Private Plate Ideas

So, you’ve tried searching for your name, initials or special numbers, but you still can’t find your ideal private plate. What do you do? Give up? No, you let British Car Registrations guide you to alternative options you may not have thought about… after all, we have 30 years experience in the personalised registrations business.

We’ve collected some ideas of how you can choose your perfect number plate. Remember, all private registrations have to include at least one number – this means numbers will often be used to represent letters, as long as the DVLA number plate format is followed, this can be very handy when making your own personalised plate.

Autonumerology – the art of exchanging numbers for letters on plates. The table below explains this in more detail…

Cool, cheap private number plate ideas

Now we have the legal and format knowledge, lets move into the cool bit… vehicle registration ideas…

1) Your Name.

This is the most common type of private plate, but also the most coveted. Make a statement by having your name on a personalised reg.

As numbers can be used to represent letters, using the table above you can make first names or surnames… i.e. P3 TER, K4 REN and many more. Be mindful that some of the best plates have already been bought and these are difficult to find to buy. Call us on 0121 353 3333 and we can help you with searching for a full name plate and can even contact the current owner on your behalf should they have it up for sale.

2) Your Initials.

If you don’t like the idea of your full name being displayed on a number plate, why not just add your initials? By doing this, you also have the opportunity to hide the age of the vehicle and add a touch of elegance to the vehicle.

For example, try the format B1 BCR as a prefix option, or even 1 BCR and see what comes up for your special number and initials.

3) Your Profession or Company.

Do you love your job or own your own business? A personalised registration can really make your car or company van stand out… for example, LOO for a Plumber or PUB for a Landlord. We also have a range of DOC or LAW private plates for all you Doctors’ and Lawyers’.

4) Hobbies.

Do you have a hobby? This is another great way to personalise your vehicle, and also tell the rest of the world. Support a specific football team? You can now have a football-themed private reg to match your fan tattoo.

5) Match Your Personality!

Are you B16?, BO55y?HOT? We have over 50 million private plates to choose from, find one to match your personality.

6) Your Car Make/Model.

M3, A6, BMW, MER, JAG, VW, FRR and so on. Use your imagination and find a combination to suit the type of car or vehicle which will be accessorised with the new private plate.

7) Your Age, Birthday or Birth Year.

Try some searches based on the idea above… that way your personalised reg would contain some special numbers rather than a number which has no meaning to you.

If you’re thinking about getting a private reg as a milestone birthday present, incorporate 18/21/40 into the search box and see what you can find.

8) V6, V8, V12.

This can represent vehicle engine size, using this version followed by your initials doesn’t just show off the engine size, but also hides the private plate.

9) MR (M2)

Another popular, classy plate and also very cheap to find. Take a look at our MR private reg plates and see if you can find one with your name or initials.

10) MISS (M155)

M155 plates = MISS… simple. Take a look at the M155 private plates online.

11) MS (M5)

Whether you want to hide your marital status or not, this version allows you to leave another space free to add another letter or extra number. View our range of M5 private plates.

12) HI (H1)

Love saying HI to other road-users? Keep calm, put it on a plate.

13) F1.

Any F1 Fans or is your car just fast? DVLA released the F reg in 2008, so there are still a few around to buy. View our range of F-reg plates.

14) JUST (JU57)

We’ve seen some great JU57 private plates over the years, such as JU57 WED on a wedding car, JU57 JOE, JU57 VXR, JU57 MAX etc. Use your creativity and find your best plate.

15) HIS (H15)

This speaks for itself, H15 can be used at the start of a plate, followed by 3 letters, e.g. H15 BMW, H15 JAG etc.

16) VIP (V1 P**)

You have to be careful with this kind  of private number plate as you could be pulled up for illegal spacing. However, it will need to be displayed as ‘V1 P**’. See what options we have available online for these personalised plates.

17) Phonetics.

Phonetics are often underused but can be a great way to get your name on a personalised car reg. Simply put, spell the name on the plate as it sounds. For example Hugo, which is a 4 letter name can be hard to accommodate on a number plate, however, using phonetics we could have the plate H3 WGO.

18) Seasonal.

Do you live for a specific event or a love a particular season? See what you can come up with using the search function. In the meantime, look at these Halloween and Summer themed number plates.

19) Animals.

Are you a…CAT Lover, DOG Lover or just mad for PONY’s?

We also have a fantastic UNICORN plates!

20) Naughty Plates.

The name says it all, view our selection of Naughty Number Plates.

So there you have it, some ideas for personalised number plates!

Always remember that you can call us at any stage of the browsing and buying process. British Car Registrations have 30 years experience within the personalised registrations and private plate industry and are happy to help. Call us on 0121 353 3333 or if you’ve found what you’re looking for online, just follow the simple buying process.



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Halloween Registration Plates

Halloween falls on the Spooky night of Tuesday 31st October 2017. Whilst you’re busy sorting out an outfit to scare the neighbours, why not accessorise your car to really give them a fright?!

The word Halloween dates back to the 18th Century and means holy or hallowed evening. It is derived from Christianity.

Many people celebrate by having Halloween parties, going trick or treating, carving pumpkins. Some even use it as an opportunity to watch horror films such as The Exorcist, Halloween or the recent Stephen King adaptation of IT. There are also many less-scary, family films to watch such as Hocus Pocus, Adams Family and Scary Movie.

At British Car Registrations, we’ve put together a short list of current and pre-fix private plates which are all perfect for Halloween. The number plates below are all genuine plates which can be purchased – just click on your favourite ones to go through our simple buying process. Prices vary and all will be plus VAT and the £80 DVLA fee.

Halloween Private Plates







TR11 EAT  




If these are too scary for you, what about OWL and CAT options? These also make great gifts for owl and cat lovers!



If all this talk about Halloween isn’t really your thing, maybe our Football-inspired private plates for sale will take your fancy?

Whatever you end up doing this Halloween, have a spectacular one from British Car Registrations.

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Football Number Plates

Football car registrations are becoming increasingly popular – they are amongst those which are frequently searched on our website. So we’ve compiled a list of all the popular private number plates so you can access them quickly.

Turn your car into the ultimate football trophy by selecting from the list below, or do a private plate search and see what the results are.

We have over 50 million plates to choose from so give it a try and find your perfect sporting number plate today.




At British Car Registrations, we offer price-matching on selected DVLA number plates. We also offer a 7 day transfer guarantee and have a number of finance plans to make purchases much more affordable.

Struggling with a reg transfer? Don’t worry, we can sort all this for you. Give our team of experts a call 0121 353 3333 and we will be able to handle the process for you.

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Glossary of Terms

The car registrations glossary below defines the words and phrases you will come across when buying or selling a private number plate.  If you have any further questions, give us a call on 0121 353 3333 and we will be happy to help.


Black and White Style Plates

Vehicles manufactured before 1st January 1975 can display the older style number plates. This must be after you have applied to DVLA, and be registered with the ‘historic vehicles’ tax class. This allows your vehicle to retain authenticity and keeping its age. Only Vehicles registered with historic tax class are allowed to display the black and silver number plates.


Cherished Number

This is a term which is used to describe a reg plate which has been purchased. The term  ‘Personalised Registration’ is also used when describing a car reg which identifies the owner – either by name or initials.

Current or New Style Registration Plate

A type of car registration format. This was issued by the DVLA to be used from year 2001 onwards. The style format is two letters, followed by two numbers and ends in three letters.

The numbers represent the year the car was released and these change every six months – March and September. Example: AA52 BCD.


Dateless Registration

A dateless registration does not contain a date/year identifier. This means it can be transferred to any vehicle, regardless of the age. These plates are popular for owners who wish to hide the age on their car. View our Dateless Car Registrations.

DfT, Department for Transport

This is the Parent Government Department responsible for DVLA and other areas in relevant to the UL Transport Networks.


In private number plate terminology, the ‘Donor’ is the person who is entitled to display the car reg. They will need to authorise the reg transfer to the person who will next own the registration in question. In a nutshell, the donor is the seller of the private number plate.

When two parties are involved in the transfer of a registration number, the DONOR is the person who is selling the registration number. Donor Vehicle is the vehicle that the registration number is coming from.

DoT, DOT, Department of Transport

Department of Transport was the name, from 1981 until 1997, of the government department now called the Department for Transport.


DVLA stands for Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. They are government owned and take responsibility for maintaining driver records, vehicles and their licence status. The DVLA collects Vehicle Excise Duty – Road Tax.

DVLA issues new car registration numbers and carries out the administrative and regulation of vehicle registrations and number plates, including private plates.

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre (DVLC)

The DVLC was created in 1974. It was created to begin the central registration and licensing of all new vehicles. It was also given the task of converting the old style log books. The DVLC became the DVLA.

Legally Spaced

Number plates must represent the car registration number and follow the correct spacing rewquirements as laid down by the DVLA. Numbers must not be made to look like letters or vice versa. Also, number plate fixing bolts should not be used to block or enhance parts of the number plate. Vehicles which do not follow the private plate regulations will fail their MOT . The Police can also issue fixed penalties for illegally displayed private number plates.


New Release

A periodic issue of new registration by DVLA. New releases currently occur twice a year.


Often seen on the Retention Document, the Nominee is the person who is assigned the entitlement to display a car registration.


Personalised Registration

A Personalised Registration is a term used to describe a registration number which has been bought. It usually identifies the owner or vehicle by name, initials, special numbers or nickname.

Prefix Registration

This is a type of car registration. The year of the car can be identified by a prefix letter code. The format is Y123 XXX, where ‘Y’ is the year identifier. View our Prefix Car Regs.


‘Q’ Marks

First introduced in 1983, they are issued to vehicles with no determined age. For example, Kit Conversion vehicles were built using components from more than one vehicle or for imported vehicles where the date of first registration is unknown.

Q marks were introduced to protect the used car buyer and it has received widespread support from the police and motor trade.

A reg transfer cannot be performed on a Q marked vehicle.


Receiver/ Rec

The ‘receiver’ is the person to whom the car reg is transferred to.

Registered Keeper

The person named on the V5C Registration Document is the registered keeper. This person is also responsible for taxing the vehicle. This is different to the owner of the vehicle.

Registration Mark

Registration Mark = Private Number Plates

Registration Number

Registration Mark/ Private Number Plate.

This is the unique identifier which consists of letters and numbers. It appears in the format as approved by DVLA. The registration number is used by Police to help gain access to the vehicle’s records. The vehicle registration number is attached to the front and rear of all vehicles – apart from Motorcycles. A reg plate must also be attached to any trailers or caravans as well.

There are two font styles allowed on all number plates – standard and 3D font. All other varieties are not permitted. The spacing of the numbers and letters must match as printed in the V5C Registration Certificate.

Vehicle registration plates have to comply with The British Standard – BSAU 145D. This is broken down below:

  • The British Standard Number (currently BS AU 145d)
  • The name, trade mark, or other means of identification of the manufacturer or component supplier. (The company who actually make the number plate.)
  • The name and postcode of the supplying outlet.
  • A non-reflective border and the Euro-symbol with the national identification letters are optional additions.
  • There shall be no other markings or material contained on the number plate


This is the process of removing a registration number plate from a vehicle. It is retained and costs £80. A Retention Document is issued when the number is not transferred straightaway onto another vehicle. This is valid for 10 years.

The £80 DfT transfer fee is paid in advance with no further costs. If the Retention Document expires, there is no renewal cost either.

The Grantee is usually the person who put the registration number on Retention (i.e. the person registered as the keeper of the donor vehicle). At the time of transfer, the Grantee can be specified.

The Grantee cannot be changed once the Retention Document has been issued. When purchasing a registration number, it cannot be assigned into a Retention Document in your name if it is already on another one.

A ‘nominee’ name can be added to the Document. This will allow the reg plate to be transferred to a vehicle registered in a name other than the Grantee’s. The nominee name can be updated at any time. However, the nominee cannot assign the registration number or extend the Retention Document.

Road Fund Licence

An old term for Vehicle Excise Duty.

Road Tax

A common, unofficial, colloquial term for Vehicle Excise Duty.


Suffix Registration

A type of car registration in which the year of issue is indicated by a suffix letter code. The format is  XXX 123Y, where “Y” is the year identifier. View our Suffix private plates.


Transfer Fee

The standard government charge for transferring a number plate to or from a vehicle. It is currently £80.

Transfer Process

This is the process which is managed by our team of experts. They are in regular contact with the DVLA, based in Swansea. We do everything we can to ensure the transfer is done as quickly as possible and price ourselves on our 7-day Transfer Process.


Vehicle Excise Duty

Also know as Road Fund Licence and, commonly, as Road Tax.

VRO – the local DVLA Office

They process your documents while you wait. You will need to take your certificate of entitlement (V750) and your V5C. As well as your MOT and vehicle Tax details. All these documents will be reissued with your new private plate.  You can also post them your documents to process.

V5C Registration Certificate

Also known as V5C, V5C(W) and V5C(NI), commonly known as a ‘logbook’. It is a two-page certificate that is issued when a vehicle is registered with the DVLA. It is red in colour and will have a ‘DLV’ watermark in the white box when held up to the light.

This document is not proof of ownership, as the DVLA records vehicle keepers, and not the owners. The registered keeper is sent the V5C.

The information it shows includes:

  • vehicle registration number
  • vehicle keeper’s name and address
  • other important information about the vehicle (the make, vehicle identification number (VIN) and number of previous keepers)

V317 Document

This is the application form which is required to transfer a number from vehicle to vehicle, or vehicle to retention.

V62 Form

This form is used to apply for a replacement V5C registration document.

V750 Certificate of Entitlement

This is a DVLA certificate that holds a newly issued registration number until a vehicle is available. The certificate can only be renewed by the person who purchased the number plate. The number plate can only be assigned onto a vehicle registered to the purchaser or nominee.
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Reg Transfers

Transferring your registration plate

We have made your vehicle registration transfer process easy with our 7 Day Guarantee and step-by-step.

You’ve got your new private car reg, congratulations! Now you just need to transfer it onto your vehicle.

This is where many people get stumped as they don’t know where to go from here. Don’t worry, most of the steps can be completed by British Car Registrations within a matter of days with our 7 Day Transfer guarantee. Remember, you cannot drive legally until you have completed the reg transfer process, or you risk being fined by the DVLA. Read DVLA Private Plate regulations here.

Buying a Personalised New Reg Plate

First of all, buy the reg plate you want for your vehicle. We can help you buy your private and personalised car number plates from British Car Registrations.

Reg Transfers – the process

So you have your new reg and all the necessary documentation to prove it is yours. Now it is time to start the reg transfer process.

Assigning your new reg plate:

To display your new reg on your vehicle, you will need to apply to the DVLA. British Car Registrations offer this service to remove the hassle from the reg transfer process.

The documents required to do this are detailed below:

  • the V750 certificate of entitlment or the V778 retention document signed by the person named on the top of the certificate.
  • the log book (V5C) or the new keeper suppliment with a completed V62 ‘application for a vehicle registration certificate V5C’ form.
  • an MOT test certificate for vehicles over 3 years old (1 year for heavy goods vehicles)

If the vehicle already had a private reg on it, this will need to be removed first or you could lose the rights to use it. However, this can be done at the same time assigning your new private plate.

Remember, when buying a reg plate, you can’t use a registration which makes the vehicle look newer than it is.

Remember, the vehicle that will bear the new reg will need to be registered, or about to be registered, and taxed to be driven in Great Britain.

Remember, if your vehicle is older than 1960, you will need a valid MOT certificate to assign the reg.

Adding a nominee or taxing your vehicle when you assign the number:

You can add a nominee when assigning the registration number by completing section 2 of the V750 or V778

If you need to tax the vehicle at the same time you will need:

  • a completed V10 ‘application for a tax disc’
  • a certificate of insurance or a valid cover note for the vehicle.
  • a cheque for the correct vehicle tax
  •  Renewing or updating your V750/V778

If you don’t assign your number to a vehicle and the certificate of entitlement is about to run out you will receive a reminder from us. You can renew it for up to 10 years – otherwise you will lose the right to assign it to your vehicle.


Service Fee
Renew your V750/V778 FREE
Add or change nominee FREE*
Change details or replace lost or stolen certificate £25*

Transferring your registration number:

For a DVLA fee of £80, you can transfer your current plate to a new vehicle. British Car Registrations include all DVLA transfer fees when you buy a private plate from us. This means you will not pay anything else when assigning your new reg.

If you don’t wish to transfer your registration to another vehicle, you can put it on retention, ready to transfer at a later date. Our customers use the services here at British Car Registrations to complete this process – all you need is your 11-digit reference number from your latest V5C. Read DVLA Transfer regulations.

Retaining your registration mark

Your V5C document expires after 10 years and you’ll need to renew it in order to retain your private registration plate for a further 10 years. Read our Retention Guide 

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Cherished Number Plates

What is a Cherished Plate?

Cherished plates, also called dateless or elite number plates, are ones which were issued before 1963.

They are called ‘cherished’ as these registrations have been around for a long time, some since 1903! Cherished plates have either remained in one family over the years, or on classic vehicles that have required a lot of love and attention over the years to remain road-worthy.

One of the best examples of the cherished private number plate is the iconic A 1 car registration.

History of the Iconic A 1 Private Plate

In 1903, Earl Russell queued outside the London County Council office apparently all night so he could be the first to secure the A 1 number plate. He was successful in his task and beat his rival by 5 seconds. Now, that is dedication!

Later on, the Chairman of the London County Council acquired the number plate, which then was sold to Mr George Pettyt in 1907, along with the car. He held the A 1 number plate for a good few years – simply transferring it onto each new vehicle he owned each time.

In 1950, after Mr George Pettyt’s death, it was left to Mr Laker in the will – under one condition – that he keep the A 1 private number plate until he passed away himself. Mr Laker kept this promise and in 1970, upon his death, Dunlop purchased the private number plate. They donated £2,500 to a charity which looked after Guide Dogs as Mr Laker had wished for.

The A 1 private number plate then changed hands once again in the 2000’s, this time going to Prince Jefri Bolkiah who is a member of the Brunei Royal Family. He paired the A 1 plate with the equally impressive 1 A plate on matching white Bentley Azures.

The 1 A private number plate sold at the first classic DVLA auction in 1989 for £160,000! So there you have it, the history of the A 1 and 1 A private plates.

Transfer of Cherished Number Plates.

Cherished number plates exist in two ways – on a certificate of entitlement (that details you as the legal owner) or on an actual vehicle. A cherished plate can be transferred from vehicle to certificate, and vice versa.

A cherished number plate can be transferred onto a certificate of entitlement or straight onto another vehicle – a DVLA fee of £80 is just required to make it transferable.

It’s simple to transfer a DVLA cherished number plate. It can either be done online or by post, all you need is the V5 log book and valid certificates which must be in date. The vehicles must both be taxed and tested.

When a registration is removed from a vehicle and placed on a certificate or onto another vehicle, the original vehicle will receive another car registration in its place. This can either be the registration the vehicle had before the cherished number or another car reg which is suitable for that vehicle’s age.

How do I sell a Cherished Number Plate?

Just follow our simple step-by-step process to get you on the way to selling your personal number plate.

A Special Registration For You

You don’t need to break the bank to own a special registration. We can help you find a plate which is meaningful to you. We have been successfully directing our clients from buying to selling through to transferring their private number plates for 30 years. We pride ourselves on customer service, quality and value. We have finance plans and a price-match guarantee in place to make your experience with us as comfortable as possible. Give our team of experts a call on 0121 353 3333 or start your private plate search online today.

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DVLA Bans 300 Number Plates


Every six months new number plates are introduced into circulation with them used to give the car a unique identity and show its age.

The new 67 Plate was released on September 1st 2017 – search our 67 Private Plates. Can’t find what you’re looking for, then call us on 0121 353 33 33 to find your matching private plate for your new vehicle today!

But over 300 private plates were withheld by the DVLA as they were deemed to cause ‘upset’ or ‘offence’.

Among those banned by DVLA are MU67 DER, BU67 GER, DO67 GER, BA67 ARD, MU67 GER, HU67 WLY and OR67 SAM. Other “words” like AF67 HAN, DO67 SHT, AR67 OLEand NE67 ECT also make the list – what a variety!!!

A DVLA spokesman said they had responsibility as a regulator to not “cause upset or offence”.

In June, earlier this year, the Swansea-based Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency admitted that a plate JH11 HAD “slipped through the net”. According to the information readily supplied by the Freedom of Information Act to BBC Wales has shown, words which look like they spell extremist groups such as JIHAD are banned.

Finding it difficult to crack the private plate code?

To some people, the 6 can look like an ‘S’ or ‘G’. The 7 can look like a ‘T’ or even an ‘L’.

When put together, 67 can be read by some eyes as ‘R’, but this is a bit more difficult. Nonetheless, DVLA have deemed them as unsuitable.

Take a look at the one below, what do you see?

Other private plates which are prohibited are the ones with start with NO and end with a complete three-letter word, the 67 here holds no relevance in these circumstances. Some examples of these are NO67 FUN, NO67 MUM, NO67 DAD and so on…

DVLA state that “The agency applies a clear policy of withholding potentially offensive registration numbers equally to normal issue series and those made available to purchase from our sales team.

“Such numbers are withheld if they are likely to cause offence or embarrassment to the general population in this country on the grounds of political, racial and religious sensitivities or simply because they are in poor taste when displayed correctly on a number plate.”

There are a whole range of naughty, rude and risqué personalised car regs which DVLA have allowed to be released however, we’ve gathered a few here in our recent Naughty Number Plates post.

In 2011, DVLA banned hundreds of DVLA car registrations from being sold to the public. Private registrations which seemed to be rude or offensive were withdrawn from sale with immediate effect.

Body parts, drugs, alcohol, and religious words have all been banned. For example DR12 UNK (Drunk), TE12 ROR (Terror), KO12 AAN (Koran).

This recent stance has come about since DVLA instructed Alan Clarke to remove his private number plate BO11 LUX from his vehicle just 6 weeks after he had purchased it!

Read more on Buying a Private Plate

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Retain a Registration Number

The Retention Scheme is where a private number plate is taken off a vehicle and placed onto a certificate of entitlement. This then allows the owner to transfer the plate to another vehicle at a suitable time for them and allows them to sell or scrap the donor car or other vehicle it was on.

To keep the rights to a registration mark on a certificate (separate to a vehicle), you will need to fill out a V778/1 form, available to download and print out from the DVLA’s website.

The retention scheme enables the keeper of a vehicle to hold its registration on a certificate indefinitely.

To retain the registration mark, You will need to send your application form to the DVLA, along with the following documents:

  • V317 form.
  • A cheque for £80.

Your vehicle will be assigned with a non transferable age related registration mark.

When the retention is complete, you will receive the following:

  • V5C Registration Document. Showing the change of registration mark.

Upon receiving this document, you may legally display your new number plates on your vehicle. Before doing this, please remember to inform your insurance company of the change to your policy. Your MOT (if applicable) and road tax will be updated electronically.

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Cheap Number Plates

We all know or think number plates are very expensive, however it’s still possible to personalise your vehicle without the hefty price tag. Go straight to our Bargain Basement section. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Call us on 0121 353 33 33 and speak to our team of experts.

Top Tip: The rule is you can make your vehicle look older, but not one day newer with your choice of private plate.

There are a number of ways to secure a low cost number plates:

Northern Irish Plates
Prefix Plates
Dateless Plates

Where to get cheap number plates for cars

The most efficient way to bag a cheap private plate is to buy one securely online from British Car Registrations. There’s a huge range of registrations, with prices starting from as little as £39. View our full list of our cheap private plates.

Northern Irish Plates

Some of the cheapest number plates available are those which come from Northern Ireland. Closely resembling cherished plates as they hold no age identifier, you can buy them online directly online from British Car Registrations.

Cheap Northern Ireland number plates start from £39. The format consists of 3 letter, plus 1,2,3 or 4 numbers. The letter combination always includes an I or a Z. This is the distinguishing feature from cherished registration plates.

Northern Ireland number plates are exactly the same as dateless plates. Which are assigned to give no indication of vehicle age.

The inclusion of an I or Z in the letter combination may suit those whose names have those letters – GAZ, BAL, LOL and so on. Alternaiteyly, the numbers could represent a significant day such as a birthday for example, 2487  could represent 2nd of April 1987.

The price different between a cheap Irish reg and a dateless personalised plate can be stricking, with a cherished plate being much more expensive.

Top Tip: If you have a fleet of cars, it may be possible to get a consecutive run of numbers such as BCR 1987, BCR 1988, BCR 1989, allowing you to customise them all.

Prefix Plates – Make Your Own Plate

Prefix private regs are usually under £300 which enables you to choose a prefix year letter plus 1,2 or 3 numbers followed by 3 letters (not including I, Q or Z). This is a great way top personalise your vehicle to match your initials.

Top Tip: Parents, if your child has three names, this is a perfect way of securing their future car reg purchase!

Prefix private plates are subject to availability and hold an age restriction to the age of the vehicle – unlike cheap Irish plates.

Dateless Plates

The last type of cheap plates are the dateless plate ones. For example, 306 FXM, 319 DCG, 426 CLV, the number/ letter format can also be switched around the other way too. However, due to the format, there is a high chance they match someone’s initial and special numbers.

Top Tip: The more uncommon the letter combination, the cheaper the plate! Try a search and see what appears. Search our Bargain Basement to find the perfect gem!  If you can’t find your perfect private plate, call us on 0121 353 33 33 and speak to our team of experts.

British Car Registrations are proud to have been trading for 30 years. Our team of experts will provide you with the same service whatever your spending. We pride ourselves on quality, customer service and value.


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Transfers: Basic DVLA Regulations

The donor vehicle must be currently MOT’d and taxed, taxed and MOT expired or MOT expired and tax expired less than 6 months.

If you have declared SORN on the donor vehicle then the last tax disc must have expired (not refunded) less than 6 months.

A fee of £80 to the Department of Transport is payable for a vehicle to vehicle transfer and £105 (£25 of which is the actual registration fee) is payable for placing the mark onto a retention certificate. The certificate is valid for 12 months and can be renewed annually for £25 per year.

A donor vehicle must be subject to MOT testing at some time during its life.

Registration marks legally are owned by the Secretary of State for Transport – it is the right to display the mark on a vehicle which is granted or transferred. If you pass on a vehicle to a new keeper, then you lose control of the registration mark. If you scrap a vehicle without retaining the mark, the mark is lost.

You can’t use a mark to make a vehicle look newer than it is. e.g. you can’t assign an R registration to a D registration car. You are allowed to use an older registration.

You can’t put a cherished number onto a Q registered vehicle.

Registration marks, which have never been used on vehicles before, are issued in the form of certificates of entitlement (V750). Like V778’s, they are renewable annually for a fee of £25 per year. So if you find the registration you’ve always wanted, you can keep it on a certificate until you have a suitable car. Marks on certificates are ideal to give as surprise presents since the actual vehicle documents aren’t needed until after the event, so you can give the certificate and a pair of plates, attractively wrapped.

To assign a registration mark on a certificate to a vehicle, you need to take/post your registration document (V5/C), MOT (if applicable), current copy of the tax disc or note of the expiry date and serial number (or tax application) to your nearest local Registration Office – usually in the telephone directory under “Transport, Dept. of”. The assignment fee will already have been paid at the time of purchasing the mark, or placing it on a retention, so there will be no more costs to pay. You will be given back your tax disc showing the new mark and given an envelope to send back your old disc. Any MOT submitted will be re-stamped with the new registration. Your V5 will be sent to DVLA, Swansea for the new reg to be put on and then returned direct to you. The V5 will not show another keeper.

Department of transport local offices provide an “over the counter” service for V750 assignments only. Other transactions take approximately 7-14 working days.

The legal time in any registration transfer to actually change your number plates is when you have a current tax disc showing the new mark.

You can apply for tax at the same time as a transfer by sending in your insurance certificate or cover note, a completed V10 (This can be obtained from a post office and should, technically, be filled in with the existing registration mark) and the appropriate fee (Cheques to the Dept. Of Transport).

You can apply to put the vehicle into your name at the same time as the transfer by filling in the appropriate part of the V5/C. If you only have the small green slip of the V5/C (V5/2) you can use this to do a cherished transfer accompanied by a completed V62 form. The green slip must not already show cherished transfer having taken place and can only be used for up to two months from the date of sale.

In general the documents needed for a cherished transfer are: – V5/C, MOT (if applicable), V317 (Transfer form). When you take a cherished registration off your vehicle, you will be given back a registration mark suitable for the year of the car. Usually, nowadays, you will be given back the original mark. This simplifies DVLA records and, also, is better for drivers who have had their windows etched with the original registration mark.

In certain circumstances, a cherished number can be put onto a brand new vehicle. This involves sending the appropriate entitlement certificate to the car dealer. Since many dealers register new vehicles online it is always necessary to discuss your requirements with them first.

The forms for applying to retain a mark (V778/1) or transfer from one vehicle to another (V317) are available from your local vehicle licensing office.

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