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The transferring of a private registration plate from a certificate (V750/V778) to a vehicle is commonly known as 'assignment'.
You will need to send the full V5C (log book) for the vehicle, and the certificate, to the DVLA who will arrange for the assignment and you will receive a replacement V5C back in the post showing the new registration. At this point you can inform your insurer of the change and display the acrylic plates on the vehicle. Any applicable tax and MOT records will be automatically updated.
Before contacting the DVLA, there are some criteria that must be met to assign a registration to a vehicle:
DVLA will check your application and contact you if your vehicle needs an inspection.
If the vehicle is registered to you, you can apply online or by post.
If it is a used vehicle that you have just bought, you will need to wait for the DVLA to send you a new V5C in your name before you apply to assign the private registration plate online or by post.
If your vehicle is brand new, give the dealer your V750 or V778 document and ask them to apply.
If registered to someone else and you want the private number to be transferred to them, you can apply online or by post.
If you already have a private number on your vehicle, apply to take it off first. You could lose the right to use the number if you do not.
The number will be assigned immediately if your vehicle does not need an inspection. Be ready to put new number plates on the vehicle as soon as you've applied.
This service is open from 7am to 7pm. It's also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
You will need to send all of the following documents to DVLA:
To tax your vehicle at the same time, include the following:
After you assign a private number you’ll be sent a new log book (V5C).
You must then:
You can keep the original plates - the registration will likely be reassigned to the vehicle should you take off the private number.
You must not sell or get rid of a vehicle until you get the new log book (V5C).
If the registration plate is to be assigned to a vehicle that is not registered in your name - for example, the private plate is for a gift - you will need to add them as a ‘nominee’ and complete section 2 of the V750 or V778.
As the transfer fee is paid upfront when acquiring a certificate, there is no further charge to assign the registration to a vehicle i.e it's 'free' to apply online or by post.
The time it takes to assign your registration plate will vary depending on how you assign it.
It may take between 4 to 6 weeks to receive your new log book (V5C) from the DVLA.
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