Transferring a private plate


Transferring car registrations is a surprisingly simple process. There are a few bureaucratic hoops to jump through, of course, but there is nothing overly complicated or difficult to understand.

Of course, many people prefer the peace of mind provided by an experienced, professional team. That's why Regtransfers offers our customers the option of a fully managed transfer service, taking care of all red tape and formalities. On the other hand, for those who feel confident to complete the procedure without the support and back-up we offer, we provide the following information on how to transfer car registrations or private plates.

There are three main kinds of transfer:

  • transfer a car registration between vehicles (e.g. from one car to another)
  • transfer from a Retention Document or Certificate of Entitlement to a vehicle
  • transfer from a vehicle to a Retention Document (also known as a retention certificate) as a way of storing a registration number until it is required to be assigned to a vehicle.

How to transfer a private plate or car registration between vehicles

In order to satisfy the rules governing registration transfers, both vehicles must:

  • be registered with the DVLA
  • be available for inspection if required
  • be able to start and move under their own power
  • be the kind of vehicle that needs an MOT or heavy goods vehicle (HGV) test certificate
  • have been taxed or have been covered by a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) for the last 5 years without interruption.

If either vehicle has been declared off-road and covered by SORN for more than 5 years it will need to be taxed and an inspection may be required. DVLA will contact you if an inspection is required.

You will need…

All documents and payment listed above should be sent to DVLA at the address shown on the V317 form. Alternatively, it is possible to make the transfer application online at the DVLA website.


How to transfer a private plate or car registration from a Retention Document or Certificate of Entitlement to a vehicle

The vehicle to which the number is being transferred must:

  • be registered with the
  • be available for inspection if
  • be able to start and move under its own power
  • be the kind of vehicle that needs an MOT or heavy goods vehicle (HGV) test certificate
  • have been taxed or have been covered by a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) for the last 5 years without interruption.

If the vehicle has been declared off-road and covered by SORN for more than 5 years it will need to be taxed and an inspection may be required. DVLA will contact you if an inspection is required.

You will need:

  • Either the V750 Certificate of Entitlement for a registration that has not previously been assigned to a vehicle or the V778 Retention Document if the registration has previously been on a vehicle (Both of these documents include an application section that you must complete accurately);
  • The V5C registration certificate (also known as the registration document or log book) for the recipient vehicle.

The documents should be sent to DVLA at the address shown on the V750 or V778 form. Alternatively, it is possible to make the transfer application online at the DVLA website.

How to transfer a private plate or car registration from a Retention Document or Certificate of Entitlement to a vehicle

Please see our dedicated page on retaining private number plates on certificate.

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