Number plate retention - how to guide
Can I place my personalised car number plate on retention?
- You must be the registered keeper of the vehicle, named on the V5 log book
- Your number plate must be transferable.Check the V5/V5C log book. Look for the words non transferable.
- Tax disc on the vehicle should be current.You may be able to retain the personalised car number plate if the tax disc exprired less than 12 months ago, and you declared a SORN with no time gap.
- Your vehicle should have a current MOT (if applicable).You may still be able to retain the car number plate, if the MOT expired less than 12 months ago.
- Your vehicle should be 'testable'.Some vehicles, for instance tractors, electric cars, and milk floats, don't qualify under the DVLA's number plate scheme.
- Q and NIQ number plates can not be retained
Retaining a personalised car number plate
- Complete DVLA form V317 Application to Transfer or Retain a Vehicle Registration Number.You can get this from your local DVLA Office, or download it here: number plate retention form
Take the completed form (or send it by post) to your local DVLA office with the following documents:
- V5/V5C Vehicle Registration Certificate for the vehicle - original document
- MOT certificate for the vehicle (if applicable) - original document
- Tax disc details - serial number and expiry date.We suggest you take a photocopy of the tax disc to avoid error.
- You may be asked to produce your vehicle at the DVLA office before the personalised number plate retention is approved.
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