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Personalised number plates, cherished 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.
Transferring a number plate can take anywhere from 4 days to 6 weeks depends on the nature of the transfer. There are different rules and regulations for number plates coming from different sources, as well as your own circumstances.
For a transfer onto a vehicle the only document you will need is the V5C (also known as a logbook). It does need to be the full and latest V5C though, it cannot be a previous copy or just the green slip (V5C/2). The vehicle will also need to be taxed with an up to date MOT, or failing this it can be within the first 5 years of SORN.
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.
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.