DVLA private and personalised number plates

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It’s nice to be able to personalise your car.

From the colour of the paint to the gadgets and gizmos that make your drive more comfortable, there are lots of ways to make your vehicle your own. But why stop there? A personalised or private number plate is a good way to add a unique flavour to your car.

Buying a personalised number plate allows you to choose a custom combination of letters and numbers – although there are some necessary restrictions! See if you can change your number plate to one that matches your personality and your car in a few easy steps.

Choosing to personalise your number plate

You can buy personalised number plates online straight from the DVLA, which is the most straightforward way to go about it. However, they may not have the number plate you’re hoping for. If someone else has already chosen the combination of letters and numbers you’re hoping for, you may have better luck at one of the DVLA’s online auctions – although the price is likely to be higher. These take place several times a year and tend to feature rare number plates.

It’s also possible to buy private number plates from a dealer or motorist and if you do, make sure you’re given the V750 certificate of entitlement or V778 certificate of retention so you know you’re really buying the right to use the plate.

For a better understanding of the process involved with buying your own personalised umber plate, be sure to take a look at the government’s Driving and Transport advice centre. A visit to the dedicated DVLA site will also provide you with quick links to start picking your own plate along with some handy advice for how to get started.

It’s easy to find information about the kind of number combinations that are available and the site also has a very useful Questions and Answers section. Another nice touch is a Wishlist page, where the DVLA allows you to temporarily store plates you’re interested in while you continue to search for your favourite.

Things to bear in mind when personalising your plate

Picking your private number plate isn’t as simple as plucking a string of letters and numbers out of the air, you need to pick from a pre-determined selection and there are a few additional restrictions to keep in mind. For example, your number plate can only be used on a car that is taxed and registered to be driven here in the UK.

You also can’t pick a number plate that makes it look as though your car is newer than it really is and there are actually a list of letter and number combinations that have been banned. Check out the Independent’s article about number plates banned by the DVLA and make sure you don’t have your eye on something that’s been deemed unacceptable on the road. Provided you avoid troublesome numbers such as these, picking a new number plate for your car can be nice and easy.

 

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hamradio
3rd Dec 2014
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my private plate is my amateur radio callsign
shane
17th Jul 2014
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bet my reg is worth something now as you can not register some tag's
it's B14STD ??//
Debi
24th May 2014
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How ignorant some people are.
I have a cherished number plate and I am neither rich not feel insecure. My hubby bought it for my fiftieth and I love it. It makes me smile every time I walk to my car ! So to me it has been one of the nicest and loving pressie that I have ever received.
Just like the lady that received hers after surviving cancer - it means a lot.

I have worked hard all my life and believe you me I have driven and owned some rubbish cars. I have also brought up a family and juggled being a mum and work just like thousands of others, so to have a beautiful car (Mercedes slk) with the cherished number plate on it - I feel I have earned to spend my hard earned cash on what I want.
Tim Apps
22nd May 2014
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There will be those that cherish a personalised plate and those that don't. It's all about our rich heritage of diversified opinion. Neither are wrong, just different.
If you don't want a personalised plate then don't get one.
Think what you like but never tell me what I should think...
Jean Ruddick
3rd May 2014
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For those of you who think there are only 2 or 3 reasons for owning a cherished plate, you are very narrowminded. I had cancer 13 years ago and to cheer me up my children clubbed together, unknown to me, and bought me a cherished plate. Now I have survived it gives me enormous pleasure to get in my car, after seeing my number, knowing my children thought enough of me to buy me a lovely present. I am neither rich nor insecure, far from it!
Craig kirk
2nd May 2014
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My ex girlfriend bought me a private set about 6years ago and paid the 80.00fee for registration .but I never put them on.can I still register them on this late in the day or is it to late.many thanks.
Silversurfers
2nd May 2014
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Hello Craig, There are forms on the DVLA website which you have to complete regarding keeping personalised registrations, however it is possible that you should have completed these within a limited timescale … check this link to get advice from them: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-to-transfer-or-retain-a-vehicle-registration-number Best of luck 😉
christina Dolan
24th Apr 2014
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Is anyone sellin private plate i need for my moped CHR 15 my moped is 2012 plate
edgar von helsing
27th Mar 2014
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it has been a long time since i experienced such ignorance..... such is the ignorance here that i will not waste my time trying to argue with stupid. i will merely state that for some of us who have built classic cars from the ground up a cherished plate can top off a project for any number of reasons.... personally to feel the hours bled into a project that induces a humerous sentiment towards what is not just nuts and bolts a name tag can be an expression of affection or cherished memory such as building said car with ones own son or daughter.... my old reliant scimitar Lara... is known as Lara by all and reffered to as an old girl who has style and character....... all those here sounding off at us who own cherished plates seem to have no feel...... to argue would be to throw in reasons why vehicles that have saved lives are allocated names planes to ambulances to cars etc.... and the feel of character that follows.... but it would be pointless.... let the camp that do not understand why anyone would call a vehicle a name for whatever the hell reason they like go about their own sorry lego lives living by numbers and the rest of us a mixture of vain funny sad sentimental etc enjoy ours.... but the fact is that the haves are not knocking the have nots... only the have nots preaching to the haves..... now off to take Lara out for a spin
John Turner
15th Jun 2014
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You say it has been a long time since you witnessed such ignorance then you display your own ignorance by demonstrating a complete lack of knowledge of basic English grammar.

It has therefore been an extremely long time since I witnessed someone complaining about other people's ignorance whilst revealing their own ignorance.

May I suggest that before you criticise others you take a close look at yourself.
joe
15th Jul 2014
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DEREK FLAVEL
27th Mar 2014
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Well said Tom I would like DF 1 but that wouldn't look quite right on a Mondeo Mk3, albeit a very smart Ghia X V6 version. Think I will stick eith my '51' plate.
Rob Orton
27th Mar 2014
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I had my car sold which had my private reg on that I bought from DVLA is there anyway of getting this reg back ?
Silversurfers
27th Mar 2014
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Hello Rob, There are forms on the DVLA website which you have to complete regarding keeping personalised registrations, however it is possible that you should have completed these before the sale of your car ... check this link to get advice from them: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-to-transfer-or-retain-a-vehicle-registration-number Best of luck 🙂
Tom
19th Mar 2014
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Amazing that comments are directed at the premise all numbers like this are owned by wealthy people, yes certainly a lot are but also there are a lot of owners who have had them passed on from their granddads first car or their own first car which had an interesting number on it.
There are also a lot of collectors who are just that, much as you say like trainspotters they like the numbers and don't spend a fortune but have a collection.
Tarring everyone with the rich insecurity brush is not correct and just shows a lack of overall compassion for the pleasure of others which is misunderstood through ignorance of the subject.
Silversurfers
19th Mar 2014
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Very well said Tom 🙂
Jordan
13th Mar 2014
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If I had a new car I wouldn't put a cherished plate on it to look possibly older that it was
Emily
6th Aug 2014
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But if you have an old car?
Nick
9th Mar 2014
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Well said Matthew.

Each to his own, (just as I sympathise with the trainspotting condition some have) but I prefer to waste my money on other things!

Oh, I have a new car, but no reason to demonstrate my enormous wealth by having a cherished plate.

Do the people with these plates know what the people who really matter think, when they see people driving cars with them? Thought not, cherished plate owners probably read the DM too.
Matthew
5th Mar 2014
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It is extremely pathetic to have a personalised number plate, and shows an outward expression of inferiority.
and immaturity. It is the sort of thing that is sought after by those who are very juvenile in mind!
Neil
6th Mar 2014
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What the hell are you talking about. Your response is juvenile and immature and born out of jealousy and by the probable owner of a crap car who can't afford a private number plate.

You sir are an idiot.
Daved
18th Jul 2014
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i think you two are wrong its a choice! of people want to do

people get jealous to easily here...so sad

thats why we are all different if you don't like something don't look walk away but do backbite and shat dumb things
Ian
17th Mar 2014
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Have to agree with Matthew there - to express your individuality with a 'personalised' number plate really is the height of insecurity or a wanton display of vacuity. It takes a very sorry individual to select from a combination of letter and numbers on a car to express, or display, what they are all about.
-5AD 1
rose
4th Mar 2014
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do you buy personalised number plates
Tom Dennis
2nd Mar 2014
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Not sure what you mean as once you have purchased the cherished number you do own it
Marc
2nd Mar 2014
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I think if one really wanted to be pedantic, then it would be true to say you can't own a cherished number plate - as in it's yours to do with whatever you like. It will actually be "owned" by the DVLA who I guess could still have some control over and tell you what to do with it.

For the less anal among (or should that be amongst) us, I don't see a problem in saying that you "own a cherished number plate". Just don't try doing something with it that you're not allowed to
Phil
1st Mar 2014
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You could also correct 'buy' for 'by'
Silversurfers
1st Mar 2014
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Thank you Phil 😉
Dan
1st Mar 2014
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Great article . Feel these guys are sad for spotting these mistakes
Ian Hickling
1st Mar 2014
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Unfortunately, both the terms used here - "private" and "personalised" number plates are deceptive.
The correct term is "cherished mark".
The index mark cannot be "private" - because it is never owned by the user, and "personalisation" of the "plate" is illegal under the Representation of Index Marks Regulations 1992 where each offence is subject to a maximum fine of £1000.
John
28th Feb 2014
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I would have thought that the education standards when 'Silversurfers' were at school would have meant that they knew when, and where, to use 'your' and when, where and why, to use 'you're'!
To say "you're car" is unacceptable!
alan
21st Jul 2014
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I just changed my name to DK08YKA and used the one already on the car . A bargain .
Silversurfers
28th Feb 2014
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Many thanks John for spotting the spelling error. It has been corrected. Spelling and grammar are hot topics on Silversurfers but we are not always perfect! 😉
Christine
3rd Aug 2014
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It's grammer not grammar here in the UK! Just thought I'd let you know!
Silversurfers
6th Aug 2014
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Hello Christine ... In the oxford dictionary it is spelt 'Grammar' 😉
Emily
6th Aug 2014
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Really - I thought grammar was the correct spelling & grammer is the common spelling mistake - grammatical error not grammetical error?
Silversurfers
6th Aug 2014
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According to the Oxford Dictionary you are absolutely correct Emily 🙂 Many thanks

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