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How do I transfer a number plate to another car?

You can transfer a private number plate directly from one car to another. Most vehicles qualify for the DVLA cherished number transfer scheme. There are some exceptions though, like vehicles that don't have to comply with annual testing (such as tractors).

You will need to get the appropriate form and apply to the DVLA for the number plate transfer. There is also a DVLA fee. See how to transfer a personalised number plate for full details.

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What are the rules for legal number plates?

The DVLA are very strict on the display of number plates. That means you can't use fancy fonts, or change the size of the letters and numbers. And no background images, or the emblem from your favourite football team.

See legal number plate display for more details.

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Can I put any private registration plate on my car?

Yes, almost.

The one rule you must bear in mind is that you cannot put a private registration plate on a car if that makes it appear newer than it is. You can make it appear older... but not newer. Most registration numbers have a year identifier, which tells you which year it was issued. See car registration numbers issue dates for more detail.

Otherwise, it's pretty much anything goes.

A dateless number plate or Irish number plate can be transferred to any car, whatever its age. That's because these number plate types have no age identifier.

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I'm selling my car, but I want to keep my private plate. What do I do?

You can either transfer it to another car, or move it to a DVLA Certificate.

If you already have another car you would like to move your registration plate to, you can transfer the private number plate directly to it. If you don't have another car, you can apply to retain the personalised number plate until you are ready to assign it to another car. DVLA fees apply.

When you apply, the DVLA may ask to inspect the vehicle before approving the application. And you should allow up to 4 weeks for your application to be approved. If you sell the car and transfer ownership before your application to retain or transfer the private car registration plate is approved, you lose your rights to the registration number.

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Why did someone steal the number plates on my car?

It's not unusual to find that the number plates have been stolen from your car. This is not exclusive to private or cherished number plates.

Number plate theft is not as trivial as you might think. Most of us wouldn't bother to report it. Is it just vandals? Pranksters? Definitely not. Stolen number plates can be used to 'clone' a car. The cloned car may be parked illegally, driven through speed cameras, or even for petrol drive-offs. Leaving you with fines, or having to explain your innocence. What to do if your number plates are stolen.

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Why did someone steal the number plates on my car?

It's not unusual to find that the number plates have been stolen from your car. This is not exclusive to private or cherished number plates.

Number plate theft is not as trivial as you might think. Most of us wouldn't bother to report it. Is it just vandals? Pranksters? Definitely not. Stolen number plates can be used to 'clone' a car. The cloned car may be parked illegally, driven through speed cameras, or even for petrol drive-offs. Leaving you with fines, or having to explain your innocence. What to do if your number plates are stolen.