Private (personalised) number plates

3. Assign a private number to a vehicle

To assign a private (personalised) number to a vehicle, you need either a:

  • V778 retention document
  • V750 certificate of entitlement
  • online reference number

You get one of these when you either buy a number or take a number from another vehicle you own.

Assign the number to a vehicle you already own

You can assign a private number online or by post.

You can’t assign a number starting with ‘Q’ or ‘NIQ’.

The vehicle must:

  • be registered with DVLA in the UK
  • be available for inspection
  • be able to move under its own power
  • be of a type that needs an MOT or heavy goods vehicle (HGV) test certificate
  • either have been taxed (or have had a SORN in place) continously for the last 5 years.

Your vehicle will need to be taxed if it’s had a SORN for longer than 5 years. It might also need to be inspected.

It doesn’t cost anything to do this.

DVLA will send you a new log book (V5C) in the post.

You must put new number plates on the vehicle before you drive it.

Assign a private number to a brand new vehicle

You can ask your car dealer to assign a private number to a vehicle you’re buying. Give the dealer your V750 or V778 document.

Your dealer can also transfer your private number from a vehicle you own to a vehicle you’re buying.

Both vehicles must be of a type that needs an MOT or heavy goods vehicle (HGV) test certificate.

If you’re transferring the number from a vehicle you own, DVLA will send you the new log book (V5C) for that vehicle with a new registration number.

You must not sell or get rid of a vehicle until you get the new log book (V5C).