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Full information about transferring and retaining number plates can be found on the gov.uk website:
https://www.gov.uk/personalised-vehicle-registration-numbers/overview

Transfer a number plate

Transferring number plates is a very straightforward process- no more complicated than transferring ownership of a car using the V5C document.

For many, number plate transfer is somewhat of a mystery and a taboo- the DVLA do explain clearly on the reverse of their documents on how to transfer a number plate- but here we briefly outline what you need to know.

How to transfer a number plate

This is very simple indeed and no worse than completing the V5 logbook when buying or selling a car.

Transfer a number plate from vehicle to vehicle

If the number plate you want to transfer is currently on a car and you want to transfer it to another car- you can do so with Form V317 from the DVLA

Click here to find out how to transfer a number plate from vehicle to vehicle

Transfer a number plate from vehicle to retention

If the number plate you want to transfer is currently on a car and you want to transfer it to retention (retaining the number plate) - you can do so with Form V778/1 from the DVLA

Click here to find out how to retain a number plate

Transfer a number plate from retention to a vehicle

If the number plate you want to transfer is currently on retention and you want to transfer it to a car (assigning the number plate) - you can do so with the retention documents V750 or V778.

Click here to find out how to assign a number plate

How much does it cost to transfer a number plate?

When transferring a number plate you will incur DVLA fees- here is what you can expect to pay in each instance. (Correct at time of writing)

  1. Transferring a number plate                £80
  2. Retaining a number plate                    £105
  3. Assigning a number plate                    £80

Click here to learn more about DVLA Fees

How long does it take to transfer a number plate?

The DVLA quote up to 4 weeks for retaining, assigning or transferring a number plate. From our experience it can take on average 10 - 12 working days to complete the process by post.

You can visit your local DVLA office and complete most transfers same day in person.

What fees will you need to pay?

Transferring a number plate from car to car costs £80 at the time of writing, learn about this and more in our DVLA fee guide.