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The DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) is the organisation responsible for maintaining a database of drivers in Great Britain and a database of vehicles for the entire UK. Key amongst the vehicle records it keeps are details of the unique number plate registration that each vehicle is assigned.
National Numbers are a DVLA recognised reseller and have access to the vast range of previously un-issued government stock of the following formats.
The DVLA makes number plates available through auction, typically these are high prestige plates that are the best matches to particular names or words, or are dateless cherished number plates that have never previously been issued. The golden rule here is that they will only auction those that have never previously been made available. So if you're looking for a specific reg, and it's ever been used on UK roads, it won't resurface at auction - even if the vehicle has long been off the road and the registration unused. Registrations sold at auction are 'fresh', never having been on vehicles before, whilst dateless plates currently available for sale will have a history attached to them - perhaps dating right back to 1903 when number plates were introduced.
Prefix plates have a year letter at the front, 1, 2 or 3 numbers followed by 3 letters indicating the area of issue. The A prefix started in 1983 and this format of registration ran until 2001 with the Y reg. From each letter of release, the DVLA withheld a selection of combinations - initially those with numbers between 1-20 and the double and triple digits (e.g 22, 33, 44, 111, 222, 333 etc.) - the rest of the combinations being made available for standard general issue to vehicles on the roads. They also held onto number plates that clearly spelled words or names (these would typically surface at a DVLA auction), and, of course, withheld those combinations that could cause offence or number plates that resembled rude words!
National Numbers currently have 7,377,519 DVLA prefix plates available for you to choose from.
The reversal of prefix plates, with the year identifying letter at the end of the number plate (3 letters, 1, 2 or 3 numbers, then a year identifying letter), this format begin with A reg back in 1963, and ran until 1982 when they were superseded by the prefix reg format. These plates are now only available via auction, from private sellers or from the stock that National Numbers have.
The latest DVLA number plates, often described as 'New style' plates, are now well established having been the default type of registration issued to new vehicles since 2001. Briefly, they consist of 2 area identifier letters followed by a 2 digit number that represents the year they were issued, lastly, 3 random letters are allocated. With each new series making available around 7 million new letter/number combinations, and one of these being released every 6 months, the pot of available registrations has swollen massively! You can make your own number plate in this format - we have 47,063,185 DVLA number plates currently available.
In most cases to register a private number plate to a vehicle, you will need a V778 or V750 certificate showing you as the legal owner of the registration. You can pair this with information from the V5C (logbook) for the vehicle and complete the assignment online, or alternatively post these documents directly to the DVLA.
If you're buying your registration from National Numbers, we offer an optional service to assign the registration on your behalf. To take advantage of this you will need to select this option when you place your order and then send us the vehicle V5C. We require the original as it will be replaced with a new copy showing your chosen number plate.
In short, no. As a government entity, the DVLA are purely suppliers of registrations and have no interest in purchasing them.
If you have a registration you wish to sell, you can request a free online valuation from our website and set an asking price for your plate. We'll advertise it for sale (at no charge to you) until we find a buyer.
There are literally millions of DVLA private number plate combinations that have never been released. As a DVLA recognised reseller, National Numbers are able to source these previously unissued registrations for you.
Simply search for the registration you want, and then - if it's available - either call our friendly sales staff or make your purchase securely online. We offer 0% finance plans, acrylic plate options to attach to your car, and will even complete the assignment to your vehicle if you wish.
The DVLA do not offer a 'sell your number plate' service, so if you're looking to sell your number plate you will need to find an interested buyer yourself. National Numbers would be pleased to promote your registration for sale - free of charge - with the goal of finding you a buyer. All we ask is that if you sell the registration elsewhere that you let us know.
Your first step should be to obtain a free valuation. You can then modify this to your liking (asking price always plays a large part in how fast we can find you a buyer!) and we will begin promoting your registration for sale. Once a buyer is found we'll be in touch to arrange the transfer of the number plate and your payment.
Give our number plate search a try - all the types of DVLA number plates we have discussed are represented here as well as other search suggestions. Or if you prefer, give our friendly sales staff a call on 01642 363738 to help find your ideal number plate.
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