We have many different types of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), so we've split them up into groups making it easier for you to find what you're looking for.
Most personalised number plates can be supplied on a certificate. Once you have the certificate, you will have until the certificate's expiry date (usually 10 years from when you buy it) to transfer the personalised number plate to a vehicle of your choice.
If you are buying a number plate and you want it transferred onto your vehicle straight away then you will need to provide the following documents:
If you are buying a number plate and would like to put it on a vehicle at some later date:
VAT is payable on number plate sales where:
VAT is NOT payable on number plate sales where:
You have 2 options:
Transfers done by post usually take 10-15 working days where payment clears successfully and all documentation is provided and completed correctly.
In some cases we are able to conduct the transfer online. Where this is possible the process is much faster and the transfer can be achieved almost immediately on receipt of cleared funds and correct documents.
You can TAX your vehicle online and get an MOT done if the transfer has not been completed however if the DVLA process your number plate transfer before you have bought your road TAX or completed your MOT then the transfer will fail.
We advise customers to do this before they send us their documents if they have less than 4 weeks remaining.
If you are buying a new, unregistered car you have the follow 2 options:
However, please bear in mind that our valuation is based upon the experience of hundreds of thousands of personalised number plate transfers and represents the price that we believe your registration mark can realistically achieve. If you insist on a price that is much higher than what we believe to be the true market value, then we may decline to advertise the registration mark on your behalf, as there would be little chance of success.
Your vehicle will be automatically issued with an appropriate, age related replacement number plate. There is no charge to you for the standard replacement number plate although you will have to get a set of acrylic plates made up to put on your vehicle.
It depends on how we are supplying the number plate to the person buying it.
We are able to pay you via bank transfer (BACS) or cheque, whichever you prefer. If you choose to get paid via BACS it will take 3 working days for the payment to reach your account.
You can stop Regtransfers from advertising your number plate at anytime by logging into your online account and clicking the 'Stop Advertising' button or by calling us on 01582 967777.
If the licence for the donor vehicle has expired or been refunded no more than 12 months prior to the date of application and a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) has been made, it may still be possible to transfer the mark. In order for a vehicle to qualify for this concession, there must be no break between the expiry/refund date of the licence disc and the commencement of SORN.
It is important that you don't dispose of the vehicle until the transfer has been fully completed and you have received all relevant amended documents. If you scrap or otherwise dispose of your vehicle too soon, it is likely that you may lose your entitlement to the registration.
If the registration document states that the registration number is non-transferable, then it cannot be transferred or retained on certificate.
Once a vehicle has ceased to exist, entitlement to its number also expires regardless of possession of a V5C (log book). If a vehicle has been scrapped, you are required by law to notify the Secretary of State and return the registration document to DVLA.
We will make every effort to contact you with all offers, even if they are less than the agreed price. Upon finding a buyer Regtransfers will contact you to request the documents necessary for completion of the transfer.
Even if your vehicle is normally exempt, you will need to obtain a valid MOT certificate for the purpose of the number plate transfer.
As the Isle of Man isn't part of the UK, it has a separate vehicle registration system. This means that Isle of Man registrations cannot be transferred to vehicles in the UK.
We do not offer a part exchange or swap option, but we can advertised your number plate for you free of charge.
If you would like us to advertise your number plate for you, you will need to get a valuation from us. Click here to get a number plate valuation
You tell us the price you require for the sale of your number plate. When advertising your number plate for sale we will add a margin for our service. The price paid by the purchaser will cover both your required price and our profit margin. You receive the full amount agreed and do not have to pay us any additional commission.
Regtransfers advertises number plates on behalf of most of the other UK number plate dealers as well as for private sellers.
If we are advertising your number plate without your permission it is usually for one of the following reasons:
Another number plate dealer has sent us the number plate to advertise. If you have made an agreement with another company to sell your number plate they will usually ask us to advertise it for them because they know we have the best chance of finding a buyer.
If you have recently purchased your number plate, we may have been advertising the number plate for the person or company from whom you bought it, and they may not have informed us of the sale.
If you see your number plate advertised on our website without your permission, please call us on 01582 967777 and we will remove it for you. If the number plate IS being sent to us from another number plate dealer we can let you know who they are so that you can contact them and ask them to remove it from their system also.
If your vehicle is stolen and has not been recovered after a year you can apply to have its registration number reassigned to your replacement vehicle providing the following conditions are met:
A write-off happens when a damaged vehicle is judged by insurers to be beyond economic repair. In such a case, the insurance company agrees a pay-out with the you, and legal ownership of the vehicle then passes to the insurance company. If you wish to keep the personalised number plate you must make sure that you transfer it to another vehicle or onto a retention certificate before the insurance company takes legal ownership.
Once a vehicle has been scrapped it ceases to exist its number plate is cancelled. You will not be able to get that number plate back.
It is usually possible for the vehicle to be registered by the governing bodies but you will not be able to transfer or retain its number plate. If you are able to supply documentary evidence (eg the old-style log book) to establish a link between the vehicle and the number plate, you may be able to register the vehicle under that number plate, otherwise the vehicle may still be registered but in this case a new number plate appropriate to the age of the vehicle will be assigned. If the age or origin of the vehicle cannot be established, then a "Q" number plate may be assigned. Whatever the circumstances, however, the vehicle's number plate will be non-transferable (you will not be able to sell it).
Vehicles are assigned "Q" prefix number plate to draw attention to the fact that their origins or age are uncertain. "Q" number plates are therefore non-transferable and must remain with the vehicle unless documentary evidence which confirms its origins/age comes to light. In this case, contact the DVLA who may then assign a replacement age-related number plate to the vehicle.
Although you cannot transfer or retain a non-transferable number, the vehicle can receive a new number plate providing the non-transferable number plate is not a "Q" number plate and providing the vehicle meets the normal conditions of the Sales, Transfer and retention schemes.
In most cases, no, because it is not permitted to transfer a registration mark if it is on a vehicle that does not require an MOT: for example, a tractor, steam roller, milk float etc.
No, it is optional.
The provision is being introduced because the European Council issued a regulation in November 1998 requiring Member States to recognise the Euro-symbol on number plates in place of the traditional oval shaped national identifier sticker for travel within the European Union. It is for individual motorists to decide if they wish to use the new Euro-plate.
UK vehicles travelling in the European Union may still display the traditional oval "GB" sticker. Alternatively number plates incorporating the Euro-symbol may be used instead of the oval sticker. The oval national identifier sticker would still be required for vehicles on journeys outside the European Union.
Approved national flags and symbols may be displayed on vehicle number plates. These include the Union flag, Scottish Saltire, Cross of St George and Welsh Red Dragon. Football team crests and other emblems are not allowed.
If the number plate is damaged in such a way that it makes the registration mark difficult to read, it must be replaced.
3D characters are permitted providing they meet all the other requirements.
Overprinting including honeycomb or other background designs are not allowed.
Number plates must meet the British Standard requirements. We are not aware of any self-adhesive number plates that are able to meet these requirements.
Need help explaining or defining an unusual word. View our extensive glossary below.
A dateless registration in one that does not contain a age/year identifier and which may, thus, be transferred to a vehicle of any age. These plates are popular amongst purchasers who wish to conceal the ages of their vehicles.
DfT, Department for Transport
Department for Transport is the parent government department responsible for DVLA and other matters relating to the UL transport networks.
In the context of personal number plates, the "donor" is the party who holds entitlement to display a registration and who must, therefore, authorise the transfer (by sale or other means) of that entitlement to the person who will next own the registration in question. In short, the donor is usually the seller of a number plate.
DoT, DOT, Department of Transport
Department of Transport was the name, from 1981 until 1997, of the government department now called the Department for Transport.
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. This is the government agency responsible for maintaining records of drivers, vehicles and their licence status. The agency also collects Vehicle Excise Duty ("road tax"). DVLA issues new vehicle registration numbers, and is responsible for the administration and regulation of vehicle registrations and number plates, including personal number plates.
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A periodic issue of new registration by DVLA. New releases currently occur twice a year.
On a Retention Document, the Nominee is the person to whom the Grantee may assign entitlement to display a registration.
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A car registration in which the year of issue is indicated by a prefix letter code, as in the format: Y123 XXX, where "Y" is the year identifier. More information here.
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The "receiver" is the person to whom entitlement to display a personal registration is transferred.
Road Fund Licence
An archaic term for Vehicle Excise Duty. Still in occasional colloquial use.
A common, unofficial, colloquial term for Vehicle Excise Duty.
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A car registration in which the year of issue is indicated by a suffix letter code, as in the format: XXX 123Y, where "Y" is the year identifier. More information here.
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Vehicle Excise Duty
Also know as Road Fund Licence and, commonly, as Road Tax.
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