FAQ

FAQ's

If I buy a personalised number plate do I have to put it straight onto a vehicle?

No. Most personalised number plates can be supplied on a certificate. Once you have the certificate, you will have until the certificate's expiry date (usually 10 years from when you buy it) to transfer the personalised number plate to a vehicle of your choice.


What documents do I need to buy a registration number?

If you are buying a number plate and you want it transferred onto your vehicle straight away then you will need to provide the following documents:

  • The original of the vehicle's most recent V5C Registration Certificate, sometimes known as the logbook
  • Details of current MOT test certification (if applicable). We do not need your actual MOT certificate.
  • Details of your current road TAX

If you are buying a number plate and would like to put it on a vehicle at some later date:

  • No documents are required initially. You will need the documents mentioned above when you do come to transfer your number plate onto your intended vehicle.

Is there any vehicle that I cannot transfer my personalised number plate to?

  • You cannot transfer your number plate onto a 'Q' registered vehicle. This is where the number plate on the vehicle starts with a 'Q'. DVLA issues ‘Q’ registration numbers to vehicles whose age or identity is in doubt.
  • You cannot transfer a number plate to a vehicle of a type that does NOT need an MOT or heavy goods vehicle (HGV) test certificate. An example of a vehicle you cannot transfer a number plate is a tractor.
  • You cannot make a vehicle look newer than it actually is.

What restrictions apply to the transfer of a number plate with a year letter?

You may not attempt to make a vehicle look newer than it actually is.


How much does it cost to transfer a number plate?

It costs £80 to transfer a number plate onto a certificate or vehicle.


Why are some, but not all, number plates subject to VAT?

VAT is payable on number plate sales where:

  • The number plate is owned by Regtransfers
  • The number plate is a government issue number plate
  • The number plate is being sold on behalf of third party vendors who is VAT registered.

VAT is NOT payable on number plate sales where:

  • The number plate is sold on behalf of a third party vendor who is not VAT registered.


What happens to the number plate that is currently on my vehicle?

You have 2 options:

  1. You may choose to pay the Department for Transport retention fee (currently £80) and retain the number. This means that the number will be transferred onto a certificate that you can later use to put that number plate onto another vehicle.
  2. You can choose not to keep the old number. If you do not retain the number on a certificate as described above, or transfer it to another vehicle, then it will be lost when you receive your amended V5C showing your new registration. When you receive your new V5C showing the new registration, you must remove the old number plates and display the new number.


How long does it take to transfer a personalised number plate?

Transfers done by post usually take 10-15 working days where payment clears successfully and all documentation is provided and completed correctly. In some cases we are able to conduct the transfer online. Where this is possible the process is much faster and the transfer can be achieved almost immediately on receipt of cleared funds and correct documents.



What happens if I need to TAX or MOT my vehicle while the transfer is being processed?

You can TAX your vehicle online and get an MOT done if the transfer has not been completed however if the DVLA process your number plate transfer before you have bought your road TAX or completed your MOT then the transfer will fail. We advise customers to do this before they send us their documents if they have less than 4 weeks remaining.


If my vehicle already has a personalised number plate on it can I transfer that number plate to another vehicle or to certificate at the same time?

Yes, we can do that for you. You will need to immediately supply us with the documents of the vehicle to which you wish to transfers the registration, and you will also need to send us an extra £80 cheque payable to the 'Department for Transport' to cover the fee for this additional transfer. If you want to keep the old number, but have no second vehicle available, then we can put that registration onto a retention certificate for you.


If I am buying a new unregistered vehicle can I transfer a personalised number plate onto it?

If you are buying a new, unregistered car you have two options:

  1. Wait until your new vehicle is registered and then ask us to transfer your new personalised number plate onto it, or;
  2. If we are able to supply your new personalised number plate on a certificate you can, in most cases give the certificate to the dealership you are buying your car from and ask them to do the transfer when the car is registered.


Can I buy a personalised number plate for my motorcycle or moped?

Yes, motorcycles and mopeds can participate freely in the registration transfer scheme.

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