How does it work to transfer my number plate to my car? What documents do I need?
In most cases the documents below are needed to transfer a number plate to your car. In some circumstances, you may need additional documents depending on your circumstances.
If you have bought your private number plate from us, we will advise you according to your circumstances.
V5 Registration Document
Also known as the log book.
The full original document is required. Copies are not acceptable.
DO NOT KEEP ANY SECTIONS.
You may have a blue V5C if it is a few years old. Your replacement will look like the one in this picture.
When your car is re-registered under your new private number plate, your V5C Registration Document will be replaced.
Just bought a car and don't have all your documents for the transfer?
If you've just bought the car and haven't received the new V5C Registration Document in your name, you can still apply to transfer private number plates. You'll need these:
DVLA V62 form
If you purchased your car in the past few days you don't need to wait for the V5C Registration Document to return from the DVLA. You can still apply to transfer private number plates by filling in this form and sending it with the V5C/2 little green slip. Just complete and sign the form - instructions are with the form.
You can also use this form if you've lost your V5C Registration Document. Fees apply - see V62 form.
V5C/2 green slip from Registration Document
If you are the New Keeper of the vehicle, you should have this section of the V5C Registration Document. Complete it and send with the V62 form above.
Need to keep the existing registration number?
This form is also used if a registration number is being transferred direct from one vehicle to another.
DVLA V317 number plate transfer / retention form
You will need this form for transfers direct from one vehicle to another, or if you wish to retain the existing registration number that's on your car. DVLA fees apply.
You can download a DVLA V317 form here
Car not taxed?
Apply for tax at the same time. You cannot transfer a private number plate to an untaxed vehicle.
DVLA V10 form for vehicle tax
A vehicle must be taxed if you wish to transfer a private number plate to it. If your vehicle is not taxed, you can submit this at the same time.
Use a V10 form and send it with the appropriate payment.
These are the main documents you are likely to need to transfer a private number plate to your car. There may be other documents in special circumstances, such as HGV's. You should refer to the DVLA for more information.