Trade licence plates can save you time and money if you’re in the motor industry - you won’t have to register and tax every vehicle temporarily in your possession.
You need to apply to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) for a trade licence to be able to use trade plates.
Who is eligible
You can apply for a trade licence if you’re either a motor trader or a vehicle tester.
- dealers, manufacturers and repairers of vehicles (including those involved in collection and delivery)
- manufacturers of trailers
- valets and accessory fitters
You’re eligible if you test other people’s vehicles on public roads.
How to apply
Trade licences last for 6 or 12 months and expire on 30 June or 31 December. First-time applicants can get 7 to 11 month licences.
Download and complete the form you need:
- VTL301 to apply for your first trade licence
- VTL318 to renew your trade licence
- VTL308 to surrender your trade licence (refund of duty)
- VTL310 to apply for a duplicate or replacement trade licence (or plates)
You’ll also need to provide one of the following if you’re renewing your licence or applying for your first one:
- your Companies House registration number
- a copy of a public liability insurance certificate in your name
- a copy of a motor trade insurance certificate in your name
DVLA can’t return copies of your documents.
Read the guidance notes for applying for a trade licence for more information about eligibility and when trade plates can be used.
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