There are occasions when you may need to separate your personalised registration from your car. The usual reason is because the car is going to be sold and you don’t want lose the rights to display your personalised plates.
There are two options available when removing a registration from a vehicle; you can either transfer a registration to another vehicle, or you can retain it.
Applying to retain a personalised registration number is a fairly straightforward process. It is simply a case of making sure you have the required vehicle documents and correctly completing DVLA form V317 – Application to Transfer or Retain a Vehicle Registration Number.
Changes have been made to the retention scheme since this article was written in 2010. The information you are reading is regularly updated and reflects changes as recent as March 2015.
Documents required to retain a private number plate:
The V5C Registration Certificate – often referred to as a log book
DVLA form V317 signed by the registered keeper of the vehicle
£80 fee (cheque, bankers draft or postal order payable to DVLA Swansea)
Where should you apply?
You should send your application to:
DVLA is making it possible to retain a registration via a new online service due to launch at the end of March 2015. Further information will be provided as it is made available by DVLA.
From Monday 9th March 2015 all V778 retention documents issued by DVLA will be valid for 10 years with no fee payable to renew or extend the document.
If you are applying to retain your private number plate because you intend to sell your vehicle, it is definitely wise to plan ahead. It can take up to four weeks for DVLA to process a retention application. Please allow enough time making sure you have replacement vehicle documents before you handover or part-exchange your car.