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Number plate auctions

Bid on registrations with the assurance of having us oversee the whole transaction.

An auction like no other!

You could use any number of online auctions to buy a private number plate.

But why would you? We go further than anyone else.

No buyers premiums

No buyer's premium to pay

Other auctions apply fees of up to 26%


A fully managed transfer service

We take care of all the transfer paperwork for you. Who else can do that?


Secure fully protected purchase

We protect both buyer and seller preventing any fraudulent activity

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Trust the specialists!

Over 40 years experience as registration specialists

How our number plate auction works

Our number plate auction works much like other auction sites. We differ slightly in that buying a registration requires the completion and filing of DVLA paperwork and we handle all that for you.

Listing a registration

Selling a number plate in our auction is perfect for simplifying an otherwise complicated transfer procedure. It is quick and simple and it costs as little as £10 plus VAT.

  1. Sign in to your Regtransfers account or sign up for one
  2. Request a free valuation on the number plate you would like to list
  3. Once we have valued your number plate, click on the 'List in auction' button
  4. Set a starting price, reserve and any options you'd like
  5. Once you list your number plate it will appear in our 'Coming Soon' section for 5 days. After 5 days have passed the auction will then start and will last for 7 days
  6. When your registration is won, we will send you an email to confirm this
  7. Upload the documents requested by email into your account
  8. Receive your money by bank transfer or cheque

Bidding on a registration

Bidders have an excellent opportunity to purchase great registrations that rarely come to market. The bidding process is very simple to follow and easy to understand.

  1. Sign in to your Regtransfers account or sign up for one
  2. Find the registration that catches your eye
  3. Make your bid - see our tips below
  4. Track progress in your account
  5. When you win, we will send you an email and a deposit will be taken
  6. Pay the balance in 7 days and order your acrylics
  7. Upload any documents requested by email into your account
  8. Receive your new documents

Top tips for buying and selling

Whether you looking for number plates for sale or you are selling a number plate, here are some handy tips to help you succeed in our number plate auction.

Selling a plate in auction

  • Set a realistic reserve price that you will accept
  • Set a starting price that is close to your reserve
  • Consider using a Buy-It-Now option to secure a quick sale

Buying a plate in auction

  • Always 'Watch' the registration you are interested in
  • When bidding, enter the maximum amount you are prepared to pay, bearing in mind the £80 transfer fee and that VAT may be applicable
  • Look out for emails that tell you if you have been outbid
  • Make sure your stored card is correct as we use this to take your deposit

Trust the experts

Regtransfers is one of the first independent cherished registration specialist companies formed in the UK and we have an unrivalled stock of exclusive, top quality registrations. Our auction differs from many other online auctions in that we specialise in selling registration marks and draw on over 30 years experience in the marketplace to ensure that the transfer process is overseen securely and legally by Regtransfers staff.

Trading since 1982 we draw upon this immense industry experience to deliver a safe and secure service. We understand that, with the rules and regulations governing the transfer of registration marks, it can be a daunting experience for customers unfamiliar with the industry. We aim to offer the most straightforward, most secure and best overall online auction facility for buying and selling registration marks in the UK.

Need help with the auction?

You can learn more from the most commonly-asked questions on our Auction FAQ's page and if you need a little extra help you can call us or send an email to [email protected].

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The role of DVLA

Car registrations and number plates, including personalised number plates, in the UK, are the responsibility of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, usually known as the DVLA. It issues new registrations twice a year and also maintains the central database that records details of all vehicles licensed to drive on UK roads, along with their keeper and registration information.

Regtransfers works closely with DVLA to complete registration transfers as quickly and efficiently as possible. Regtransfers is a DVLA-registered supplier of personal car registrations and number plates and is listed on the DVLA Registrations website. All number plates supplied by Regtransfers comply with DVLA's prescribed standards and regulations.

DVLA administers all UK registration transfers and issues updated registration documents when the registration number of a car is changed, or when a registration is removed from a vehicle and placed on a retention document in accordance with the DVLA Retention Scheme.

DVLA is a registered trade mark of the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency. Regtransfers is not affiliated with the DVLA or DVLA Personalised Registrations. Regtransfers is a recognised reseller of unissued Government stock.

Number plate regulations

When a car is on the road, it is an offence to display number plates bearing any number other than the vehicle's officially recorded registration number. If you purchase a private registration, learn how to transfer private plates before displaying the new number.

All registration number plates displayed on UK vehicles must comply with the official number plate regulations. DVLA oversees enforcement of number plates display regulations and maintains a register of approved manufacturers and retailers of vehicle number plates.

Regtransfers is not part of, and is not formally affiliated with DVLA.

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