVLA as you mention (include a cheque payable to DVLA for £80). You can swap the plates as soon as you receive the V5C Registration Certificate from DVLA confirming the transfer is complete. The retention document for the current plate will arrive by separate post, usually within a couple of days of the V5C.

  39. James S

    Hi James,

    I am purchasing a private plate and I am due to receive the V778 from the seller with sections 1 and 6 signed and dated. However, I want to retain the current plate on my car before placing the new plate on my car.

    Am I correct in thinking that I can send both the V778 Certificate (with myself entered as nominee on the v778 and the current reg of the car I want to transfer it to in section 1) and the retention application at the same time to the DVLA and receive a new V5C (showing the new reg) and retention certificate for the old reg in the post?

    I am trying to avoid the need for a temporary plate which I think is required if doing both of the above steps online. At what point can I put the plates on?

    Thanks very much.

  40. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Ian, You’re very welcome. I look forward to hearing more about it in due course.

  41. Ian D

    Thank you James, I will let you know what the registration mark is if the deal goes through; it is VERY special indeed.

  42. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Ian, It may only be necessary to add a nominee if a private plate is going on to a brand new (unregistered) vehicle. The online retention system doesn’t allow a nominee to be added.

  43. Ian D

    Ah no worries, I had just read something about adding the “nominee” (had the wrong wording) at the time of removing the reg, otherwise the system wouldn’t recognise the name on the virtual V788 from matching that of the new vehicle’s V5C. Maybe doesn’t apply anymore.

  44. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Ian, The online retention process is fully automated and will generate a V778 retention document in the name & address of the registered keeper (as shown on the V5C for the vehicle it is currently registered to). The only way to get a different name & address as Grantee on the V778, is to submit a paper retention application by post to DVLA using form V317. If the retention application online is successful but you aren’t able to assign to your vehicle online, you may wish to consider using an escrow service via a solicitor or a trusted number plate dealer.

  45. Ian D

    James, many thanks for your reply, great help. One last thing, would changing the Purchaser/Grantee be worthwhile anyway at the “remove reg from vehicle” stage just to protect myself as a buyer in case for whatever reason there is a complication with adding it to my vehicle (assuming I’ve already paid the sell by then); at least then the V788 would come to me….or is that likely to cause a hiccup in the smooth process?

  46. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Ian, Your understanding is correct, effectively the plate can move from the seller’s vehicle to your vehicle in a few minutes providing the entire process is completed online. The Purchaser/Grantee stage is irrelevant if you assign the plate to a vehicle within 24 hours of the online retention application, this will also suppress the printing of the V778 at DVLA.

  47. Ian D

    Hi James, great article, what I’ve been looking for. Can you help ensure I have this right. I am about to buy a private reg from a private individual that has it currently assigned to his car. The reg is worth ALOT of money, so want to transfer the money at the same time as completing the entire process. I’m led to believe that he can transfer the reg off his car using the online service, then immediately will be supplied with a reference number that can then be used to assign to my vehicle. Obviously appreciating all the documentation required (we both have valid V5C’s), I can then use the same online service to assign to my car. The reg should then change from his ownership (via his V5C) to my ownership (via my V5C). Do we need to change the ‘Purchaser/Guarantee’ in the first state (I believe question 4) or that not relevant if then transferred to my car? Between completing those two processes, what is stopping DVLA issuing out a V788 to the current owner, I assume some sort of overlap that checks for new ownership first? Can you confirm this is correct? Email me if easier. Thanks, Ian

  48. James Saperia Post author

    Hi David, If your online application is successful you will receive a new V5C (log book) 2-3 working days later by post. You should destroy your old V5C once you have received the replacement.

  49. David Lee

    If I apply to DVLA online to change / replace the car registration to my private registration plate, do I need still need to send any paperwork to DVLA or do they send a new VC5 automatically.

  50. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Nick, You need to enlist the help of the BSA Owners’ Club (BSAOC). The BSAOC may be able to use the engine number or check details against historic records to help identify the bike. DVLA will consider an application further with supporting evidence from a recognised historic vehicle club.

  51. Nick Earnshaw

    Hi

    a few more details, the number plate originally came off a bsa motorcycle in oct 2014 the DVLA put the registration on a V778, the bike has since been fully restored and a registration was applied for for the bike the DVLA have said to the owner of the bike it will have to go on a Q plate the owner of the bike has been arguing with the DVLA and said he wants a dateless plate so its in keeping with bike the DVLA have inspected the bike and said the original numbers had been ground off the chassis so the original number plate has no history to it so its has to be destroyed, how can I prove that the number plate I hold a V778 for was from this bike so it can be kept

  52. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Nick, Without knowing all the details it is difficult to give an opinion. You would need to take the matter further with DVLA and contact whoever you purchased the rights to the registration from. I hope you manage to get things resolved.

  53. Nick Earnshaw

    Hi

    I currently have a registration on retention on a V778, I have owned the registration for 10 month but never displayed it on a vehicle, the DVLA have now sent me a letter saying the authenticity of the number plate cannot be verified and I should send the V778 form back to them to be destroyed, any help in this matter would be gratefully appreciated as I would not like this number plate destroyed as I want to display it on a new vehicle I have

    many thanks

  54. Trusty

    Thanks for the quick response James!

    How will that work when I remove the plate further down the line?

    I assume it will be given a random replacement as there will be no original?

    Will it be the correct year?

    Thanks again!

  55. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Trusty, Yes your new car can be registered for the first time using your cherished plate, simply hand the retention document to the supplying dealer.

  56. Trusty

    Hi James,

    Great work! Had a quick scan through but couldn’t find the information Im looking for.

    I have ordered a brand new (unregistered) car. I already own a cherished plate which is on retention.

    Can the car be registered for the first time with the cherished plate?

    And, are there any pro’s or cons from doing this?

    Kind regards,
    Trusty

  57. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Elizabeth, You can tax your new car online – it doesn’t matter if it is currently registered as a standard number plate. Once you have the V5C registration certificate in your name & address (and the vehicle is taxed) you can apply online to put your private plate on your new car.

  58. Elizabeth Bradley

    I have my VC5 for my old car & my new one , does the new one have to be taxed in it’s own number first ? Then do I transfer my number plate over? I have also got my retention number.

  59. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Bethan, I’m fairly certain your application will be accepted. The best way to go about it is to wait until you have the V5C registration certificate (log book) from DVLA in your name and address and then apply online. Let us know how you get on.

  60. Bethan

    ive brought a car as I have recently turned 17 , I have also brought a personalised number plate , my car is currently sorn and not insured, would I still be able to put my new number on my car if it is not insured ???

  61. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Andy, DVLA will issue a replacement V5C registration certificate (log book) to the registered keeper. If the keeper notifies DVLA they sold the vehicle to a motor trader, the private plate application will be rejected as the vehicle is ‘in trade’. You can check the vehicle record using the vehicle enquiry website.

  62. Andy law

    Hi james what happens if i have assigned my plates to a car that is not already in my name that i have bought (still im previous owners name ) thanks

  63. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Carol, As soon as you receive the V5C log book from DVLA (showing you as the registered keeper of the Mini), you can apply online to put your private plate on your new car.

  64. Carol

    Hi James
    I am purchasing a used vehicle and want to use my cherished plate which I have on retention, the Mini garage have not done this yet so tomorrow I am picking up my new car with the old plate on it and will have the new plates in the boot of the car (good eh) I wanted to ask how this should have been processed, as I thought it was all done on line and that things would happen quite quickly
    Regards
    Carol

  65. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Amy, The garage will probably complete the change of keeper notification for your new car – ask them if they can do it online to speed it up. Once you have the V5C for your new car (showing your name and address) you can apply online to assign your private plate. Remember to notify your motor insurer, tracker provider, recovery agent, etc. once the plate change is complete.

  66. Amy

    Thank you for all the information James.

    Then when I get the new vehicle, I just register as the new owner and then have to do the assign a reg to a vehicle online when I have all the paperwork etc, is that right?

    Thanks, Amy

  67. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Amy, Keep hold of the old log book and don’t destroy it until the new one arrives. The garage should be able to sort a set of replacement number plates – they may even have number plate making facilities on site.

  68. Amy

    Thanks for your reply James.

    So would I give them the old log book in my personalised reg or should I still destroy that?

    Also should I have the replacement plates made up, or will the garage? As I was never given the original registration plates.

    Many thanks, Amy

  69. Amy

    Hi James, sorry if this has already been asked!

    On Saturday just gone, I put a deposit down on a new (used) car and agreed to part exchange my current car. I currently have personalised plates on my current vehicle and this morning I placed them on retention. The garage seems to think my new car will be ready to pick up this afternoon, but how do I get on because now I have retained my personal plates, my log book in my personal plates is no longer valid so am I allowed to part exchange before I get the new documents in the old registration? Many thanks, Amy

  70. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Terrell, If you plan to put the plate on the car using the DVLA online service it is not necessary to add a nominee to the certificate of entitlement. You must wait until you have the V5C (log book) showing your girlfriend as the registered keeper of the car if you use the online service. If you submit the application to DVLA by post, write your girlfriend’s name in the ‘add a nominee’ section on the V750 and sign in sections 1 & 6. You can add a nominee at the same time as assigning the plate to a car if you apply by post.

  71. terrell brooks

    hi james,
    it would be a used car and the private plate is held on a V750 certificate of entitlement at the moment.

  72. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Terrell, So that I can give you the correct information, please let me know; Are you buying a brand new (unregistered) car? Is the private plate held on a V750 certificate of entitlement or a V778 retention document?

  73. terrell brooks

    Hi, I am buying a new car soon and I wish to put my private plate on it but the plate is in my name and the car will be in my girlfriends name. will this be ok or will I need to transfer the documents over to her name?

  74. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Terry, The online system asks for the document reference number from the retention document so the signature is irrelevant. It is not necessary to add a nominee as no match is required between the registered keeper of the vehicle and the Grantee or Nominee names on the retention document.

  75. Terry Smith

    Hi James,
    I purchased a private plate through eBay this week. The plates and the retention documents have been delivered but the retention has not been signed by the grantee. Am I correct in thinking that if i apply online to put the plates on my car i will not need the grantees signature anyway and the plates will then be assigned to my vehicle and in my name? Or do I firstly need to be the nominee?

  76. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Arif, There isn’t a right and wrong way to do it – both procedures get the same result. You can notify DVLA of the change of keeper online and then apply to assign your private plate online once you have the new V5C. Alternatively send the V5C and V778 retention document by post to DVLA.

  77. James Saperia Post author

    Hi John, As explained in the article (paragraph underneath the DVLA video), no fees are payable unless the V750/V778 expired prior to 9th March 2015.

  78. Arif

    Hello

    I purchased a car from a dealer yesterday and we completed the v5c document (which is still in previous personal customers name) with my details in section 6 and both signed the document in section 8.

    I have not sent the above v5c to DVLA yet as dealer was saying to send my v778 retention document with my private plate at SAME time in one envelope and I would then get the new v5c in my name with my private plate on it in one step and be quicker

    Is he right or would you advise 2 step process which is get new v5c with current registration in my name first and then do it online using Retention certificate Thank you

  79. John

    hi ive just purchased a private reg but im not expecting to own a vehicle for around hald a year do i need to pay the £80 fee again once I have the car or is the service free? thanks

  80. Nick

    Hello James:
    For security reasons they are not allowed to read over V750 certificate numbers or email them to the email address of the owner. But the call centre was very helpful and confirmed the date the certificate was processed.
    In case anyone doesn’t know it, it’s 0300-123-0883 #2 and it’s dedicated to personal plate enquiries.

  81. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Nick, It’s not something I’ve ever tried to do before. Give it a go and let us know how you get on.

  82. Nick

    Thanks James. The car is second-hand, and that bit won’t be a problem. Can I get the certificate number of the V750 from DVLA before it arrives, eg. by phoning them?

  83. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Nick, You will need the certificate number from the V750 certificate of entitlement. If you are buying a used car (as opposed to a brand-new car) wait until the V5C is registered in your name before attempting to complete the assignment online.

  84. Nick

    I bought a personal plate from DVLA last week but the V750 has not yet come through. I am buying a car today and the dealer has made the plates ready to fit. Do I strictly need the physical V750 to transfer the number online? The DVLA transfer website only asks for the new and current plate and the V5C number.

  85. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Toby, The old plate will most likely be given back to the car when you retain your private plate in the future. I have revised the article to include this information as it is a common question. The vehicle record is automatically updated at DVLA in relation to the tax & MOT (if applicable).

  86. Toby

    Hi James

    I’ve just bought a car and then bought a private plate.

    I’m awaiting the log book through on the car and then will allocate the new plate.

    What happens to the old plate should I want to sell the car on and keep my private plate? Do I have to pay to keep hold of that?

    Also the new car was taxed last week. Do the DVLA automatically update that record too when new plate is allocated? I know the insurance will charge me £30 to change the details on the policy.

  87. sonya

    Hi
    My boss has an old car which is not taxed or MOT’d but has a private number plate. It is possible to detach the private plate and transfer to another car as he’s under the impression he cannot do that.
    Thank you

  88. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Steve, If you retain your private plate online the retention document will be produced using the registered keeper details from the V5C (log book). Your friend gave up his rights to the registration when it was assigned to your vehicle.

  89. Steve

    Hi James

    I have just purchased a plate from a friend and have assigned it to my vehicle using the dvla website.
    When I come to put the plate on retention in the future or sell it will the retention document come in my name or my friends. If my friends how do I transfer it in to mine.

  90. Phil

    Hi I’ve just changed my private registration back to my old one. But online the dvla says it doesn’t give mot’s with the new registration what do I do

  91. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Steve, He can apply for a cherished transfer – the fee is £80, exactly the same as a retention application. A cherished transfer application can’t be done online (postal applications only), but you can retain & then assign online giving you exactly the same outcome, at the same price. If he completes the application online it can be sorted in less than 5 minutes.

  92. steve

    Thanks James, He has the new V5c for his new car, so he has both cars in his name, both are taxed, we just thought he could transfer one to the other without having to pay the £80 to take it off and put it on retention ?

    Kind Regards, Steve.

  93. steve

    Hi James,
    my son wants to transfer a plate from his old car (which is still taxed) to put on his new car, but he cannot find his V750 certificate of entitlement. How does he go about this as the online service requires this information. Thanks, Steve.

  94. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Rich, I suggest you apply online to retain your wife’s private plate at least a week before the garage need to register the car (the date of registration may be a couple of days before you are due to collect the car). Once the retention application is processed DVLA will issue a new V5C (log book) and a V778 retention document by separate post. You can then apply online to put your son’s private plate on his ‘new’ car. Hand the retention document to the supplying dealer so they can use it to register your wife’s brand new car. My answer is based on the assumption that your wife’s current car is registered in her name and the brand new car is to be registered in the sane name.

  95. Richard Dear

    Hi James,
    We have a car in my wifes name with a private plate.we are giving that car to my son.We have a v750 for a new private plate which we are giving to my son to put on that car.We are buying a brand new car and wish to have the original private plate*currently on wifes car) put onto this brand new car…..as I understand from your excellent site I need to be careful with timings etc..however rather than put my wifes current plate on retention for a few days is it possible for the dealer to register it with dvla for the new car at say 1 weeks time and at that point we apply the new v750 plate to what would then be my sons car..??!..
    Any guidance would be gratefully received thanks.
    Rich

  96. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Eddie, The V750/1 is just a receipt. Is the private plate still attached to your wife’s current car? If so, you should separate the plate from the car (place it on retention) as soon as possible. You will need to wait until you have the V5C (log book) for your wife’s new car (showing her details as the registered keeper) before applying online to complete the transfer.

  97. EDDIE

    MY WIFES NEW CAR IN 1996 HAD PERSONAL PLATE ASSIGNED AT THE TIME. WE HAVE PURCHED A NEW CAR WHICH HAS BEEN REGISTERED ALREADY WHICH WE ARE COLLECTING NEXT FEW DAYS
    CAN MY WIFES PLATE JUST BE TRANSFERD TO HER NEW CAR ONLINE AT TIME OFCOLLECTION.
    THE DOCUMENT THAT WE HAVE IS V750/1 WHICH WE RECEIVED WHEN PLATE WAS ISSUED

  98. james percial

    im in the process of buying a private plate for my daughter who has not passed her test how long do you have before you have to put it on a vehicle or is their not a time limit many thanks

  99. Tony

    Hi, i have a private plate on my car which i am trading in… How long does it take for a retention to complete using the online service as i would like to transfer my plate onto my new car… thanks!

  100. Dean

    I’m about to take a vehicle off the road that is currently taxed,insured and mot’ed and retain the private plate. Should I sorn it online first or apply to retain the plate first, or doesn’t it matter ?

  101. Rob

    Thanks so much for taking the time to respond.
    Excellent site and good info.
    I may be looking to sell the plate in the near future, its quite a nice one, 3 letters and a number so i will be sure to make this make this my first port of call.
    Regards
    Rob

  102. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Rob, The easiest way to put the plate on your car is to apply online. Towards the end of the Grantee and Nominee Explained article, there is a paragraph ‘important update’ explaining that it is no longer necessary to have a match between the names on the V778 and the V5C (log book). In other words the name on the V778 could be Peter Piper and the registered keeper of your car Rob Smith – the online system doesn’t require the names to be the same. If you intend to send your application to DVLA by post, complete sections 1 & 2 – the nominee can be added at the same time the private plate is assigned to your car. Whichever way you do it, once the application is processed you will receive a replacement V5C with the registration number updated to show the private plate.

  103. Rob

    Hi
    sorry if im being a bit daft but Ive read your article on grantee and nominee and im a little confused, I have just acquired a no plate, i have a V778 cert still in the grantees name not mine (sec 1 and 6 signed by the grantee who is currently named on the v778 and no nominee.
    I wish to put the number plate on a used car that is presently owned by me,
    As you state in the article that the plate can only be transferred to a vehicle registered to the grantee ,Do i fill out my name as the nominee sec 2, send it to the dvla and wait for it to come back with myself as the nominee then add the reg no of the car i want to assign it to and send it back to the dvla, or can i fill out section 1 reg number and section 2 nominee and send that off and a new v5 will be sent to me in my name.
    Thanks in advance

  104. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Patricia, The instruction from DVLA is as follows; If you have the number plates, you should put these on your vehicle as soon as possible. If you need to have your new number plates made up, you can do this once you have received your new V5C or using your V750/V778 certificate at your nearest DVLA approved number plate supplier. I’m not sure what view the police take on this, as until you fit replacement number plates you are displaying an incorrect registration. However, your car is taxed, insured and there is a genuine reason for not displaying the correct registration on your car.

  105. Patricia

    Hi,
    I’m in the process of buying a new car.
    I have placed my private number plate on retention, Monday.
    I want to collect my new car, hopefully with new V5 for my old car received on Friday.
    The garage I’m buying my new car from say’s they will sort the number plates for my old car.
    Am I ok to drive my car Monday – Friday on my retained number?
    I’m worried about camera’s & Police & don’t want to break the law.
    I will transfer my insurance to my new car on Friday, wait for the V5 to come through & then add my Private plate to the new car, does that sound right?

    Many thanks in advance for advice.

  106. Leanne

    I have completed the online application to take my private plate off retention onto my vehicle. It said online it was successful but have not received any email confirmation is this ok

  107. Harry

    Hi, imminently purchasing a personalised plate for my new car. DVLA mentions an £80 assignment fee. Does this mean that included in the price of the plate, the plate is assigned to my car? Also, there is no retention fee if the plate is being used on a car is there? Thanks James, Harry

  108. peter

    i want to transfer my private reg to my sons car as i am wanting to sell my car, how long would it take and how much for the swapping of plates will my car revert to its original reg

  109. Geoff Isaac

    I have recently purchased an MGF which I have bought for parts. I have immediately put the car on Sorn. However, I have noticed the possibility of the car having an interesting number plate that I would like to retain. However the car has no current MOT, will I be able to put this car on retention and then transfer the registration number eventually. The car was last Taxed and MOT 6 Months ago.

  110. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Paul, Sign and date the V750 in section 1 and post to the dealer as instructed. It sounds like the dealer is going to submit the application to DVLA by post to assign the registration and complete the change of keeper at the same time. The other way is to wait until you have the V5C back from DVLA (showing your wife as the registered keeper) and then assign the private plate online.

  111. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Scott, There aren’t any fees to pay to DVLA to assign a registration to a vehicle providing the V750/V778 hasn’t expired and the assignment fee has already been paid.

  112. Paul Donatantonio

    Hi James

    I have agreed to buy a demonstrator (1st registered Aug 2015) from a main dealer and paid the deposit by card over the phone. The car is currently used by a director of the company and is on a private plate which is being put on retention.

    The car is for my wife, will be owned by her and registered in her name.

    I have purchased a cherished plate with my wife as the nominee.

    The dealer has asked me to post the V750 to him so that he can register the car in my wife’s name on the cherished plate, ready for me to collect and pay the balance. (I presume that I should sign in boxes 1 and 6?).

    This all sounds very painless, however a friend of mine in the motor trade has said that the V750 should be sent to DVLA and not the dealer?

    Who is right?!

    Paul

  113. Scott Govan

    I have paid £80 to get my number plate on retention, do I need to pay again to get it put on a new car?! Thanks.

  114. James Saperia Post author

    Hi David, You can apply to assign your registration to his car online – it doesn’t matter about the names matching.

  115. Curtis

    Hi James, I put my private plate on retention a month ago when putting my car up for sale. I have just realised I have not received a new registration document but I still have the old one from when I purchased the car with the original number plate on. Can I use the original registration document to sell my car?
    Thanks in advance
    Curtis

  116. David

    Hi, I am giving a friend of mine my private plate, can I do this online bearing in mind that his car is not in my name.
    Cheers

  117. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Steve, It is best to wait until you receive the complete V5C from DVLA. You can then apply online using the new V5C and your V778 retention document. If the assignment fee has already been paid (indicated on the front of your V778 just above section 1) there aren’t any fees to pay to DVLA to put the plate on your car. You will need a new set of number plates. Some motor insurers charge an administration fee to amend your policy.

  118. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Karman, I don’t understand your question. A certificate of entitlement is issued by DVLA when you buy a brand new (never previously issued) personalised registration. What is it exactly that you want to do?

  119. Steve

    Have just purchased a used car.
    I have the V5C/2 and the private plate is on a vV778.
    Can I put plate on my car online using these docs or do I have to wait until I receive the V5?
    What is the cost of putting the plate on my car?
    Many thanks in advance

  120. Karman Singh

    Ohh thank you very much James,

    Just another question, I’m online issuing a new personalised plate to my current vehicle.

    Where to I get a certificate of entitlement as thats required by the DVLA?

    Thank you

  121. Karman Singh

    HI mate,

    I’ve already got a car with a registered number plate, but i’ve recently purchased a personalised number plate.

    What do i have to do first?

    Do i apply to get the existing number plate issued off my current vehicle and then apply to get my new personalised plate issued to my car? or?

    Thank you very much

  122. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Matty, Others have asked the same question as the website states only the Grantee/Purchaser can assign online. My own opinion is the first question on the DVLA website may need to be revised to ask; has the Purchaser/Grantee given you permission to assign the registration? You can send the V778 to DVLA with the V5C by post for the application to be processed, so it only seems fair to allow you to assign online.

  123. Matty

    Hi I currently have a v778 retention certificate for a private plate i purchased my name is on the certificate as a nominee can I apply online to have this put on my car or does it have to be the grantee many thanks

  124. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Ryan, How you assign your private plate depends on whether you are buying a brand new or a pre-registered car. If it is a brand new car, just hand the DVLA certificate (V750) to the supplying dealer and they will register the new car using your private plate. If the car you buy already has a V5C registration certificate (log book) you can notify DVLA online that you are the new keeper, then assign your private plate online on receipt of the new V5C showing you as the registered keeper.

  125. ryan

    Hi, Im planning on buying a car very soon and I already have purchased a private plate via DVLA. The plate has not been assigned to any vehicle. I was wondering what is the process in assigning my plate to a car and also after applying for it, how quickly would I be able to stick it on my car.

  126. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Mike, I presume the plate was already on retention prior to you agreeing to buy the car? It would have been much easier just to buy the car with the private plate still attached and just completed the change of keeper details. The nominee is only relevant if you are applying by post to assign the private plate to your car. You are fine to assign the registration using the online service now that you have the V5C in your name and address.

  127. Mike

    Hi James ,
    I recently purchased a car privately that had had the private plate removed onto a V778 in the owners name, at the point of sale I agreed to also purchase the private plate on the V778 and the seller/grantee added my details to section 2 and signed section 6 to make me the nominee and gave me the V778.
    We then transferred car into my name using online change of ownership
    I then taxed the car online and drove away
    I waited a a few days and the new V5C has come back all correct in my names with old registration number, we did this as seller was emigrating so would not be at the address for the document to be posted back to. This was advised on the telephone line by DVLA.
    My question is and I was under the impression from the DVLA that I can now transfer the plate back onto the car online using V778 with me written in as nominee and My details on v5C , am I correct?

    Thanks In advance

  128. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Richard, When you apply to retain your private plate your car will be issued with an age-related registration as part of the process. It is highly likely the car will be reunited with the original registration. You don’t have any real control over the replacement registration, however if by chance a different registration was allocated, you could write to DVLA requesting the original plate.

  129. Richard Creaton

    Hi James
    What a useful site and apologies if this is a question you have already answered. I put private plates on a vehicle some years ago but I now want to sell. Can I get DVLA to revert back to the original number plate which I’ve kept rather than allocating a random new one?
    Thanks Richard

  130. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Barry, After you have paid the £80 retention fee there is nothing else to pay to DVLA when you assign your private plate to a car in the future.

  131. Barry Newman

    Hi James. I have a simple question. I put my plate on retention, pay £80. I will want to put it on whichever car I get next, do I have to pay £80 again?

    Thanks Barry

  132. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Sam, As previously advised, you need the V750 Certificate of Entitlement (the pink page) – not the V750/1 DVLA Receipt (the blue page). Type the certificate number as shown on the V750 into the 4 boxes on screen.

  133. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Sam, When you go to buy a set of number plates please take your own driving licence and the V750 Certificate of Entitlement with you. Alternatively you can wait a couple of days for the new V5C to arrive and use that as proof of entitlement. You may find the official GOV.UK page on displaying number plates helpful, it explains the complete process.

  134. sam

    HI James
    i must thick….trying to do this online i have the V750/1 which is the DVLA Receipt, its asking to fill in the 4 boxes but i cant find this info?

  135. Sam

    Sorry James
    I’ve just read the section on How to buy a set of number plates I can get my sons licence and his existing log book but I still can’t go and purchase new plates until he receives the new V5C? Or can this be done online as well and downloaded?

  136. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Sam, You can assign your private plate online using the certificate number shown on the V750 Certificate of Entitlement (the pink page). You will also need the V5C Registration Certificate (log book) for your son’s car. Read more about how to buy a set of number plates. There aren’t any other costs payable to DVLA. Your motor insurer may charge an administration fee to reprint your policy documents when notified of the new registration mark.

  137. Sam

    Hi
    I’ve purchased a new plate from the DVLA site and received the V750/1 receipt can I just go on line and assign it to my sons car? What do I need to take to the supplier to make the new plates? And the receipt includes £80 is there any other cost apart from the new plates?
    Thanks

  138. Indy

    Is the service down today? I keep getting the message “This registration number cannot be retained online” but when I call up they can’t see any issues.

  139. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Stuart, Happy New Year! If you buy online from the DVLA Personalised Registrations website you will receive a V750 Certificate of Entitlement valid for 10 years. When the time is right, hand the certificate to the dealer supplying your new car and ask them to register it on the private plate rather than allocating a standard 16 plate.

  140. Stuart

    Hi James. Want to buy a plate from the DVLA site but the new car will not be ready until April 2016. I understand that if unallocated l can extend for 10 years but how long is it valid in the first place? I assume 12 months but assumption is never wise. Many thanks and Happy New Year.

  141. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Taylor, Your car is insured, so you are not breaking the the ‘no insurance’ rule. In your situation I would fit new number plates ensuring car matches the vehicle record. If I was stopped by the police I would politely explain the situation and hope that common sense was applied. Remember to notify your motor insurer of the change at the earliest opportunity.

  142. Taylor

    Hi James, I’ve noticed you had similar questions (so I do apologies) but none exact. I got private reg, successfully completed the online application and I’ve got my number plates made up. However, by the time I completed my application and received the conformation email, I was too late to catch my insurance company to inform them of the change of registration (and they’re closed on a Sunday). Am I okay to still drive around with old plates or should I switch over to my new ones? Thanks so much!

  143. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Tracey, Tax your new car online using the current registration mark as soon as it is going to be used on public roads (or make a SORN). The tax will automatically transfer when the private plate application is processed. Retain your private plate; you will receive a replacement V5C from DVLA by post – you can use this to notify DVLA when the vehicle is scrapped. As soon as you receive a V5C from DVLA for your new car (showing your details as the registered keeper) you can apply to assign your private number plate. Remember to keep your motor insurer/tracker provider/recovery agent updated with the changes as they happen.

  144. Tracey

    Hi james, ive bought a car and my old car which the private reg is on is going to be scrapped.
    When i get the v5 back i presume i put the reg plate on retention then assign it to new car on line, will i get a log book back from dvla for the old car original number plate and a log book for the private reg on the new car, and do i tax the new car straight away even though it would be on its original plate.

  145. Lydia

    Hi James

    Great blog! Could you please confirm, if I complete the online application and pay the £80 retention fee to remove the private plates from my current car and then have a gap before placing them on a new car, is there an additional fee to register them online against the new car?

    Thanks very much
    Lydia

  146. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Kirstie, The first question may need to be revised to ask; has the Purchaser/Grantee given you permission to assign the registration? You can send the V750 to DVLA with the V5C by post for the application to be processed, so it only seems right you should be able to assign online. In your position I would answer yes to the first question and complete the application online.

  147. Kirstie

    Hi James,

    I bought a Personalised Plate for my parents Christmas, the purchaser on the V750 is the company I bought it from and the nominee is my mum who’s name is on the V5.
    Can I apply online to assign this plate onto the vehicle as on the online form it asks if I am the Purchaser/Guarantee as the first question?

    Please help, I’m becoming more and more confused!

    Many Thanks,
    Kirstie

  148. Paul Hills

    Hi James,
    My situation is very similar to Peter’s above – Only I have completed 80% (deposit taken, credit agreement approved just finalisation tomorrow) of a registered used car purchase but do not take delivery of the car till more than likely next week as it’s so close to Christmas as the car is 250 miles away! I also bought a Personalised plate yesterday online which I would like to put on the acquired vehicle. I have a confirmation email from DVLA Personalised Registrations that I must allow 2 weeks for the delivery of V750. Can I assign the new plate when the vehicle is delivered? – obviously after taxing of course?! Do I have to retain (£80 cost) the old unwanted plate so when I come to sell it (the car minus my personal plate) – it goes back to it’s original registered plate from when it was first registered? Not sure what parts of V5C I am going to get with the car. Which would be the quickest / easiest way to do it? Many thanks,
    Fantastic blog and answers by the way!
    Kind regards
    Paul

  149. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Edward, If your online application is successful it is effective immediately. The system does not allow you to set a future date for the change.

  150. Edward

    If I apply online (with my Certificate of Entitlement) does the new registration apply straight away or can I ‘book’ a date when the new registration will apply? For example, if I apply now can I request that the new registration applies from, say, 5th Jan 2016? Regards, Edward

  151. Peter

    Hi James,

    I have scanned through the scenarios and answers posted above but cannot find any identical to my situation.

    I have just bought a used vehicle on Saturday. I have purchased a private plate via New Reg last week but I am still awaiting the plates and the certification – V750.

    Upon purchasing the vehicle, the dealer gave me the V5C on the understanding that I was awaiting my private plate certification. They advised it would be easier to process together and I would get my new private plate on my vehicle quicker this way.

    Can you please advise of the best solution for me as I do not think the dealer was aware of the new online system to apply for private plate transfer.

    Kind regards

    Peter

  152. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Jeff, DVLA state only the Grantee/Purchaser or a business appointed on their behalf can apply to assign a personalised registration to a vehicle online.

  153. jeff

    Hi James. The above article is really interesting but can you please clarify for me: does this new dvla online service allow a named nominee on V778 to transfer a registration to a vehicle in the nomineess name?.Thanks, Jeff.

  154. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Suzy, It is not currently possible to combine an online change of keeper application with a plate transfer. I suggest retaining your private plate online. Once you receive your replacement V5C (log book), go online and notify DVLA you have sold your car to a motor trader. Once you receive your retention document for your private plate the garage can assign it to your new car. Old documents should be destroyed once an online application has been processed and replacement documents received.

  155. Suzy

    I have a private plate on my vehicle but I am trading the vehicle in. Would I be able to swap my reg no from vehicle to vehicle. Whilst at the garage before I drive new car away. Also what happens with log book when you transfer reg online.

  156. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Leanne, Typically applications are processed within 5 days of arrival at DVLA, Swansea. The plates can go on the car as soon as the vehicle record shows the new registration.

  157. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Leo, The quickest way to get your plate on the car is to first retain your friend’s private plate online. A couple of days later a replacement V5C (log book) will be sent to the registered keeper at the address currently shown on the V5C. You can then apply to assign your private plate to the car online. Once the replacement V5C comes back you can then notify DVLA of the change of keeper. I wouldn’t normally advise doing it this way, it can only be done if you completely the trust the person you are buying the car from.

  158. Leanne

    Hi James. All the comments thus far have been extremely helpful. I have had to send my documents off to DVLA for the assigning of the registration as the website refused my application due to licensing history.. However, realistically how long will this take? It says it will be approved within 2 weeks but it can take 4-6 weeks to receive the new v5.

    Is this correct and when can I put the actual plate on the car? It was meant to be a Christmas present.

    Many thanks!

  159. Leo

    James, you seem like an expert so hopefully you can help with my query. I am purchasing a car on Saturday from a friend, the car has a private plate which my friend wants to put on retention. I have a private plate to assign to the car. In the past I have sent the 2 forms of with the completed V5 and waited for the new V5 before putting new plates on. Can this be done through the new online service? It could be done in any order as there is no risk if the plate currently on the car is in my name temporarily, prior to a new certificate of retention in my friends name. Just trying to avoid waiting to put new plates on new car over the christmas period. Any help greatly appreciated, Leo.

  160. James Saperia Post author

    Hi John, You can give it a go online using the link in the article. The majority of applications are processed successfully online.

  161. John olden

    forgot to say what a brill blog much better than those stuffy sites we can’t understand well done !!!

  162. John olden

    hi james I have a private plate and need it to go on my mothers car in her name can I do this online or not many thanks John olden

  163. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Camilla, This is the instruction from DVLA: If you have the number plates already, you should put these on your vehicle as soon as possible. If you need to have new plates made up, you can do this once you have received your new V5C (log book) nearest DVLA approved number plate supplier. Remember to notify your motor insurer/tracker provider/recovery agent as soon as the plates are fitted.

  164. Camilla

    Hi, I have just received the new V5C with my husbands personalised number on it. I got it for his birthday which isn’t for another week. How long can he drive around with the old plates on his car? I really wanted it to be a surprise, but obviously I don’t want him to get into trouble for not using the correct plates. Is there a time frame to get plates made up? I’d really appreciate your help. Thanks in advance.
    Camilla.

  165. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Zoe, If you sell you private number plate you should sign & date in sections 1 & 6 where it states; Grantee (not Nominee) must sign in the box below. Forward the V778 retention document to the new owner but only when you have received full payment in cleared funds. There are no fees payable to DVLA by the new owner to register the private plate to their car. The only way to claim back the £80 transfer fee is to surrender the document to DVLA and give up your rights to the registration. This would also prevent you from being able to sell the private plate to anyone else.

  166. Zoe

    Hi could you help me I have a private number plate which I am hoping to sell. It is currently on a V778 document with the transfer fee paid on it. If I sell it which sections do I sign? Do I forward the certificate to the new owner or the DVLA? Finally can I claim back the transfer fee or can the new owner use this to register it to there vechile? Many thanks in advance.

  167. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Nick, Usually the seller would separate the personalised plate from their car and supply you with the V778 retention document on receipt of payment. It would be your responsibility to assign the plate to your car. At the point of retention the seller’s car would be allocated an age-related registration. The seller is then free to put another personalised registration on their car if they so desire.

  168. Nick

    Hi James,

    I’m looking to buy a personalised reg off of somebody, I’m I right in thinking they need to remove it from there vehicle on line and they can then place it straight on to my vehicle online? And this will all be instant so they revert back to the old reg and I then revert to the personalised reg? They intend to get a new personalised reg although I take it they need to revert to the original reg before applying there new one.

    Thanks

    Nick

  169. james

    Hi,

    I have swapped my private plate from 1 car to another of which i own both, i now want to sell the vehicle without the private plate on, i have done the transfer and have authorisation to make and fit the plates. Question is, can i sell the car prior to recieveing the new v5 with the reassigned standard plate on? Assuming not as the old v5 will not be valid now…

    Thanks

  170. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Sian, If your application is approved online the change is effective straight away. This is the instruction from DVLA: If you have the number plates already, you should put these on your vehicle as soon as possible. If you need to have new plates made up, you can do this once you have received your new V5C (log book) or using your V750/V750 certificate at your nearest DVLA approved number plate supplier. It takes two working days for a replacement V5C (log book) to arrive following an online application, so I suggest it is acceptable to drive for that length of time with the old plates still on display. The road tax/MOT is automatically switched for you.

  171. Sian

    Hi,

    If I go online and apply for my private plate to be put on the car (I have all the relevant documents) is it immediate? How long do I have to put the physical plates on my car? Am I legal to drive it on the original plates for any sort of time?

    Also does this effect the tax?

    Thannks

  172. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Barry, Thank you for your kind comments. If you want to assign your private plate online you will have to wait for the new V5C to arrive in the post (showing you as the registered keeper). If you want to apply by post straight away, send the V5C/2 new keeper’s supplement with a V62 application for a log book and your V750/V778 to DVLA, Swansea SA99 1DS.

  173. Barry Smith

    James, Thank you for this section, I’ve learned much more from your website than from all the others put together including the DVLA’s!

    So as I’m understanding it, you cannot use the new keepers supplement to assign your private reg online to your newly purchased used car, this must be done by post?

  174. James Saperia Post author

    Yes, if your application is approved online your number plates can be fitted immediately. Please remember to notify your motor insurer/tracker provider/recovery agent of the change of registration number.

  175. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Keith, I expect the DVLA website will be operational on Christmas Eve, however you may want to consider applying slightly earlier just in case there are any issues. The majority of applications to assign a registration online are completed without any problems. A very small number have to be submitted by post if it is necessary to look into the vehicle’s licensing history. It may be worth speaking to the Vehicle Enquiries Team at DVLA on 0300 790 6802 to see if they can advise of any potential hold-ups specifically with your son’s car.

  176. Keith wright

    Hi, we’ve bought a personal plate for our son for Christmas and want to assign it to his car for Christmas Day, when should I fill out the application on line, will the web site be operational on Christmas Eve?

  177. James Saperia Post author

    Hello, There are two options; you can ask the dealer to use the online change of keeper service. You should receive your new V5C within 3 days and can then apply to assign your personalised registration instantly online. Alternatively the dealer can send the combined application to DVLA by post. As the majority of private plate related applications are now completed online (currently 80% take up), paper applications are usually processed within 5 days. You can use the vehicle enquiry service to check the progress of your application.

  178. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Phil, Yes you can apply to assign your personalised plate at the same time the main dealer notifies DVLA you are the new keeper, but the application must be submitted by post. DVLA are looking at combining these two services online to enable the whole process to be done electronically in the future.

  179. Jking

    I have used the online service to take my personalised reg off my car, but now find it can’t be assigned to my next vehicle (used) until I have purchased it from the dealer, taken delivery and waied several weeks fot the new V5c. I always used to be able to purcase a vehicle with my number already transferred. Is ther a way round this?

  180. Phil

    Hello James

    I have a personalised number on retention with DVLA. I am buying a pre-registered car from a main dealer.

    When the dealer submits the DVLA paperwork / registration certificate to change the register keeper to me, can my personalised plate retention document be included and sent to DVLA at the same time.

    This would mean in theory I receive a new Registration document with my personalised number already recorded / issued, as opposed to the original pre-registered number which I would then have to change later?

    This would save time and costs to DVLA – Most grateful for any advice.

    Kindest Regards ……. Phil;

  181. Dave Dee

    Thanks for your prompt reply James… At 9 :40 PM on a Sunday night too … 36 mins after my question was posted.. Very much appreciated.. And explained in plain English..!!!!

  182. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Dave, When a the application to assign a plate is processed online you receive a confirmation email. The email has a number plate authorisation certificate (eV948) attached allowing you to get the number plates made straight away, rather than waiting a couple of days for the replacement V5C (log book) to arrive. If you assign using a V778 Retention Document the vehicle record is updated instantly. The instruction from DVLA is to fit replacement number plates as soon as possible. If your vehicle was to be stopped by the police it’s identity could be verified using the vehicle identification number (VIN).

  183. Dave Dee

    Hi James… I think all the above has sunk in.. I am almost in the same position as Ian’s post [Oct 27th ] above: But…. on my purchased Cherished numbers V778 I am not the grantee nor nominee so supposing I use the online service for an instant transfer [ as per your reply to Ian ] and it all goes through ok; then how do I get number plates made up without a new registration Document ; [ V5c ] ?? Or do I have to wait for the V5c to arrive.. If I couldn’t get the number plates and I do have to wait for the V5c to arrive how would my vehicle show up on police Anpc’s or computer checks etc..?? bearing in mind that I did the online transfer to the new number but can not yet get plates … Thanks………….

  184. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Ian, You can apply to assign your personal plate online without adding a nominee. The online assign system doesn’t require a match between the names on the retention document and the name of the registered keeper on the log book. By assigning the plate to your car you are indeed removing any rights the company might have to your registration.

  185. Ian

    Hi James.
    I had a new company car, which I put my personal plate on. The company car has now been returned, and I used the online service to put the plate onto retention. I now need to put this plate onto a 2 year old car, ( for which I shortly expect to receive the updated V5 document, listing me as the owner and registered keeper ). I have the V778 retention document, which lists the company as Grantee, and Nominee as Not Applicable. Can I use the online service to put the plate onto my own car, ( and remove any rights the company might have to my plate ), or do I have to send the retention document off to add myself as nominee first ?

  186. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Barks, The rules are slightly different if a private plate is being registered to a brand new vehicle. The car dealer is correct; you should apply to DVLA to add your wife’s name as nominee in advance. To give you an explanation; most main dealers use the Automated First Registration and Licensing (AFRL) system to register brand new cars. If a vehicle is to be registered on a private plate (rather than using a standard registration) the document reference number from the retention document has to be entered onto the system. The AFRL system automatically populates the field where the registered keeper details are entered – a drop-down box gives the option of the Grantee, or the Nominee. The AFRL system does not allow the input clerk to over-type the pre-populated fields; the vehicle can only be registered to the Grantee or Nominee exactly as it shows on the DVLA record. Hope this clears up the confusion.

  187. Barks

    Hi, I have just received my certificate of retention for my private plate. My wife is in the process of buying a new car and I wish to put the private plate on her new car. (It was a present a number of years ago, but had always been assigned to the main family car which was in my name.)
    The retention document currently does not state a nominee, speaking to the car dealers they are insistent that I need to get this changed and add my wife as the nominee before the plate is put on her new car, however the retention document seems to indicate that this can be done at the same time as the plate is applied to the new car and DVLA seem to also indicate this in their INF46 document.
    Do you have any clarification of the situation? Did it change in May?

  188. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Frosty, It depends; have you applied to DVLA to put your private plate on your new car? The Vehicle Enquiry website indicates how your car is currently registered with DVLA. Just having the V750 Certificate of Entitlement doesn’t mean you can fit the plates to the car, your cherished number has to be correctly registered (assigned) to your car.

  189. Frosty Freeman

    Hi, I have my Plate, I have my Cert of Ent V750. I got my car today. Can I use my private plate?
    Thank you

  190. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Tina, As this is a legal matter I suggest discussing the situation with your solicitor.

  191. Mrs Tina Wyton

    Hi, I have my document in my name for my personalized number plate and at the moment its in redemption with DVLA. My Ex husband can’t touch it can he?? Also I have a court order to hand it over to my ex husband he has been so nasty through the divorce I don’t want to now, x Any ideas/

  192. James Saperia Post author

    Hi Bryan, There is a risk sending anything of value to anyone who has bad intentions. The dealer has a responsibility to the buyer and the seller. It is normal practice as a dealer to take full payment from the buyer and request documents from the seller. Once everything is in place the plate is assigned to the buyer’s vehicle and payment is released to the seller. You can ask for funds to be deposited with a solicitor if you feel it is necessary and/or a large amount of money is involved. You would be expected to cover the solicitor’s fees. You are welcome to contact me for an opinion on the dealer handling the sale of your registration.

  193. Bryan Hancock

    I have a buyer through a dealer for my personalised number plate and hold a V778 Retention document. The dealer has asked me to send this to him signed off in sections1 and 6, prior to payment of the buyers offer. Is there a security risk in complying with there request, could he re register my plate online and avoid paying the money due to me?

  194. paul taylor

    Hi,
    As regards removing private reg from a vehicle is clear, you don’t say whether you are automatically allocated a registration number for the vehicle you are removing private reg from.
    is it possible you can clarify this please.

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