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Frequently Asked Questions about Number Plates

We sell the rights to use a given registration number, not the plates themselves (although we can supply these).
The term "Cherished Number" was originally coined to describe a registration having a sentimental value to its owner and which he/she wanted to keep in the family.
The regulations regarding the transfer of registration marks from a doner vehicle to another (recipient) vehicle or to a retention certificate (V778) are :
  • The donor must either hold both current MOT and tax; be taxed and MOT expired; MOT expired and tax expired less than six months.
  • A fee of £80 to the Department of Transport is payable for a vehicle to vehicle transfer.
  • A donor vehicle must be subject to MOT testing at some time during its life.
  • Registration marks legally are owned by the Secretary of State for Transport - it is the right to display the mark on a vehicle which is granted or transfered. If you pass on a vehicle to a new keeper, then you lose control of the registration mark.
  • You can't use a mark to make a vehicle look newer than it is e.g. you can't assign a P registration to an M registration car. You are allowed to use an older registration.
  • You can't put a cherished number onto a Q registered vehicle.
  • Registration marks which have never been used on vehicles before, are issued in the form of certificates of entitlement (V750). So if you find the registration you've always wanted, you can keep it on a certificate until you have a suitable car. Marks on certificates are ideal to give as surprise presents since the actual vehicle documents aren't needed until after the event, so you can give the certificate and a pair of plates, attractively wrapped. Click on the make your own plates button if you're interested.
  • To assign a registration mark on a certificate to a vehicle, you need to post your registration document (V5) with the certificate to DVLA, Swansea for the new reg to be put on and then returned direct to you. The assignment fee will already have been paid at the time of purchasing the mark, or placing it in a retention, so there will be no more costs to pay.
  • You can apply to put the vehicle into your name at the same time as the transfer by filling in the appropriate part of the V5.
  • When you take a cherished registration off your vehicle, you will be given back a registration mark suitable for the year of the car.
  • A cherished number can be put onto a brand new vehicle. This involves either sending the appropriate entitlement certificate to the car dealer or by us requesting the application for first registration (V55) from the car dealer. The usual Department Of Transport fees are payable since you are choosing a special reg, not just taking one from the car dealer's association.
This one's easy. Simply give our office a call and our friendly staff will be able to assist you in the selection, and purchase of a suitable registration. They'll be happy to answer any questions you have regarding the purchase or transfer.
Alternatively, you can buy a large selection of our registrations safely and securely online!
No, whilst we do have a large number of stock registrations, a lot of our reg come from individuals who are looking to transfer the marks off their own vehicles, and we also offer a vast range of as yet unissued Government stock.
If buying online, or over the phone, we accept most major credit or debit cards, including Visa, Delta, Mastercard, Switch, Solo, Electron and American Express.
We also accept payment by cheques or bank transfers, and are happy to discuss any other method of payment you may wish to use.
If you make sure to point out to the sales person you deal with that the reg is a gift, we can send all the documents out in plain envelopes, but for the best results, we recommend having an address where we can send the documents where there is no chance of them being seen, e.g. a work address, or an address with a neighbour or relative.
Transfer times on registrations do vary. Certificates from the "Make Your Own Plate/Prefix Plates" Section and "New Style Plates" Section are usually dispatched and received by the buyer within 5 to 7 working days. This does, of course, exclude hold ups that are beyond our control. Other registrations usually take between 3 to 5 weeks to complete (upon receipt of correct documentation, where appropriate).
There are no additional delivery costs associated with purchasing a registration.
No, just send it back to us with the correct section completed and we can use correction fluid to sort it out.
If we have supplied you with a registration the certificate will likely have National Numbers as the 'GRANTEE' or 'PURCHASER'. If this is the case, all you need to do to renew the certificate is send National Numbers the most recent certificate along with the renewal fees of £73 per year. For example, if your certificate expired in November 2014 and you send us the certificate in September 2016, you will need to send £146 to cover two years of renewal fees.
An inspection is where the DVLA check that the donor car is using the plates legally, by comparing the car chassis number with its log book. Whilst these checks do not happen very often they will slow down the transfer process by at least a week. This is primarily done for the safety of the person buying the plates. If it turns out that the car is stolen, then the DVLA can take the registration back, even after the transfer has been completed.
No. You are not legally able to obtain a set of number plates until after the transfer is completed as it is a legal requirement of any number plate supplier to ask for a V5C or a V948 as proof of ownership.
Not really. The only people who have access to that sort of information are the Police and the DVLA and neither of them will divulge it as it is covered by the Data Protection Act. The only hope you have got of finding the owner is if you spot the car on the road.
Irish registration marks are effectively dateless. They can go onto a vehicle of any age, making them an attractive way of hiding the age of your car.
Unfortunately it is unfeasible to update our website as soon as a plate is sold, so in a lot of cases plates appear on our site that have already gone. In these cases the plates are NOT available and will NOT be sold again. If you are really worried about this, please give us a call and we will manually update the record on our database.
Let us know as soon as possible if you sell your registration elsewhere, this saves everybody a lot of time and effort and stops us contacting you in connection with the reg via phone calls, emails and letters.
If the registration has previously been for sale with a previous owner and they failed to inform us that it was sold, then it can appear that way. We also keep a close watch on the trade magazines such as Autotrader and the Sunday Times. This means that even after you have given up advertising the plate, we have a record of it and could still find you a buyer. If you do not want your plate to be advertised by us, then feel free to give us a call and we will remove the registration from our files.
Simply complete our online, FREE, no obligation number plate valuation form and we'll tell you instantly how much we think your reg is worth. Please note that we will also put your details onto our database and keep a record of the mark to assist us in answering questions about it if registrations were ever issued. If you'd like your details removing from our system, please just tell us and we'll be happy to oblige.
Just follow the instructions in the valuation email and you can tailor the quote to your liking.
Whilst there are certain characters that look similar to letters or words, (e.g. 1 and 3 together can look like a B, 13). It is illegal to try and misspace the plate in any way.
The Retention Scheme is where a registration mark is taken off a vehicle and placed onto a certificate of entitlement. This then allows the owner to transfer the plate to another vehicle at their convenience, and means that they can sell or scrap the donor vehicle.
You can download DVLA Transfer and Retention forms directly from our page, Downloadable DVLA Forms.
This information is supplied for interest and because it covers most common questions we are asked.
But you are buying through us because we know what we're doing! So relax!

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