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Registration marks that show no reference to the very first registration date of a vehicle.

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Widely available and often less costly than dateless registrations.

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Private Number Plates

Fortunately, these days private number plates are no longer reserved for the well-to-do. A personalised car registration can be acquired for less than GBP 100.00, although some sought-after private number plates can cost several thousands pounds at auction and with online dealerships.

What constitutes a private or personalised number plate?

A private number plate is actually a car registration which incorporates numbers and/or letters that specify a meaning for the car’s owner, for example M4N NU would obviously appeal to Man United soccer fans while in some foreign countries specific numbers signify good luck and a vehicle’s owner might feel such a number might bring “good fortune” to those who regularly use the vehicle.

A variety of terms are used to describe such number plates, such as personalised or private number plates, personalised registrations, novelty number plates or even vanity plates. In principle, any number plate can be a personalised or private number plate, if the letters and numbers spell out a word that means something to the owner of the vehicle.

Dealers recognise that private number plates can signify a considerable investment opportunity and they are always keen to provide customers with a large choice that is backed up by the relevant certification.

Prices for private number plates depend on how popular the combination of numbers and letters is, whether or not the combination forms a recognisable name or word and if that word or name has a widespread meaning and popularity. The highest prices are paid for the rarest plates, but trends in taste and the country’s overall economic situation also determine price and availability.

Dealers also know a private number plate makes a second hand car far more desirable – and if the number plate is rare and dateless that private number plate may be worth as much as the vehicle it is affixed to!

While buying at DVLA auction guarantees a certified and document purchase of a legitimate private number plate, the regular “search and you’ll eventually find” process from the millions of DVLA registration numbers can be time consuming. It is far easier and convenient to use a reputable dealer and some even specialise in rare private number plates.

How quickly can a registration be transferred? Specialist dealers can transfer the registration within 7 working days upon receipt of documentation, although such a service would not be available for Northern Ireland as transfer arrangements between Swansea’s DVLA and Northern Ireland’s Colerain-based DVA determine a different time scale.

The DVLA’s database for personalised registrations numbers at least 30 million registrations - making a search a rather overwhelming prospect. Prices start from around GBP 250.00 and include VAT and the GBP 80.00 assignment fee the DVLA charges. The search is often long and time consuming, while an online search with a specialist dealer is typically far quicker and just as safe.

The DVLA will issue a Certificate of Entitlement or form V750 with the purchase of a personalised number registration . It is important to make sure correct certification is supplied when purchasing a private number plate from an online dealer. Once received with the private number plate, the V750 form must be kept safe as it states the entitlement period, the nominee name details and address relating to the vehicle owner.

Once the personalised or private registration has been supplied by the DVLA the actual private number plate can be purchased from a registered number plate supplier. The supplier must see original documentation, as this proves the motorist’s identity and entitlement to use this particular registration.

One of the following documents to identify the correct owner should be shown:

  • driving licence,
  • passport, (this can be a non-UK passport)
  • national identity card,
  • police warrant card or armed forces identity card,
  • Council Tax or utility bill issued in the last 6 months or a bank,
  • or building society statement issued in the last 6 months.

One of the following documents to proof ownership of the registration number should be shown:

  • the vehicle registration certificate (forms V5CNI or V5C),
  • new keeper supplement (forms V5C/2NI or V5C/2),
  • retention document (form V778, please note this document does not apply for Northern Ireland),
  • certificate of entitlement to the number (forms V750NI or V750),
  • a renewal reminder for a tax disc or SORN (forms V11NI or V11),
  • a letter of authorisation from vehicle suppliers or fleet operators such as hire or leasing companies (the letter must show the document reference number stated on the registration certificate),
  • a number plate authorisation certificate (form V948) that carries on official stamp from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) or the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) or the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA),
  • or a temporary registration certificate (forms V379NI or V379)

Online auctions are a great way to find private number plate bargains. The DVLA holds auctions at least six times a year, as do specialist dealers selling used personalised number plates rather than the initial registration. The seller or dealer of the private number plate must provide the buyer with either the V778 certificate of retention or the V750 certificate of entitlement.

Such private or personalised registration plates can only be used on vehicles that are either already registered or in the process of being registered as well as being taxed and driven in Great Britain.

Some people will look for private number plates purely for the enjoyment of displaying their name or the name of their favourite sports team on their vehicle. Other motorists regard the purchase of a private number plate as a status symbol, a method to display wealth in a fairly unobtrusive way.

Whatever the reasons for a purchase, a private or personalised number plate can turn out to be a lucrative investment and add to the enjoyment of driving a vehicle.

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