You can apply to take a registration number off a vehicle to:
- transfer it to another vehicle
- hold on to it until you want to use it again in the future
The registration number will be retained in the name of the registered keeper.
It costs £80 for 10 years. You can renew for another 10 years.
This service is available Monday to Saturday, 8am to 6pm.
- the 11 digit document reference number from the latest V5C vehicle registration certificate (logbook)
- a valid credit or debit card
Your vehicle must be:
- registered with DVLA
- taxed or have a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) in place within the last 5 years
- available for inspection
Conditions for retaining a registration number
You can’t retain a registration number starting with ‘Q’
Send the following documents to the DVLA:
- a V317 ‘transfer or retain a vehicle registration number’ form
- the registration certificate (V5C) for the vehicle or the new keeper’s supplement with a V62 ‘application for a vehicle registration certificate V5C’ form
- the £80 transfer fee
If you need to tax your vehicle at the same time, send:
The address to send all your documents is on the V317.
What happens next
DVLA will contact you to arrange an appointment if your vehicle needs to be inspected. Otherwise, your application will be approved in 2 weeks.
You’ll be sent:
- a V778 retention document showing you as the ‘grantee’
- a registration certificate showing the replacement registration number
These should arrive within 4 weeks of getting the confirmation letter. It can take up to 6 weeks if you use a V62 application to support your application.
If you retain the registration number in someone else’s name, the retention document will be sent to them, as they are recorded as the grantee.
Contact DVLA for more information about taking a personalised registration number off a vehicle.