|Original Vehicle Registration Certificate (V5 / V5C). If youíve just acquired the vehicle, see instructions on the V778/1 form for alternative documentation|
|Original MOT certificate (if the vehicle requires one). |
Your vehicle may not be old enough to need an MOT certificate. See Can I retain my registration number? for more information on vehicles that qualify for the DVLA Retention Scheme.
|Photocopy of vehicle licence disc (tax disc).|
The DVLA requests the disc expiry date and serial number. However, we would advise that you enclose photocopy to be on the safe side!
Donít include the original tax disc as you will need this while your retention is being processed.
Will I get a Retention Certificate straightaway?
Before approval, the DVLA office may decide to inspect your vehicle. This will be to confirm the vehicleís entitlement to the registration number. In particular, they will check the VIN number and chassis plate. The DVLA office will inform you if they wish to inspect the vehicle.
In our experience, older vehicles in particular are often inspected.
If you are asked to produce the vehicle for inspection and the MOT / tax has expired, you will need to have it transported to the DVLA office! Donít drive it there.
How do I get a new registration number?
When your application to retain the registration number is approved, the DVLA will allocate a replacement registration number that reflects the age of the vehicle. If possible, the DVLA will try to reissue the vehicle's previous registration number.
What happens when the retention is approved?
When your application has been approved by the DVLA, you will receive a V778 Retention Document. Donít sell or scrap your vehicle till you receive this document!
The DVLA will also issue a replacement V5 registration document, and MOT certificate and tax disc (if applicable), reflecting the replacement registration number.
DVLA number plate retention fees