How to Transfer your Number Plate

How to Transfer Your Number Plate to Another Vehicle

July 24, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

When purchasing a new car, most people will simply accept whichever number plate the vehicle automatically comes with. This is because generic and standard number plates are all very similar. Though the numbers and letters themselves are different, there are very few benefits to having one over the other. However, things are a little different if you have a private number plate.

There are a lot of reasons for having a private number plate but whatever the reason, they cost money. So, if you have purposely chosen a private number plate, you will surely want to transfer it when you get another vehicle. Luckily, this can be done relatively easily.

Transferring Your Number Plate to Another Vehicle Easily

A lot of people assume that transferring your number plate to another vehicle is a time consuming and complex task, but that’s not the case at all. Though it’s not quite as straightforward as physically taking the number plate off of one vehicle and placing it directly onto another, it’s not something that you should struggle to do. To transfer a private number plate from one vehicle to another you need to take it off the vehicle you are transferring it from and assign it to the vehicle you are transferring it to. This is all done via the DVLA as the DVLA handles everything to do with car licensing and taxation, which includes the transfer of number plates.

You can transfer a number plate from your vehicle to another vehicle in your name or a vehicle that you are buying, as well as a vehicle in someone’s name. As long as you own the private number plate, it is yours to transfer as you wish. This is all done using a V317 form, which is solely used to transfer a vehicle registration number from one vehicle to another. The V317 form can be filled out online or you can do it on paper. If you are transferring your number plate to another one of your own vehicles, you are the only person who needs to fill out the V317 form. However, if the number plate is being transferred to someone else’s vehicle then both registered keepers need to complete it.

As well as the completed V317 form, you will also need to provide a completed V62 form and an £80 transfer fee. You will also need to have the V5C registration document for the vehicle already listing you as the registered keeper or stating that you will become the registered keeper. Once you have provided all of the necessary information, you will be able to transfer your number plate to the other vehicle.

Can You Transfer a Number Plate to Any Vehicle?

Though you do have a lot of freedom in regards to the vehicle you can transfer a number plate too, there are certain criteria that must be met. The vehicle must be capable of passing an MOT and it must be available for inspection if the DVLA should ask. If not, you will not be able to transfer the number plate. Additionally, you cannot transfer a number plate to a vehicle to make it appear younger than it actually is. For example, you cannot put a number plate with a specific year on a vehicle that is older. If you are looking to purchase a plate I would suggest using the DVLA or a website like this one.

It’s important to note that you can only transfer number plates to vehicles that are registered with the DVLA. Vehicles that are not registered with the DVLA technically don’t exist and therefore it’s assumed that there is no vehicle to transfer it to. You will also need to tax the vehicle before you transfer the number plate or apply for a SORN declaration to categorize it as off-road.


About the Author

Eric J. Leech is a born and bred auto enthusiast who has been a gear-head ever since he crawled out of his crib and got his Kool-aide stained mitts on a 67 Camaro SS (red, black bucket seats, no air-conditioning). He's since become an automotive journalist for a variety of sources, including DUB Magazine, American Auto Press, Import Tuner, Turbo & High Performance, and has also worked as a content provider for the Discovery Channel's, Mean Green Machines. Follow Eric J. Leech at Google+

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