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 apply to retain it. In this article we are going to focus on the latter of the two; this is often referred to as the DVLA Retention Scheme.
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.
There have been a few changes made to the Retention Scheme since this article was originally written in 2010. The information you are reading is regularly updated and reflects changes as recent as January 2014.
Documents required to retain a private number plate:
The V5C Registration Certificate – often referred to as a log book
The MOT Test Certificate – only applies to vehicles over three years old
The DVLA form V317 signed by the registered keeper of the vehicle
The appropriate fee – it currently costs £105 to retain a registration number
The vehicle should ideally be taxed although it is important not to enclose the actual tax disc with your application; the offence is ‘failure to display’ not failure to buy. If you remove your tax disc from the windscreen or it is not correctly displayed you risk a fine and having your vehicle crushed if it is on the road.
Where should you apply?
You should send your application to:
If the reason you are applying to retain your registration is 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, so allow plenty of time for your replacement vehicle documents to be issued by DVLA Swansea.