Our previous articles explaining car registration years and where a vehicle was first registered have proven to be quite successful.
They’ve done so well, we decided to round off this category with information on personalised plates.
We get a lot of questions from our readers and customers such as “can you put a new plate onto an older vehicle?” and we would love to cover off as much as we can.
The process of registering a plate might seem daunting so we’ve tried to simplify the process as much as possible.
All you need to do is:
- Check your eligibility
- Buy the private plate
- Print the private plates
- Register the private reg
- Put the new plates onto the vehicle
- Inform your insurance provider
How To Become Eligible For A Private Plate
Before buying a private registration for your vehicle, you need to consider the eligibility of the vehicle first.
There are a few guidelines that need to be adhered to so make sure you follow them to the letter.
First, we will start with what is needed to be eligible.
Your Vehicle Must:
- Be available to be inspected (if required)
- Be registered in the UK with DVLA
- Be a vehicle that requires an MOT or HGV test certificate
- Be taxed or had a SORN for 5 years straight
- If it’s had a SORN for more than 5 years, it must be taxed
The next few guidelines are things that you cannot do (or even try).
- You cannot put a new plate on an old car
For example, you cannot put a personalised 21 plate onto a vehicle that was registered in 2012.
- Put a private plate onto a Q registered vehicle
- You cannot have a private plate starting with “Q” or “NIQ”
If you own the vehicle, it;s registered to you and you have the V5C then you can apply online.
You will need to wait for a V5C that’s in your name if you don’t have one.
Documents Needed To Register A Private Plate
To assign a private plate, you’ll need one of the following:
- V750 Certificate Of Entitlement
- V778 Retention Document
You will get one of these documents when you buy a private plate or take a private reg off a vehicle.
Once you have those documents, you need to apply to assign a private reg.
If your application is successful, it will go through instantly. If not, then you will be informed something has gone wrong.
You will then be sent a new V5C (vehicle log book) which usually takes between 4 – 6 weeks.
As soon as you have registered the new registration, you must put the new plates on the vehicle – so get those made up sooner rather than later.
You must also inform your insurance company of your new registration number to avoid any invalid insurance claims.
Keep in mind that it’s best practice to keep your old plates in case you want to revert back to them.
That’s pretty much all you need to know to buy, apply and register private plates.
Let us know your experiences or questions in the comments below.
Author: Dean Michael