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DVLA VIN Number: Q Registration Plates

There are several reasons for knowing how to find a vehicle identification number. This guide explains 'what is a VIN' and why DVLA sometimes issue 'Q' registration numbers.

VIN PLATE RULES: All UK registered vehicles must have a plated vehicle identification number.

As a rule, the VIN will get stamped in to the chassis of the automobile.

The VIN is a unique number associated to each individual vehicle. DVLA use the code for identification much like registration numbers.

Vehicle identification numbers serve as a fingerprint for the car or bike. Thus, no two vehicles in operation will have the same VIN number.

Every VIN is unique because it comprises 17 different characters.

It is a combination of digits (numbers) and capital letters. Combining the numbers and letters acts as a unique identifier for each vehicle.

How to Find a Vehicle Identification Number

Inspect the vehicle chassis number from registration if you want to identify your VIN. But, in some cases the identification plate may be missing if the car got rebuilt, altered, or modified.

Reasons for a New VIN or Registration

There are some specific reasons why you may need to get a new VIN or registration number. They include:

Note: In these cases the vehicle may need type approval and the DVLA would usually need to assess it for roadworthiness.

Vehicle Identification Number: VIN Chassis Number from RegistrationOften, you can keep its original registration number. But, you would need to prove the original VIN of the vehicle.

The alternative is to apply for a replacement identity number instead.

The DVLA issue an authorisation letter. Receipt of the letter means you can get the vehicle stamped with the new VIN.

But, this can only take place if your vehicle passes the DVLA assessment.

The next step is to get vehicle registration to use it on the roads. DVLA need confirmation that it got stamped with the correct VIN before they will register it.

Rules for Q Registration: Q Reg Cars

In some cases, the DVLA will issue a 'Q' registration number. As a rule, Q plates get registered to vehicles whose age or identity cannot be confirmed.

There are different rules for Q registration. It means an original vehicle registration number becomes invalid. Thus, you must not display that registration again.

Note: All vehicles must pass an appropriate type approval test before they get a Q registration.

Also in this section...

Kit-built Vehicles: The process for registering kit-builds and kit-converted vehicle registration.
Kit-Converted Vehicles: The process for vehicle registration of kit-converts at the DVLA.
New and Used Vehicles: Check the process for registering different types of vehicles and fees.
New Registrations: Information on the process to get a vehicle registered yourself at DVLA.
Old and Classic Vehicles: How to register old or classic cars that have not been taxed since 1983.
Radically Altered Vehicles: The process to register vehicles altered from their original specification.
Rebuilt Vehicles: Check out how to register a rebuilt vehicle in the United Kingdom.
Reconstructed Classics: Follow these steps to register a reconstructed classic vehicle.

DVLA VIN Number: Q Plate Rules for Registration in the United Kingdom