If the person with the right to use the private number dies

If someone has died and left you a personalised number in their will, or you’re in charge of the will (the ‘executor’), you can:

  • keep the private number
  • transfer it to another vehicle
  • put it in someone else’s name
  • give up the right to use the number (you can apply for a refund)

To do this, you’ll need to send a form to DVLA, along with documents that prove you have the right to use the number.

Prove you’ve got the right to use the number

You must send DVLA the death certificate when you send in your form. The death certificate can be an original or a certified copy.

You must also send at least one of the following:

  • a certified copy of probate
  • a copy of the will
  • a letter from the solicitor confirming who the executor or next of kin is

Keep or transfer the number, or give it to someone else

Which form you send depends on whether the number is already on (‘assigned to’) a vehicle.

If the number is already assigned to a vehicle

Fill in:

  • the V317 form (if you have an old blue form, fill in section 2)
  • section 2 if you have a new style log book (with multi-coloured numbered blocks on the front cover) or section 6 if you have the older style log book

Make sure you include the details of the person you want to transfer the number to, for example the executor or next of kin.

It costs £80.

DVLA Personalised Registrations
Swansea
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If the number has not been assigned to a vehicle

Send the documents that prove you’ve got the right to use the number and either the:

  • V778 retention document
  • V750 certificate of entitlement form

The executor must sign the V778 or V750 before you send it.

You must also send a covering letter from the executor saying if you want to:

  • keep the number
  • give the number to someone else

DVLA Personalised Registrations
Swansea
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If you do not have the V778 or V750

Send DVLA:

  • the documents that prove you have the right to use the number
  • a covering letter signed by the executor confirming that you do not have the forms, and explaining what you want to do with the number

Give up your right to use the private number

You might be able to get a refund of the £80 assignment fee if:

  • a private number was not assigned to a vehicle after the fee was paid
  • you have the latest V778 or V750 document - if you’ve lost it and it’s still valid you can get a replacement from DVLA

Check the V778 or V750 document to find out if a fee was paid.

If the document was issued before 9 March 2015, you can only get a refund once it expires. You cannot get a replacement document if it’s expired.

Send DVLA:

  • the V778 or V750 document - tick the ‘Refund of the assignment fee’ section and get the executor to sign it
  • the documents that prove you have the right to use the number

DVLA Personalised Registrations
Swansea
SA99 1DS

If you do not have the V778 or V750

Send DVLA:

  • the documents that prove you have the right to use the number
  • a covering letter signed by the executor confirming that you do not have the forms, and explaining what you want to do with the number
  1. Step 1 Buy a private number

  2. Step 2 Assign your private number to a vehicle

  3. or Keep your private number

    You do not have to assign your number to a vehicle.

    You must renew your right to use the number every 10 years.

    1. Check how to renew your number
  4. Step 3 Get a new number plate made

    If you assign your private number to a vehicle you must get a number plate made up from a registered supplier.

    1. Check the rules for number plates
    2. Check what documents you need to get a number plate made
    3. Find your nearest number plate supplier