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How do I sell my number plate?

If you're looking for how to sell a number plate on a retention document or a vehicle, you've come to the right place. To sell a number plate is quick and easy with National Numbers, with valuations offered in a number of ways.

National Numbers make it very easy to sell your private plate, and have an instant number plate valuation available for free. This is the best way to sell a number plate, with our valuations based on statistics from more than 42 years experience of selling private number plates.

If the system should fail to recognise some significance the plate has, and you feel it's been undervalued, don't be annoyed - get in touch! National Numbers also provide a dedicated quotes line - 0905 757 0011 - for expert guidance on how to sell a private number plate (this is a premium line service).

If you do use the free instant valuation, you will be asked for your registration number and contact details. If the registration is currently on a vehicle, you will be asked for the dates that the tax and MOT expire. If the registration is currently on a retention certificate, you will be asked when the certificate expires.

You will then receive an email stating the valuation, along with your instructions of how to sell your number plate. An account will also be created for you granting you the opportunity to return and manage the figure you wish to sell your private number plate at.

The quote you receive to sell your number plate is the sum of money to be returned to you on finding a buyer - no deductions. National Numbers will advertise your private registration, adding on their commission.

How much will it cost to sell my number plate through a dealer?

Many dealers will not charge you to sell your plate through their website unless you select a premium package which means that your registration will be promoted to a high position when buyers search the site. Once your registration is listed on the website, any prospective buyer will pay, in addition to the amount you require and the dealer commission, the DVLA fee for processing the transfer.

What happens when a buyer is found for my number plate?

If a buyer is found, and a deal agreed, written confirmation of the procedure will be sent to you to sell your number plate. The dealer will ask you for your V5C Registration Certificate (log book) or, if the registration is on a certificate, your V778 (Retention Certificate) or V750 (Certificate of Entitlement) plus authorisation to administer the certificate.

The dealer should always be holding cleared funds from the buyer before proceeding with the transfer and should state clearly when you will receive the full payment for the registration.

The dealer will check and submit all relevant documents to DVLA. Remember that any reputable dealer should be prepared to explain the process fully.

National Numbers are a member of the RMI Cherished Numbers Dealers Association (CNDA) which was established in 1971 to represent reputable and responsible dealers in vehicle registration numbers and to protect the interests of their customers. CNDA members adhere to a strict code of conduct and in the unlikely event of a problem or dispute, the CNDA will be there to help if any issues cannot be resolved directly.

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Last updated: Thursday 19th March 2020

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