How to Transfer Your Number Plate

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If you’ve recently bought a new car, or you’re thinking of making a purchase soon, you’ll no doubt be pondering how on earth you can transfer your number plate over to your new vehicle. Well, wonder no more. Here at Primo Registrations, we’ll tell you exactly how to do it.

Things to Know

So first things first, there are a few things you need to know about transferring a registration number. It’s all very well wanting to move your number plate from an old vehicle to your new one, however you can only do so if you’re transferring:

  • From your vehicle to another one in your name
  • To a vehicle you’re buying
  • To someone else’s vehicle, however the registered keeper of the vehicle must sign and date the declaration

Whilst that all sounds pretty straightforward, common sense sort of information, we all know that it’s better to be safe than sorry; there’s no harm in telling you something you already know! However there are conditions for transferring a registration number that you are most probably completely unaware of. You can’t transfer a registration number if:

  • It starts with ‘Q’ or ‘NIQ’ for Northern Ireland registered vehicles
  • It will make the vehicle it’s being transferred to look younger

Both vehicles must be registered with the DVLA and be available for inspection. They also need to be of a type that needs an MOT or heavy goods vehicle (HGV) test certificate and vehicles that are pre-1960 need a valid MOT in order to be able to transfer a registration number.

Both vehicles should be taxed but if the vehicle you’re transferring from is not taxed then you can still apply as long as the tax has expired in the last 12 months and there’s no break between the date the vehicle tax runs out and the start of the SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification).

How to Transfer a Number Plate

You need to apply to transfer a vehicle registration number and can do this by completing a form V317 which can be found online. The form includes guidance notes as well as information on where to send it.

As stated earlier, you can transfer a vehicle registration to your vehicle, a vehicle you’re buying and someone else’s vehicle. However if you’re doing the latter, both registered keepers need to complete the application form.

You’ll also need to include the following:

  • The registration certificate or new keeper supplement with a completed form V62, (also available online) an application for a vehicle registration certificate V5C
  • An MOT certificate for each vehicle
  • A transfer fee of £80 (cheque or postal order, payable to DVLA)

Be sure to include a completed form V10 (online) and a correct vehicle tax payment if either vehicle needs to be taxed.

So there you have it, you now know how to transfer a number plate! Pretty simply, right?