Transferring a Registration
How to Assign, Change or Transfer Number Plates
To assign a number plate, change or transfer number plates you’ll need to go through a multi-step process. To change registration on your own, please watch the video below showing what site to go to and what documents to have at hand.
If you wish to have the change registration process done for you, we can assist. With over 30 years in the business of number plate registrations, we can change registrations and obtain DVLA Retention Document certificates for you without hassle. In fact, if you purchase a plate through us, we will also carry out the transfer on your behalf as part of the transaction.
If you buy your private number plate from us we can carry out the transfer on your behalf.
What’s Involved in a DVLA Number Plate Change
Before you can transfer a number plate to a vehicle, you must first have a valid DVLA certificate granting you rights to the registration mark.
V750: Certificate of Entitlement
The Certificate of Entitlement, or more commonly known as V750, is a form issued by DVLA for new and previously unassigned vehicle registration marks. The V750 registration marks are generated when consumers make a purchase from DVLA’s auction site.
V778: Retention Certificates
Retention certificates are used when a registration mark has previously been in retention status. The can also be or kept unassigned to a vehicle for future use or for investment purposes.
Assignment certificates are primarily used when number plates are given as gifts. These certificates can be obtained in someone else’s name, so the recipient of the plate does not have to be involved for most of the transaction process.
How to Transfer a Private Number Plate
Once you have your V750 or V778 certificate you can apply to the DVLA to assign the number plate to a vehicle.
You can apply to assign registration marks online using your V750 or V778 Certificate & V5C (receiving vehicle) document reference numbers at the DVLA website.
If you would rather apply by post to assign the number plate, you must send two forms to the DVLA:
- The completed V750 or V778, signed by the person named at the top of the certificate.
- The Registration Certificate (V5C) or the New Keeper Supplement with a completed V62.
If the New Keepers Supplement has been stamped by a DVLA local office you’ll need to complete a V62 form and return it to DVLA Swansea before you can apply. The vehicle must also be taxed, although you can submit the appropriate taxation fees and documents along with the assignment request if needed.
Once the DVLA confirms the transfer you may then display your new cherished number plates on your vehicle.
To order physical perspex number plates, use our online order form or simply add them to your order during the registration purchase process.
*You may order physical plates from us only if you purchased the personalised registration mark through us.
Special Change Registration Considerations
- A UK personalised registration number can only be assigned to a vehicle which is licensed (or due to be licensed) and registered in the UK.
- It is possible to do a number plate transfer to a vehicle which is currently SORN, providing the vehicle has had no breaks in the taxation history.
- Personalised registration numbers cannot go onto a vehicle currently displaying a ‘Q’ number plate.
- Remember you cannot make a vehicle look newer than it actually is! For example “TT51 AUD” can not go onto “Y344 JFD” and “K9 AMR” can not be transferred to “C557 TGB”.