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Stephen Maskill and his perfect plate

Customer Success - Stephen Maskill

Stephen Maskill from Malton in North Yorkshire says he is “happily divorced” and loves spending time with his two children Charlie and Emily. “We enjoy weekends away and generally getting up to all sorts of stuff their mum doesn’t let them do!”

As a sales manager for a large international property development company, he splits his time between the company’s offices in London, Manchester and Hong Kong.

“My passions are cars and watches,” Stephen says, “and I am always swapping and changing both.”

After almost 20 years of buying and selling number plates through Regtransfers, Stephen has finally acquired his perfect plate. “I’ve dabbled with numbers plates that worked at the time,” he explains, “but, for one reason or another, they were never quite right and I always sold them.”

One of Stephen’s earliest number plates was SER 464. The letters represented his first name together with those of both his daughter, Emily and his ex-wife, Rachel, who’s still a good pal. This was fine until young Charlie came along.

The initials theme no longer worked so Stephen bought 393 FEV, a reference to his schooldays nickname, ‘Fev’. Following that, Stephen bought XXX 7S. The last two characters were the only ones of intentional significance, representing his house number and first initial. “The ‘XXX’ did, however, always raise a few questions as to the industry I worked in, so that also had to go!”

More registrations came and went, including S9 YOO and UGO 5M, until Stephen spotted 27 SLM in an upcoming auction. “I planned to attend and bid in person,” he recalls, “but, due to work commitments in Hong Kong, I missed the auction and I missed the plate.”

As his business trip had been successful, Stephen decided to spend some money on another watch to cheer himself up after missing out on the registration he had wanted. “Imagine my surprise when an email from Regtransfers landed in my inbox advertising 27 SLM for sale.” It was now just a few days before Christmas so what else could Stephen possibly ask Santa for? “I quickly called Regtransfers and the plate was finally mine.”

27 SLM combines Stephen’s date of birth with the initials of his full name, Stephen Lee Maskill. Mindful of his previous purchases, Stephen insists that 27 SLM is now a keeper and will always be on his main car.

Using the birthdate and initials format, he intends to look out for 14 COM for his son, Charlie Oliver, and 5 EEM for his daughter, Emily Elizabeth. “Regtransfers are, and will always be, my go-to dealer,” says Stephen. “The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and will always look to provide the best possible customer experience.”

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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 to 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, you must complete the official transfer process 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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