Football Number Plates

Football- related car registrations are becoming increasingly popular – they are amongst those which are frequently searched on our website. So we’ve compiled a list of popular private number plate combinations to enable you to 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.

POPULAR FOOTBALL NUMBER PLATES

FA CUP
EURO CUP
AVFC
BLUES
BCFC
DERBY CITY
LFC
MIDDLESBOROUGH
SPURS
UTD
UNITED
VILLA

WBA
WFC
WOLVES
WREXHAM

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.

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.

B

Black and White Style Plates

Vehicles first registered before 1st January 1975 are entitled to display the older black and white style number plates (but vehicles first registered after this date may not). Remember that you may NOT fix plates to your vehicle displaying a registration mark that is not registered to it so you must wait for official confirmation. Only Vehicles registered with historic tax class are allowed to display the black and silver number plates.

C

Cherished Number

This is a DVLA term used to describe what some may term a personalised registration mark, private plate, personal number plate etc.

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 on March 1st and September 1st. Example: AA52 BCD.

D

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.

DfT, Department for Transport

This is the Parent Government Department responsible for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) as well as all “transport” related matters.

Donor

In private number plate terminology, the “Donor” is the person who supplies the registration. They will need to authorise the transfer of the registration mark to the person who will next own the registration in question – this person is known as the “Recipient”.

When two parties are involved in the transfer of a registration number, the DONOR is the person who is selling the registration number and the DONOR Vehicle is the vehicle that the registration number is coming from.  The RECIPIENT is the person who is receiving the new registration mark and their vehicle is known as the RECEIVING vehicle.

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

DVLA stands for Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. DVLA is a Government Agency with responsibility for maintaining driver and vehicle records and enforcement of breaches of their regulations. 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.

 

Legally Spaced

Number plates must represent the car registration number and follow the correct spacing requirements 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.

N

New Release

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

Nominee

Often seen on the Retention Document, the “Nominee name” will be the same as the registered keeper of the vehicle as it appeared on the V5c registration document.

P

Personalised Registrations

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.  DVLA’s term is “cherished registration” and people use a variety of words by which they mean the same thing – eg: private plates.

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.

Private Plates

See personalised registrations, above.

Q

‘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 transfer of registration cannot be performed on a Q marked vehicle.

R

Recipient

The ‘recipient’ is the person to whom the car registration is transferred.

Registered Keeper

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

Registration Mark

The unique series of letters and numbers that identify an individual vehicle.

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 number plate must also be attached to any trailers or caravans.

There are two font styles allowed on all number plates – standard and 3D font.  No other varieties are permitted. The spacing of the numbers and letters must correspond with that printed on the V5C Registration Document.

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

Retention

This is the process of removing a registration number plate from a vehicle. It is retained for up to 10 years on a V778 document at a cost of £80. A Retention Document is issued when the number is not immediately transferred.

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 at the point of retention.  However, the Grantee cannot be changed once the Retention Document has been issued. When purchasing a registration number, it cannot be assigned onto a Retention Document in your name if it is already on retention.

A ‘nominee’ name can be added to the Document. This will allow the registration 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 and is not recognised by DVLA has having any rights relating to the registration mark.

Road Fund Licence

An old term for Vehicle Excise Duty.

Road Tax

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

S

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.

T

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 pride ourselves on our swift and efficient service.

V

Vehicle Excise Duty

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

VRO – the local DVLA Office

There are no longer any local vehicle registration offices; all cherished transfer business is conducted at DVLA in Swansea.

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 predominantly red in colour and will have a 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.

V778 Certificate of Retention

This is a DVLA certificate that is issued by them when a registration mark as been “retained” (see Retention, above).
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Transferring Registrations

Transferring your registration plate

We have made your vehicle registration transfer process easy with our 7 Day Guarantee (as long as the registration mark qualifies and you have paid the relevant fee) and step-by-step.

You’ve got your new private car reg, congratulations! Now you just need it to be transferred to 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 promptly and efficiently completed by British Car Registrations.. Remember, you may not legally display the new mark until the transfer process is completed, 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.

Transferring – the process

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

Assigning your new reg plate:

To display your new registration on your vehicle, you will need to apply to the DVLA (in person at Swansea in South Wales, by post or online). Alternatively, if you are a busy person, British Car Registrations offers this service to remove the hassle for you.

The documents required to do this are detailed below:

  • the V750 certificate of entitlement or the V778 retention document signed by the person named on the top of the certificate.
  • the registration document (V5C) or the new keeper supplement 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 to which the new marl is being assigned or transferred already has a private registration 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 as assigning your new private plate.

Remember, you cannot assign or transfer a registration mark to a vehicle that would have the effect or making the vehicle appear to be newer than it is.  It will need to be registered, or about to be registered, and taxed to be driven in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

 

Adding a nominee 

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

Transferring your registration number:

 

Retention

A V778 certificate of retention 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, private, personalised or elite number plates, is the DVLA’s official terminology but very often is used to describe the more exclusive ones issued before 1963.

Some have been in circulation for over 100 years!  Cherished plates have frequently remained in one family over the years, or on classic vehicles that have required a lot of love and attention in their lifetime 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 that 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 Tyres 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 V5c registration document (and valid certificates which must be in date). Any vehicle participating in a cherished transfer must be both taxed and MOTed.

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 one 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 more than 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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Retain a Registration Number

The Retention Scheme is where a private number plate is taken off a vehicle and placed onto a certificate of retention. 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 – the certificate will be valid for an initial 10 years.

To keep the rights to a registration mark on a certificate (separate to a vehicle), you will need to fill out a V317 form, available to download and print out from the DVLA’s website.

To retain the registration mark, the vehicle must be both taxed and MOTed (if the vehicle is 3 years old or more) and you will need to send your completed V317 application form to the DVLA, along with the following documents:

  • V5c
  • A cheque for £80.

Your vehicle will be assigned with an age related replacement registration mark.

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

  • V5C Registration document. Showing the replacement registration mark.
  • V778 Certificate of retention. Showing the mark that has been retained.

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) that 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 personalised registration number:

Northern Irish Plates
Prefix Plates
Dateless Plates

Where to get cheap personal 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 £59. 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. They bear no age identifier and you can buy them, easily, online directly from British Car Registrations.

Cheap Northern Ireland number plates start from £59. The format consists of 3 letters, plus 1,2,3 or 4 numbers. The letter combination always includes an I or a Z (thus distinguishing this type of registration from UK mainland dateless marks).

Northern Ireland number plates are principally used to disguise any indication of a vehicle’s age (unless, of course, you are lucky enough to have initials that contain an I or a Z!).

The inclusion of an I or Z in the letter combination may suit those whose names have those letters – GAZ, BIL, LIL, GIB etc or who drive a Mercedes Benz where MBZ is often selected. Alternately, the numbers could represent a significant day such as a birthday – for example, 2487  could represent 2nd of April 1987.

The price difference between a cheap Northern Ireland registration and a dateless UK mainland plate can be striking, with the latter 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 OIG 5637, OIG 5638, OIG 5639 etc; allowing you to customise them all.

Prefix Plates – Make Your Own Plate

Prefix private registrations start at £250 (and less if purchased online) 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 to personalise your vehicle to match your initials without breaking the bank.  They also make fantastic, thoughtful gifts.

Top Tip: Parents, if your child has three names, this is a perfect way of securing their future car registration purchase at today’s prices!

Prefix private plates are subject to availability and bear an age-related letter which limits the age of the vehicle to which they can be assigned.

Dateless Plates

The last type of cheaper style plates are the dateless ones with less popular letters. For example, 306 FXM, 426 CLV, etc.  They may relate to someone’s initials but, because some letters (X for example) are rarely used in someone’s name they are less popular and, hence, can be cheaper.

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 is proud to have been trading for more than 30 years. Our team of experts will provide you with the same service whatever you’re 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 with 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 (it cannot have been refunded) less than 6 months previously.

A fee of £80 is payable to the Department of Transport for a vehicle to vehicle transfer and £80 is also the fee payable for placing the mark onto a retention. A retention certificate is initially valid for 10 years.  A V317 form is required to perform either type of transaction.

A donor vehicle must be subject to MOT testing at some time during its life in order to qualify as a “donor”.

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 V778s, they start off being valid for 10 years and are renewable for a fee. 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 and delight your loved-one.

To assign a registration mark on a certificate to a vehicle, you need to take/post your registration document (V5c) and MOT (if applicable), to DVLA. 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. Your road tax information and MOT will be update with the new registration mark information and a new V5c will be issed to the registered keeper by DVLA. The V5c will not show another keeper because there will have been no change in the keeper.  In many cases it is possible to perform this transfer or assignment process online through DVLA’s website.

You may change your number plates as soon as the transfer or assignment has been confirmed.

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 V317 DVLA form is available from DVLA and can be downloaded from their website.

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Buying a private number plate

Where can I buy a private number plate?

It’s very simple, just give us a call and our team of experts will be able to assist you in the purchase of a suitable registration plate. They’ll be on hand to help you with any questions you may have regarding your purchase or the car reg transfer.

Alternatively, we have a large variety available to buy online – safely and securely!

Make Your Own personalised car reg by searching for your initials, name, car or special number now.

Step 1: Search

Enter the registration you want into the SEARCH box. You may have seen it advertised in one of the national newspapers or on our website. By using the SEARCH box, you will be able to see whether the car number plate is still for sale. If not, alternative options will be shown to you. If you would like further assistance, please call our team of friendly experts on 0121 353 3333 or email us at sales@britishcarregistrations.co.uk.

Step 2: Buy online or call us on 0121 353 3333

If your selected private plate is available, that means you can purchase it online straightaway. All you have to do is follow the on screen instructions and ensure you have a valid credit or debit card.

Tips when searching for your new personalised plate:

  • Limit the combination of letters to 3 – ABC, KAT, TOM, DAZ for example.
  • It is worth noting that UK registrations can only include a maximun of 3 consecutive numbers unless there is only 1 or 2 non-year-related letters (eg: A 1234).
  • Try a combination of initials and numbers to find something special – KT 30, P 1972, GEM 57 and so on.

Transferring a Registration

You’ve got your new private plate, now you need to get it transferred onto your vehicle. Read our Reg Transfer Guide – https://britishcarregistrations.co.uk/reg-transfers/

Glossary

Need some help with the jargon? Read our handy Glossary.

About Us

British Car Registrations was established in 1987 by its current owners. Its success has been down to being one of the first private number plate specialists and remaining  market leaders offering a range of products and services. The company prides itself on its high level of customer service, quality and value. A range of financial plans, price matching and a 7 day transfer guarantee are all important innovations.

 

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Selling a private number plate

How to sell a private number plate in 3 easy steps

All you need to do is complete our online, no obligation, number plate valuation form and we’ll send you an email to tell you how much it is worth. We will also add you to our database and keep a record of the registration mark to assist us in answering private number plate enquiries. If you would prefer not to be added to our database, please let us know and we will remove you. If you would like more information on this process, view our handy selling guide.

How to transfer a private number plate.

How to buy a cheap number plate.

 

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Private Plates

Private registrations are increasing in popularity all the time. We have new customers buying from us each day as well as customers who already own private registrations, coming back and purchasing additional registrations for their other car or as gifts for their loved ones.

One of the reasons customers love purchasing private registrations is for the investment potential they can bring. People who have previously purchased from us come back in order to sell them – often taking taking advantage of our ‘Buy Back’ scheme whereby we purchase their private plate back from them at their original price.

More often than not, when a customer sells their private registration with us, they will have seen a significant profit.

britishcarregistrations.co.uk has made it so easy for you to search for private plates, just add your initials or special numbers to the box on the homepage. You can also use the prefix and current search style.

Still not sure where to start? Click on one of the headings below to get you started!

Where can I buy a number plate?

How can I sell a private number plate?

What are the rules surrounding number plate transfers?

How do I retain a car registration number?

We hope you enjoy browsing.

 

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