The DVA - Northern Ireland
The DVLA now covers vehicle licensing and number plates within mainland UK and Northern Ireland!
Within Northern Ireland, these roles used to be carried out by the “Driver and Vehicle Agency” or DVA, based in Coleraine. From 2015 the DVLA took control of all the vehicle records and registrations in Northern Ireland, following the closure of the Local DVLA office network, the abolishment of the Tax Disc and introduction of some new Digital services and Retention scheme rolled out to Northern Ireland citizens. The DVLNI are now only responsible for issuing Driving licences.
Irish number plates do look distinctively different (3 letters with 4 numbers) and can include the letters ‘I’ or ‘Z’ within the letter component. E.g. RIL 1234, ADZ 4567, or RCZ 7890. This type of plate can be purchased from as little as £99 depending on the initials. Auctions are held for the more prestigious NI plates like GAZ 1, JAZ 1, JAZ 11, JAZ 555. GAZ 4 “GAZZA” was once on sale for £25,000. At the other end of the spectrum some of the most affordable and cheap private registrations are Irish Number Plates.
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.
Transferring Registration marks to Northern Ireland
Since 2015, this can be done easily online via the .Gov website or through DVLA, by post to Personalised Registrations, DVLA, SA99 1DS, without the need for a GB registered donor vehicle.
Vehicle transfer requires the usual fee of £80.00 payable to DVLA Swansea and submission of a completed V317 form.
Once the transfer has been accepted, replacement V5C Documents are issued and the vehicle Tax/MOT records updated accordingly.