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Personalised Number Plates

Everything you'd want to know about private number plates, all in one place.

Last updated on 19 August 2022 | 0 min read

What are personalised number plates?

Personalised number plates, also known as private number plates or private registrations as they are sometimes known, are DVLA registration numbers that have been added to the vehicle by the owner.
This could be for numerous reasons, such as to cover the age of the vehicle or simply because the driver wanted their name on the car. Regardless of the reason, a number which the owner decides to add to the vehicle, rather than stick with the original number plate issued by the DVLA, is considered personalised or private.

What is a cherished number plate?

Traditionally, cherished number plates are dateless registration marks issued before 1963. They’ve been around for years, making them very popular with car fanatics. Nowadays, cherished number plates can also be used as a name for personalised number plates or private registration, or just even private plates.

Can I get a private number plate for my car?

To be eligible for a private number plate, your car will need to meet the following criteria:
• Registered with the DVLA • Need an MOT or HGV test certificate, and move under its own power • Have been taxed or SORN currently, and continuously for the past 5 years • Be available for inspection if needed The DVLA doesn’t allow newer registration marks to be transferred to older vehicles, so check the car’s age and make sure you’re picking a plate that’s permitted.

How do I assign a private number plate?

Once you’ve got your new private number plate, you’ll need to assign it to your vehicle. You can do this online or via post.
To assign your private number plate, you’ll need the car’s V5C (also known as a logbook). It needs to be the full and latest V5C, not a previous copy. If you don’t have this, you can fill in a V62 and send it via post with a green “new keeper” slip. The vehicle will also need to be taxed with an up to date MOT. Failing this it can be within the first five years of SORN. Learn more about the process and assign your plate online on the Gov website.

How long does it take to get a number plate?

Where certain requirements are met and the vehicle does not require an inspection, a number plate can be assigned immediately using the DVLA’s online service. It can take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to arrive.

How much would a private number plate cost?

Prices will vary based on many variables. Generally speaking, the older a number plate is the more expensive it tends to be on the private market. Registrations that appear like different words and names carry their own valued based on how popular the name is, as well as how many number plates there are on the market that are similar.

Where do private number plates come from?

Number plates have existed in many forms for over a century and new combinations are added every year by the DVLA. National Numbers sources its personalised registrations from numerous places, including private owners and the DVLA themselves, as well as having their own extensive range of stock, so you should never be short of options.

Can I keep a private number plate if I sell the car?

You can keep your private number plate if you sell or scrap your car. Just fill out the V317 form on the Government’s website to let the DVLA know you’re removing the plate from the current vehicle.

Can I pass a private number plate on?

You can sell or pass your private number plate on, either by yourself or through a dealer. If you sell it yourself, you can reassign the number plate online or by post. The DVLA will send a replacement log book with the new number plate in it.
If you sell your private plate, don’t share a photo or scan of the V750 or V778 documents. Someone could use them to assign the private plate themselves.