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Frequently Asked Questions

What are personalised number plates compared to the other synonyms used?

A personalised number plate would be described to be personal to the owner/driver of the vehicle, letters or numbers that mean something such as a name or initials.

How and where can we buy personalised number plates?

There are actually a few choices depending on how much you would like to spend and which type/style you would like. There are many dealers websites on the internet, the dealers who are members with a trade association are the best ones to look for. CarReg are members of all trade bodies and recognised reseller with the DVLA. Be careful if you see a “bargain” from a seller on Ebay! There are also various auctions like Bonhams which sell special numbers at Goodwood each year. The DVLA hold auctions around the UK and online. Many of the shortest numbers and most desirable personalised number plates have already been issued and sold so will only become available in the secondhand marketplace.

Can I buy one and not use it?

Yes, this is now very easy. DVLA created the retention system quite a few years ago. When a number is retained (on a V778 certificate) then it is safe to store away for as many months or years as you wish! Some are issued but have never actually been on a vehicle. These numbers will be held on a Government V750 certificate, again you can store them safely for as long as you wish.

How much do they cost?

There are so many different variables which would determine a realistic price for each. Prices generally start (with CarReg) at £130. This type of number would be a make your own style which are perfect and ideal gifts. We also have cheap Irish number plates from only £65. Prices rise when you start to look for dateless numbers and names. Names get more expensive the more popular the name and how clear and precise the name is on the plate. Shorter numbers and number one plates also become more expensive the more popular the letters. Single letters with number one (Example; P1) may retail around £1,000,000!