You can apply to use a private (personalised) registration number if your vehicle:

  • can move under its own power
  • is registered with DVLA
  • has an up-to-date log book (V5C) with the name and address of the current registered keeper
  • has been taxed for the last 5 years without any gaps (or a SORN has been in place for that time)

You might need to take your vehicle to DVLA for an inspection. You’ll be told if you need to do this.

You must put your private number on your vehicle straight away if you apply online.

You can keep hold of the original registration number - it will be reassigned to the vehicle when you take off the private number.

This service is available from 7am to 7pm.

This service is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

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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.

If your vehicle already has a private 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 cannot:

  • put a private 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.