Documents to transfer private number plate

What do I need to transfer my private number plate?

Below are the standard documents you may need for the transfer of your private number plate. You will need only SOME of these depending on your circumstances. Full instructions are provided on the relevant DVLA number plate form or certificate.


documents number plate transfer - V5C

Transfer number plate from Certificate, online

An online service is now available to put a private number plate on your vehicle. You must have either

  1. V750 Certificate of Entitlement or
  2. V778 Retention Document

You will need these documents:


V5C Car Registration Document

V5C Registration Document

This is also sometimes called your logbook.

You may have a blue V5C if it is a few years old. Your replacement will look like the one in the picture.

When your car is re-registered under your new private number plates, your V5C Registration Document will be replaced.

 

V750 and V778 number plate transfer documents

DVLA V750 Certificate OR V778 Retention Document

You may have a pink V750 Certificate of Entitlement or (green) V778 Retention Document. You will need details from this document for number plate transfer. It must be authorised by the person named as Purchaser (V750) or Grantee (V778).


documents number plate transfer by post

Transfer number plate from Certificate, by post

You may send your documents to the DVLA by post. Usually this happens if

  1. You choose to do so
  2. You may be asked to do so if your online request is declined
  3. You need to retain an existing private number plate at the same time
  4. You don't have a V5C Registration Document in your name

You will need these documents:

V5C Car Registration Document

V5C Registration Document

This is also sometimes called your logbook.

This must be the original document. Copies are not acceptable.

You may have a blue V5C if it is a few years old. Your replacement will look like the one in the picture.

When your car is re-registered under your new private number plates, and you will receive a replacement V5C.


 

V750 and V778 number plate transfer documents

DVLA V750 Certificate OR V778 Retention Document

You may have either

  1. a pink V750 Certificate of Entitlement OR
  2. a green V778 Retention Document.

You will need details from this document for number plate transfer. It must be authorised by the person named as Purchaser (V750) or Grantee (V778).

 

DVLA V317 form for number plate transfer

DVLA V317 Application to transfer or retain private number plate

You can now do most assignments online (from a V778 Retention Document or V750 Certificate of Entitlement).

You will need this form if you are doing one of the following:

  1. Transfer from a vehicle direct to another vehicle
  2. Retention to a Grantee other than the Registered Keeper of the vehicle
  3. Retention by post (instead of online)

More details and Download V317 form here


documents number plate transfer V62

Just bought the car? Don't have a V5C Registration Doc in your name yet? Or lost it?

If you've just bought a car, you may not have received your updated V5C. Or it's possible you have lost it. You can still apply for a number plate transfer. You can either

  1. Choose to wait for the new V5C to arrive (usually takes up to 2 weeks after change of keeper is submitted) or
  2. Send your application without the V5C Registration Document

If you send without the V5C Registration Document, you will need these:


DVLA V62 Application for Vehicle Registration Document

DVLA V62 form

Complete a V62 form, Full instructions are on the form.

If you have lost your V5C Registration Document, you may have to pay a DVLA fee.

More details and Download V62 form here

V5C/2 New Keeper supplement from log book

V5C/2 New Keeper Supplement (green slip)

If you are the new keeper of the vehicle, you should have been given the small "green slip" from the original V5C Registration Document.

Send this with the completed V62 form (above)


documents number plate transfer V10 tax

Car not taxed?

If you're taxing the vehicle at the same time, you can do online. Alternatively, you can apply by post.


If applying for car tax by post you will need this form (and payment):


V10 Application for car tax

DVLA V10 Application

You can now do most assignments online (from a V778 Retention Document or V750 Certificate of Entitlement).

You will need this form if you are doing one of the following:

  1. Transfer from a vehicle direct to another vehicle
  2. Retention to a Grantee other than the Registered Keeper of the vehicle
  3. Retention by post (instead of online)

Check the appropriate tax for your vehicle here

More details and Download V10 form here


These are the main documents you are likely to need to transfer private number plates to your car or other vehicle. There may be some other documents in special circumstances, such as HGV's or kit cars. You should refer to the DVLA for more detailed information.


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Disclaimer: This information is provided for your guidance only. It is not intended to be a definitive account of the regulations regarding the Display of Registration Marks.
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