The DVA – Northern Ireland
The DVLA only covers vehicle licensing and number plates within mainland UK! Within Northern Ireland, these roles are carried out by the “Driver and Vehicle Agency” or DVA, based in Coleraine.
Irish number plates can have the letter “I” or “Z” within the letters E.G. RIL 1234 ~ ADZ 4567 this type of plate can be purchased from only £250. Auctions are held for the more prestigious NI plates like GAZ 1, JAZ 1, JAZ 11, JAZ 555. GAZ 4 “GAZZA” was once onsale for £25,000.
The DVA was formed by an amalgamation of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland (DVLNI) and the Driver & Vehicle and Testing Agency (DVTA). Northern Ireland has its own scheme for managing registrations, and its own formats for plates. However, you can legally use your mainland cherished marks in the province. Here’s how …
Transferring GB mainland registration marks to Northern Ireland
Some complications arise if you wish to transfer a mainland registration mark to Northern Ireland, but as you may expect this can be easily done with our guidance.
This is very straightforward but does involve additional fees, usually £80 payable to DVA plus an additional admin fee for the GB agent supplying the donor vehicle. The number first has to be transferred to a vehicle registered in the GB mainland, as per the usual transfer process.
Once the initial transfer has been accepted & V5C Document issued the now GB mainland donor vehicle documents can be submitted to DVLA Local Office with the recipient N.I vehicle documents which will then be forwarded to Northern Ireland’s DVA in Coleraine, where they will then transfer the irish number plate onto the designated vehicle and issue the new licence disc.