Today we are focusing on how to buy a set of front and rear number plates. A few years ago it was possible to walk into a motor accessories shop and simply request a set of number plates. The rules were tightened to prevent people obtaining number plates which they had no right to display. Often these ‘false’ registrations were linked to criminal activity.
In order to purchase a set of number plates from a reputable supplier registered with the DVLA, you must provide both proof of your identity and proof that you are entitled to the actual number plates. It is necessary to provide at least one document from each list.
The following list details acceptable original documents which must be produced to first of all prove your identity:
Recent Utility Bill
Recent Bank/Building Society Statement
The following list details acceptable original documents which must be produced to prove your entitlement to the actual registration on the number plates:
V5C Vehicle Registration Certificate (log book)
Authorisation letter from lease or hire company quoting Document Reference Number from the V5C
Where to buy your new set of number plates
You can buy your number plates from the parts department of your local motor dealership, or from any reputable car parts and accessories supplier. All legal number plates must display the name of the company who actually made the number plates up, plus the post code part of their address.
The GOV.UK website contains further information in relation to getting number plates made up.