My number plate certificate has expired. What can I do?

private number plate certificate expired


DVLA V750 Certificate of Entitlement


DVLA V7778 Retention Document

What happens to my private number plate if the Certificate has expired?

All private number plate certificates have an expiry date printed on them. This applies whether you have the green V778 Retention Document or a pink V750 Certificate of Entitlement.

Before the expiry date, you are required (by the DVLA) to either:

If you let it expire you may lose the registration number, regardless of its value.

My Certificate has already expired

If your number plate certificate has already expired, we may be able to help get it brought back up to date for you. Whether you bought it from us or not.

We charge a fee for this service, in addition to any renewal fees charged by the DVLA. If we are unsuccessful, your fees will be refunded (minus £9.95).

You must have the original (expired) V750 Certificate of Entitlement or V778 Retention Document. And you should be the Purchaser or Grantee. Contact us to see if we can help you.

Act quickly

Don't waste any time.

The longer you leave it, the less likely it is that we can help you. Call us to have a chat if your Certificate has expired.

How long does a Certificate last before expiry?

V750 and V778 Certificates issued before 9th March 2015 were generally valid for 12 months. You had the option to request up to 3 years' extension, and were required to pay fees accordingly.

Since March 2015, Certificates issued by the DVLA come with a 10 year expiry date. After which you will need to renew again if you haven't transferred it to a vehicle before that date.

What happens to my private number plate if Certificate is not renewed?

Unfortunately, registration numbers must be transferred to a vehicle before the Certificate expires. If you miss the expiry date, we may not be able to extend the Certificate after that date. That means you will lose your registration number.

If that happens, then you will need to pursue it with the DVLA.


You may also find these articles on private number plates useful:

How do I extend my number plate Certificate?

How do I put my personalised number plate on retention?

Can I use a DVLA Certificate if I live in Northern Ireland?

Disclaimer: The Plate Market cannot guarantee that your expired certificate can be renewed.

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