You can use this service if your vehicle is:

This service is available from 7am to 7pm.

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You need a certificate number from either:

You also need:

  • the 11 digit reference number from the latest V5C registration certificate
  • a credit card or debit card to pay any outstanding renewal fees

If your vehicle already has a personalised registration number, you need to take it off before using this service or you could lose the rights to use it.

Conditions to put a registration number on a vehicle

You can’t:

  • put a registration number onto a ‘Q’ registered vehicle
  • make the vehicle look newer than it is

Send the following documents to DVLA:

You can add a nominee when assigning the registration number by completing section 2 of the V750 or V778.

Send the following with your application to tax your vehicle at the same time:

The address to send all your documents is on the V750 and V778.

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 new V5C registration certificate - this can take 4 to 6 weeks to arrive
  • your original MOT back (if you sent it to tax the vehicle)

Your application may take longer if DVLA needs to inspect your vehicle.

You need to tell your insurance company your new registration number.

More information

Contact DVLA for more information about assigning a personalised registration number.