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These registrations are dateless and can be assigned to any vehicle registered within mainland Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Please click View for a selection of Northern Ireland (NI) registrations that can be purchased for a fixed price.

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What You Need To Know After Buying

These are some of the questions you may have after you've made your purchase. Click on the relevant question from the list below to view the answers.


What happens once I have purchased a personalised registration number from the DVLA?

For online purchases bought through this website, you will receive an email confirmation of sale within 24 hours, and a Certificate of Entitlement (V750) will be posted to the address you gave, which you should receive within two weeks. This is your proof of entitlement and the application form you must use to assign the registration number to a vehicle.

For auction purchases, you should receive the Certificate of Entitlement (V750) within two weeks after your payment has cleared.

You must apply to DVLA to assign the registration number to a vehicle. You must not display the registration number on a vehicle until you have received confirmation from DVLA in the form of a Registration Certificate (V5C) in the new registration number.

You have until the expiry date shown on your certificate to have the number assigned to a vehicle.

I have seen a different registration number that I would like instead, can I exchange my purchase?

We don't exchange purchases, but under certain circumstances, you can cancel your purchase and get a refund (see I've changed my mind, can I cancel my purchase? ). You can buy a different registration number by following the normal purchase process.

I have changed my mind, can I cancel my purchase?

Please be aware that the following information only applies to fixed price registrations sold through this website. Our cancellation policy does not apply to DVLA Auction purchases.

If you have not already applied to put the registration number onto a vehicle, you can cancel your purchase by emailing us at cancellations@dvla.gsi.gov.uk within 10 working days after the date of purchase.

Applications to cancel made after 10 working days will not be accepted, but you can still apply for a refund of the £80.00 assignment fee. (see 'I no longer want to assign this registration number to a vehicle. Can I claim any money back? ').

In your email please include:

  • The registration number you purchased
  • Your full name and address, as it was given at the time of purchase. If it was a company purchase, please also provide your name and position in that company
  • A declaration that you will destroy the Certificate of Entitlement (V750) once we have confirmed that your purchase has been cancelled (or if you have not yet received the certificate, you will destroy it upon receipt).

We aim to reply to you within three working days of your request, and if approved, a refund will be made to the payment card used at the time of purchase. There is no cancellation fee.

How do I apply to put the registration number on a vehicle?

When you are ready to put your new registration number onto your vehicle, you will need to apply to assign it.

Unregistered vehicles

If you are getting a brand new vehicle that has not yet been registered, ask the vehicle dealer if they can register the vehicle with the new number.

  • Choose 'unregistered vehicle' in section 1 on your Certificate of Entitlement (V750)
  • Sign and date the certificate in section 1
  • Give the certificate to the dealer before they register the vehicle.

If you are applying to register a vehicle yourself (not through a new vehicle dealer) include the filled in Certificate of Entitlement (V750) with your application. More information on registering a vehicle can be found at www.gov.uk/vehicle-registration

Registered vehicles

If the vehicle is already registered and has an existing registration number, you can apply to the DVLA to have the new number assigned.

Note: If you have just bought the vehicle and you want to drive it on the road you must tax it immediately before you apply to assign the new registration number. Go online at www.gov.uk/vehicletax or to a Post Office branch that deals with vehicle tax using the 'New keeper's details' (V5C/2) section. For further information please visit www.gov.uk/dvla/nomoretaxdisc

  • Choose 'registered vehicle' in section 1 on your Certificate of Entitlement (V750)
  • Enter the vehicle's existing registration number, along with the validation character that can be found on the Registration Certificate (V5C)
  • Sign and date the certificate in section 1
  • Send the following documents to DVLA Personalised Registrations, Swansea, SA99 1DS
    • The Certificate of Entitlement (V750) with section 1 filled in
    • The Registration Certificate (V5C) for the vehicle
    • The assignment fee of £80 (only applicable if you purchased the registration number before 1 May 1993)

Please note: if you have just got the vehicle and you do not have the V5C you can use the New keeper's details section (V5C/2) provided it has not previously been stamped by DVLA, but you must also include a filled in 'Application for a vehicle registration certificate' (V62). You can get a V62 from www.gov.uk/dvlaforms or from a Post Office branch that deals with vehicle tax.

The vehicle's existing registration number will be withdrawn, unless you apply to transfer or retain it. If you wish to transfer or retain that vehicle registration number, you will need to fill in and submit an 'Application to transfer or retain a vehicle registration number' (V317) at the same time as the assignment.

What happens next?

The DVLA may want to inspect your vehicle. If so, they will contact you.

The DVLA will send you a new V5C within two weeks of receiving your application. However, this could take up to four weeks if you sent us a V62, or if we need to inspect the vehicle.

If you have not received your new V5C after eight weeks, phone DVLA enquiries on 0300 790 6802. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have a textphone, phone 0300 123 1279 (this number will not respond to ordinary phones).

How do I get the new plates made?

You will need to purchase the new plates from a registered number plate supplier, who will ensure the plates are made to the correct legal standard. More information about number plates can be found here:

http://www.gov.uk/displaying-number-plates
http://www.gov.uk/displaying-number-plates/getting-number-plates-made-up

How do I apply to put the registration number onto someone elses vehicle?

You will need to have the registered keeper of the vehicle named as a Nominee on the Certificate of Entitlement (V750). You can name a Nominee at the time of purchase, or you can add or change the Nominee later by applying online via 'My Account' or by post. See section C on the reverse of the Certificate of Entitlement (V750) for more details.

If applying by post, you can also apply to assign your registration number to the vehicle at the same time.

I have not applied to assign the registration number to a vehicle, and my certificate is due to expire. Can I renew it?

We will send you a reminder approximately four weeks before it is due to expire, advising you what to do next.

You can apply to renew online via 'My Account' up to 28 days before the expiry date on the certificate. If you are applying before the expiry date, there is no fee to extend and you will receive a replacement certificate that is valid for 10 years.

If you have not applied before the expiry date but still wish to extend, complete section 3 on the certificate and send your request by post, including the backdated fees. The fee is £25.00 per year for certificates that expired before 9th March 2015. There is no fee for certificates that expire on or after this date.

Please see section D on the reverse of the Certificate of Entitlement (V750) for more details.

I no longer want to assign this registration number to a vehicle. Can I claim any money back?

If the entitlement has expired and you don't extend it, the registration number will become void. If you are not going to assign the number to a vehicle, you can claim back the £80.00 assignment fee (which was included in the purchase price from May 1993) by filling in sections 5 and 6 on the Certificate of Entitlement (V750), and applying to DVLA.

You can also apply before the entitlement has expired, but please be aware that in doing so you will be giving up any right to the registration number and you will not be able to assign it to a vehicle.

See section F on the reverse of the Certificate of Entitlement (V750) for more details.

I haven't received my Certificate of Entitlement (V750) or I have lost/destroyed it. Can I get a replacement?

If you have not already applied to put the registration number onto a vehicle, and there is at least 5 days left before the expiry date, you can apply for a duplicate certificate online via 'My Account'. There is no fee for this. Please allow two weeks for delivery of the new certificate.

If there are at least four weeks left before the expiry date, you can also apply by post - dvlaregistrations.direct.gov.uk/contactus. Please confirm the registration number, your full name and address and the reason you need a duplicate certificate. Please allow three weeks for the delivery of the new certificate if applying by post.

I have changed address. How do I update this on my Certificate of Entitlement (V750)?

If you have not already applied to put the registration number onto a vehicle, and there is at least 5 days left before the expiry date, you can apply to change the address online via 'My Account'. Please allow two weeks for delivery of the new certificate.

You can also apply by post, please see section E on the reverse of the certificate. Please allow three weeks for the delivery of the new certificate if applying by post.

I have a Certificate of Entitlement (V750), how can I check that it is the latest valid certificate?

You can check this by clicking the following link. You will need to have the registration number and the certificate number to do this.

Check the validity of a Certificate of Entitlement (V750)

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