How do I put a private number plate on retention?
What is number plate retention?
Under the DVLA Number Plate Retention Scheme, it's possible to put your private number plate onto a Retention Certificate. You can do this instead of transferring the number plate to another car if you're not ready.
The DVLA will give you a green V778 Retention Document. You can keep your private number plate on a certificate for as long as you need to, provided you renew it before it expires. The expiry date is printed on the certificate.
Are there any limits on number plate retention?
Not all vehicle number plates qualify for retention. Vehicles must qualify under the DVLA Cherished Transfer Scheme. Check Can I retain my number plate? for the main restrictions.
What do I need to retain my number plate?
You can apply to retain a private number plate if you are the Registered Keeper of the vehicle.
You need a DVLA V317 form - download one here.
You will also need:
- V5C Registration Document and
- MoT certificate (if applicable to your vehicle)
If you don't have any of the above, take a look at the instructions on the DVLA V317 form. If you still can't find the answer to your question, contact the DVLA.
We recommend you make copies of all your documents and the V317 form before sending your application.
How long does number plate retention take?
It usually takes up to 4 weeks for the DVLA to process your application to retain a private number plate.
You should make sure that you do not sell the car, or apply for a tax refund until the DVLA have confirmed (in writing) that the retention has been processed.
How much does it cost to retain my number plate?
The DVLA charges a fee for number plate retention. Full details and instructions are on the V317 form.
How do I get a new registration number for my car?
When the DVLA processes your application to retain your private number plate, they will allocate a replacement (age related) registration number to your car. You don't need to buy one.
What happens to my car documents when I retain my number plate?
The DVLA will re-issue your vehicle documents (V5C Registration Document / MoT / tax disc) reflecting the new replacement registration number. You should make sure all the documents are correct when you receive them.