DVLA Registrations are owned by the Government, you actually only buy the right to use them on your car. Your right to the registration is proved by a V750 for brand new registrations or a V778 form for previoulsy owned cherished registrations.
When you purchase a number plate – either an original, unused, Make Your Own plate; from an auction; or one of our rarer dateless, cherished registrations what do you get?
Like passports and driving licences, registrations are owned by the Government. You are actually buying the right to use this plate on a vehicle registered – or about to be registered – and taxed in the UK. For an unissued number plate from DVLA stock, this right is conferred by DVLA form “V750″. Previously issued registrations (e.g. those from private sales and dateless plates) have the rights to use them assigned by the V778 form.
A “V750″ will show:
*A “nominee” is another person entitled to use the DVLA registration, e.g. if it is intended as a gift
- the registration number
- the purchaser and nominee*
- the date when the right to assign the registration number will end
You can extend the right to assign the DVLA number plate by a further 10 years from whatever date it expires.
Once the registration has been properly assigned to a vehicle it will remain with that vehicle (even if sold) for the vehicles life or until the registered owner applies successfully to transfer or retain the plate, see below. You can now take a registration off a vehicle (retain) online using the www.gov.uk website.
Retaining a Registration: DVLA Form “V778″
If you wish to obtain a DVLA Registration that is currently registered against another vehicle (e.g. from a private sale or non-DVLA auction), you must obtain a V778 certificate from the DVLA.
A V778 cannot be issued for plates starting with “Q” or “NIQ”!
This must be applied for by the registered keeper of the vehicle holding the plate i.e. the seller. This certificate allows the number to be retained against someone else’s name, so the seller can transfer the plate directly to you or to another name if it’s intended as a gift.
As with V750′s for new plates, V778 certificates can be obtained. These do the same job as a V750 the only difference is if on a V778 it means the registration has been used on a vehicle in its history. To successfully apply for a V778, the vehicle currently holding the plate must be:
- registered with the DVLA
- available for inspection
- covered by an MOT or HGV test certificate (or SORN correctly for no more than 3 years)
A “Statutory Off Road Notification” (SORN) must have been issued without a break from tax expiry and within the last 12 months.
V317: “Application to transfer or retain a vehicle registration number”
If these conditions are met, then a completed form V317 should be sent to the DVLA. At the time of writing, other documents required by the DVLA in support of a V317 include the vehicle’s registration certificate or new keeper supplement, a completed V62 (“Application for a vehicle registration certificate V5C”), MOT or HGV test document – if applicable – and the appropriate fee. At the time of writing, DVLA retention fees are:
- £80.00 This then provides you with a V778 Retention Document with 10 year validity.
In addition, if the donor vehicle needs taxing the associated forms, documents and fees must also be sent.
But don’t worry if this sounds complicated! We can guide you through this process, or complete it on your behalf – Contact Us for more details.
Since 2015, this process has been possible to undertake in many cases using the .Gov.uk website https://www.gov.uk/keep-registration-number