Apply to keep a vehicle registration number and put it on another vehicle (form V317)

Application form to keep a vehicle registration number (personalised number plate) and put it on another vehicle. There are currently delays with paper applications, so please use our online services if you can.



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Paper applications sent to our office in Swansea will take longer to process. This is because we have a reduced number of staff in our building to comply with social distancing requirements and to ensure staff safety.

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Form and guidance on how to fill in form V317, application to keep a vehicle registration number and put (transfer) it on another vehicle. Or you can keep a registration number and put it on a certificate.

Online services

You can take a registration number off a vehicle online, and put a registration number on a vehicle online.

Use form V317 to transfer a vehicle registration number from one vehicle to another. The form includes guidance notes and information on where to send it.

You can transfer a vehicle registration:

  • from your vehicle to another one in your name
  • to a vehicle you’re buying
  • to someone else’s vehicle

Transfer a vehicle registration to someone else’s vehicle

If the number is being transferred to someone else’s vehicle, then both registered keepers need to complete the application.

Along with the form you’ll need to include:

Tax the vehicle at the same time

If either vehicle needs taxing, include:

Published 1 February 2012
Last updated 29 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Paper application info added in summary.

  2. updated information.

  3. Added coronavirus update message.

  4. Added translation

  5. Updated V317W form

  6. Updated PDF.

  7. Welsh PDF updated.

  8. Updated pdf.

  9. Updated pdf.

  10. PDF updated.

  11. Updated Welsh language pdf.

  12. Updated version of pdf.

  13. Welsh PDF updated.

  14. Welsh PDF updated.

  15. PDF updated.

  16. PDF updated

  17. PDF update

  18. PDF updated.

  19. Updated version

  20. Added translation

  21. Links added to our new online services.

  22. Update to the V317W.

  23. Updates to section B and C and new section E ( Conditions on taxing a vehicle) added in guidance notes.

  24. Amended document to include abolition of the tax disc changes.

  25. Update due to centralisation of Northern Ireland vehicle services

  26. Updates to the form due to LO office closures.

  27. Reverted back to previous PDF version as LO changes are not due to go live until end of June.

  28. Updates are due to LO closures and the personalised registration work centralised at Swansea.

  29. First published.