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Private plate auction FAQs

For your convenience, useful responses to common auction queries.

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Bid increments

The amount a bid increases by is known as a bid increment. Bid increments are smaller when the bid price is low, and larger in higher price brackets.

Current price Bid increment
£100 - £499.99 £25
£500 - £999.99 £50
£1,000 - £9,999.99 £100
£10,000 - £49,999.99 £500
£50,000 - £99,999.99 £1000
£100,000+ £5000

Note that when the current price is less than £100, the minimum bid increment is £100 or the current price plus £25, whichever is the greater.


You pay a listing fee to sell your registration in our auction and you pay a selling fee when it is sold. Full details can be found on our Auction fees page.


We make every attempt to explain things as plainly as possible though we may use terms widely used by government and business to ensure clarity. Our number plate glossary page will help with some of these terms.

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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