Dvla Number Plate Assignment

To assign a private (personalised) number to a vehicle, you need either a:

  • V778 retention document
  • V750 certificate of entitlement
  • online reference number

You get one of these when you either buy a number or take a number from another vehicle you own.

Assign the number to a vehicle you already own

You can assign a private number online or by post.

You can’t assign a number starting with ‘Q’ or ‘NIQ’.

The vehicle must:

  • be registered with DVLA in the UK
  • be available for inspection
  • be able to move under its own power
  • be of a type that needs an MOT or heavy goods vehicle (HGV) test certificate
  • either have been taxed (or have had a SORN in place) continously for the last 5 years.

Your vehicle will need to be taxed if it’s had a SORN for longer than 5 years. It might also need to be inspected.

It doesn’t cost anything to do this.

DVLA will send you a new log book (V5C) in the post.

You must put new number plates on the vehicle before you drive it.

Assign a private number to a brand new vehicle

You can ask your car dealer to assign a private number to a vehicle you’re buying. Give the dealer your V750 or V778 document.

Your dealer can also transfer your private number from a vehicle you own to a vehicle you’re buying.

Both vehicles must be of a type that needs an MOT or heavy goods vehicle (HGV) test certificate.

If you’re transferring the number from a vehicle you own, DVLA will send you the new log book (V5C) for that vehicle with a new registration number.

You must not sell or get rid of a vehicle until you get the new log book (V5C).

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These registrations are dateless and can be assigned to any appropriate 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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Have a question about number plates or how to find your ideal number plate? Browse our Questions & Answers section for more information.

Finding your ideal plate

DVLA Personalised Registrations have over 45 million registrations available to buy online, so finding your ideal number plate might seem daunting at first, but the process is very simple.

What's the total cost?

All registrations include VAT and the £80 assignment fee. This means there is nothing else to pay except for the costs of having the actual physical plates made up. NO HIDDEN CHARGES!

What happens after purchase?

Once you have purchased your registration we will send you a Certificate of Entitlement (V750). Keep this safe, as this is the form you will need when you are ready...

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