How to transfer my number plate

When advertising with a website like Smashing Plates and not a number plate dealer- you will need to complete the cherished transfer and complete the DVLA paperwork.

This is very simple indeed and no worse than filling in the V5 logbook when buying or selling cars privately.

So- how to transfer your number plate? Well it depends mainly on whether the plate is currently held on retention or on a vehicle

 

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

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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

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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.

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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

 

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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.

DVLA forms

Transferring any number plates either from vehicle to vehicle or vehicle to retention will involve one of the following DVLA forms.

V317

V778

V750

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