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
Assign the number to a vehicle you already own
You can assign a private number online or by post.
The vehicle must be:
- registered with the DVLA in the UK
- available for inspection
- of a type that needs an MOT or heavy goods vehicle (HGV) test certificate
You can’t assign a number starting with ‘Q’ or ‘NIQ’.
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).