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.

This service is available from 7am to 7pm.

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You’ll need:

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

‘Q’ registration numbers

You can’t retain a registration number starting with ‘Q’

Send the following documents to the DVLA:

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.

More information

Contact DVLA for more information about taking a personalised registration number off a vehicle.