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Personalised Registration Numbers

Find out how to purchase a cherished vehicle registration number online. You can then assign it to your car or motorcycle in the United Kingdom.

DVLA PERSONALISED NUMBER PLATES: What happens if you buy personalised registrations at an auction or from the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency (DVLA)?

You will need to pay for the legal right to transfer the private number to your vehicle. That means registering it in your name or in the name of a 'nominee'.

How to Get a Personalised Number

There are three basic steps to get a private or cherished number plate for your car or motorcycle:

  1. First you need to buy a private number (e.g. from DVLA Personalised Registrations).
  2. Then you should assign the registration number to your vehicle.
  3. Finish the process by getting personalised number plates made up by a registered supplier.

Where to Buy a Registration Number

Buy Number Plates Online or at Auction

You can use the online DVLA Personalised Registrations service to buy new registration numbers for your vehicle. There is a department at DVLA Personalised Registrations which occasionally auctions off certain exclusive premium registration numbers.

As a rule, the auction takes place 6 times each year. Reserve prices for the best vehicle numbers start from £130. They allow online viewing of the current list of numbers coming up for auction. If you want to buy a number you can also bid online, bid by phone, in person, or in writing.

Private Number Plate Dealers or Private Sale

You can buy a personal number from a number plate dealer or by private sale from a motorist. But, you should ensure you get the V750 certificate of entitlement or V778 certificate of retention when you purchase it.

Put a Registration Number on a Vehicle

The service to put a registration number on a vehicle online is only available from Monday to Saturday (8am to 6pm). You can use this service to put a registration number on your vehicle if:

There are certain conditions where you cannot to put a private registration number on a vehicle. Examples include vehicles with a 'Q' VIN or if it makes the vehicle look newer than it actually is.

Take a Registration Number off a Vehicle

The service to take a registration number off a vehicle online is only available from Monday to Saturday (8am to 6pm).

You can apply to take a registration number off a vehicle if you want to transfer a registration number it to another vehicle. The same applies if you want to hold on to it for use again in the future.

Note: You cannot retain a vehicle registration number if it starts with a 'Q Vehicle Identification Number' (VIN).

Personalised Registration Gifts

DVLA Personalised Number Plates as Gifts in the United KingdomThere is one topic that tops the list of personalised registration gifts - names! A survey shows most motorists would choose to have their own name on a number plate - if it was a gift.

The survey, conducted by DVLA, included 1,000 motorists. They wanted to get their thoughts on personalised registrations for cars. Personal names and nicknames topped the list. But, registrations representing a business were also a popular choice. Those that represented a favourite sports team or a family pet also ranked high on the list.

DVLA Personalised Registrations list over 50 million different permutations. They revealed those most searched for on their website were 'BE11 CKY' and 'SB51 MON' in 2017.

Some DVLA personalised number plates sell at auction for hundreds of thousands of pounds. But, anyone looking for gifts on a smaller budget can find registrations starting at £250.

Members of the public can buy personalised registrations online 24 hours a day. DVLA have a dedicated team to help customers find the number they want over the phone. Telephone 0300 123 0883. The lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 4.30pm.

DVLA Personalised Number Plates and Vehicle Registration Numbers