Retaining a Registration (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.
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.
Note that a V778 cannot be issued for plates starting with “Q” or “NIQ”.
If these conditions are met, then a completed form V317 (“Application to transfer or retain a vehicle registration number”) 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, which is £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.
Since 2015, this process has been possible to undertake in many cases using the gov.uk website.
But don’t worry if this sounds complicated, we can guide you through the process, or complete it on your behalf.