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. 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.
Do not allow a DVLA certificate to expire
On the actual certificate it states; This vehicle registration number must be assigned to a vehicle before, followed by a date. This is the expiry date of the certificate. Do not allow the certificate to expire. You can only renew your certificate in the 28 days prior to expiry. You will lose the rights to the personalised registration if you forget to renew.
What can I do if I have let my retention document or certificate of entitlement expire?
For many years DVLA allowed expired certificates to be renewed, but this working practice was at odds with the regulations. Due to the conflict DVLA changed the way expired certificates are treated. A grace period was introduced in November 2016 which allows an expired certificate to be surrendered and replaced with a valid 10 year certificate. If you have an expired certificate (V750 or V778) your application to replace it with a valid certificate should be submitted to DVLA as soon as possible. In any case it must be received and processed by DVLA before 18th December 2019 when the grace period ends.
So to sum up, you can keep a personalised registration on a certificate for as long as it suits you, but remember to always renew it before it expires.
Further information regarding expired DVLA certificates can be found in the personalised vehicle registration numbers section on GOV.UK
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If you are not a Simply Registrations client and have a general question about a number plate, please contact DVLA.
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