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Private car registration plate - can I sell?

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Here's a guide to the DVLA rules for selling private registration plates:

Private car registration plate is on a vehicle, check ...

Is the car registered in your name?

Only the registered keeper named on the V5 logbook can sell the private registration plate. If you are not the registered keeper, you will need to obtain permission from the owner.

Is the private registration plate transferable?

There are some circumstances where the car registration number is not transferable. If the vehicle the registration plate is on is not subject to mot and tax rules, then you can't sell it. Or if the car has been allocated a replacement registration number previously, it may be marked as 'non transferable'. Check the V5/V5C logbook.

Is the car MOT up to date?

If your vehicle should have an MOT but it has expired, you may still be able to sell the car registration plate if it expired less than 12 months ago.
Note: If the vehicle is not subject to the usual MOT / tax rules (like a tractor and milk floats), you cannot sell the registration plate. Check with the DVLA.

Is the car tax up to date?

If the tax has expired, you may still be able to sell the private registration plate. Provided there's been no break between the tax expiring, and declaration of SORN. Check with the DVLA.

 

Private car registration plate is on a V778 Retention Document or V750 Certificate of Entitlement, check....

Is the Retention Document /Certificate of Entitlement in date?


Check the V778 Retention Document hasn't expired. The retention document can be renewed for up to 3 years. The expiry date and full instructions on how to renew are printed on the Certificate. You will not be able to sell the private registration plate if the certificate has expired.

Is the Retention Dcoument /Certificate of Entitlement in your name?

Only the person named as 'Grantee' or 'Purchaser' can sell the private car registration plate. The person named as 'nominee' does not have the rights to sell the registration mark.