Number Plate Guide
15 March 2016
Number plates help to identify a vehicle. Fixed to the front and rear of a vehicle, registration numbers are owned by the Secretary of State and are allocated as part of the process of registering and taxing vehicles.The plate is allocated to the vehicle, not its registered keeper, and stays with the vehicle until the vehicle is broken up, destroyed or exported permanently out of the country. [caption id="attachment_1833" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Number Plate Guide[/caption] To learn more, read our Car Tax Guide by ALA GAP Insurance.
Number Plate EntitlementEntitlement to the vehicle registration number will stay with the vehicle, even when it has changed hands. However, the registered keeper can transfer or retain the vehicle registration number before they get rid of the vehicle.
Number Plate FormatIn 1 September 2001 the current format for vehicle registration numbers was introduced for all new vehicles being registered. The format is two letters, two numbers, a space and a further three letters. The first two letters are the DVLA memory tag, the two numbers (the age identifier) indicate the age of the vehicle, and the last three letters are random.
- DVLA Memory Tags - The first letter represents the region and the second a DVLA local office.
- Age identifier - The two middle numbers show the age of the vehicle down to a six month period - March to August or September to February. The age identifier changes on 1 March and 1 September.
- Random letters - The last three letters are random to give the vehicle car a unique identity.
Displaying a Number PlateDVLA’s Road Vehicles Regulations govern how vehicle number plates are designed, manufactured and displayed. It is illegal to alter, rearrange or misrepresent the numbers and letters on a number plate to form names or words, or in a way that makes it difficult to read. Individuals who fail to display the number plate properly may be fined up to £1000, or even have the registration plate permanently withdrawn.
Personalised Number PlatesWhen an individual purchases a personalised number plate they are buying the right to assign that number to a vehicle. The vehicle can be registered in your name, or in the name of someone else (‘the nominee’). How to buy a personalised vehicle registration
- Personal number plates can bought online from DVLA Personalised Registrations.
- The DVLA also holds Personalised Registrations auctions about 6 times a year and prices start from £130.
- Number plates can be bought from a dealer or from a motorist in a private sale. It is important to receive the V750 certificate of entitlement or V778 certificate of retention.
- the online service to take a registration number off a vehicle
- a V750 certificate of entitlement or V778 retention document
- the 11-digit reference number from the latest V5C registration certificate
- a credit card or debit card to pay any outstanding renewal fees
Getting a personalised number plate madePersonalised number plates can only be made up from a registered number plate supplier. Click here to find your nearest number plate supplier. Before ordering from a supplier, they will need to see original documents that:
- prove your identity (e.g. your passport)
- show you’re entitled to the registration number (e.g. the V5 vehicle registration certificate)