30 years of Personalised Registrations for Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Questions & Answers

Click on the relevant question from the list below to get more detailed help on finding your ideal personalised registration number.

  • What style of personalised registrations do you offer for sale?

    There are 4 different styles:

    Current style

    These have been issued to new vehicles since September 2001. Consisting of two letters, followed by two numbers that help identify the age of the vehicle, and three letters at the end. For example:
    faq-plate-newstyle

    The majority of current style registrations can be purchased at fixed prices through our website, although the more sought after are sold at DVLA Auctions.

    Prefix

    These were issued new vehicles between August 1983 and August 2001. Consisting of one letter that identified the vehicles age at the beginning, followed by one, two or three numbers, and three letters at the end. For example:
    faq-plate-prefix

    The majority of prefix style registrations can be purchased at fixed prices through our website, although the more sought after are sold at DVLA Auctions.

    Suffix

    These were issued to new vehicles between February 1963 and July 1983. Consisting of three letters, followed by one, two or three numbers, and a single letter at the end that identified the vehicles age. For example:
    faq-plate-suffix

    Suffix style registrations are only sold at DVLA Auctions.

    Dateless

    In mainland Great Britain, these were issued to new vehicles prior to February 1963.

    It can consist of up to four numbers followed by up to three letters, or vice versa. The maximum number of characters is six and they do not contain a vehicle age identifier.

    Examples include:

    faq-plate-dateless2 or faq-plate-dateless1 or faq-plate-dateless3 or faq-plate-dateless4 or faq-plate-dateless3

    Dateless style registrations are mainly sold at DVLA Auctions.

    A small selection of dateless registrations can be purchased at fixed prices through our website here https://dvlaregistrations.dvla.gov.uk/nifixed/.

  • How do I get new plates made?

    You will need to purchase the new plates from a registered number plate supplier, who will ensure the plates are made to the correct legal standard. More information about number plates can be found here: http://www.gov.uk/displaying-number-plates

  • I've bought a personalised registration, what do I do next?

    All information relating to the displaying, assigning and retaining a personalised registration can be found at https://www.gov.uk/personalised-vehicle-registration-numbers

  • I haven't received my Certificate of Entitlement (V750) or I have lost/destroyed it. Can I get a replacement?

    If you have not already applied to put the registration number onto a vehicle, and there is at least 5 days left before the expiry date, you can apply for a duplicate certificate online via 'My Account'. There is no fee for this. Please allow two weeks for delivery of the new certificate.

    You can also contact use to apply for a duplicate, you can find the details at dvlaregistrations.dvla.gov.uk/contactus.

  • I have a Certificate of Entitlement (V750), how can I check that it is the latest valid certificate?

    You can check this by at the below link. You will need the registration number and the certificate number to hand. Check the validity of a Certificate of Entitlement (V750)

  • Can I cancel my purchase?

    Please be aware that the following information only applies to fixed price registrations sold through this website. Our cancellation policy does not apply to DVLA Auction purchases.

    If you have not already applied to put the registration number onto a vehicle and wish to cancel your purchase, email cancellations@dvla.gov.uk within 10 working days after the date of purchase, and the reason for your request will be considered.

    Applications to cancel made after 10 working days will not be accepted, but you can still apply for a refund of the £80.00 assignment fee.

    In your email please include:

    • The registration number you purchased
    • Your full name and address, as it was given at the time of purchase. If it was a company purchase, please also provide your name and position in that company
    • A declaration that you will destroy the Certificate of Entitlement (V750) once we have confirmed that your purchase has been cancelled (or if you have not yet received the certificate, you will destroy it upon receipt).

    We aim to reply to you within three working days of your request, and if approved, a refund will be made to the payment card used at the time of purchase. We reserve the right to charge a cancellation administration fee in the event of excessive or irregular cancellation requests.

  • I do not know my log in details, how can I log in?

    If you have forgotten your password, From the log in page, click 'I've forgotten my password'. Enter your user id and email address, and we will send you a new password to the email address linked to your account. Please note that your password is case sensitive.

    If you do not know your user ID, or no longer have access to the email address that is linked to your account, please contact us so we can verify your details dvlaregistrations.dvla.gov.uk/contactus

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Plate Styles

'Current' style plates are the registrations currently used for new registrations and are made up of the form; 2 letters, 2 numbers and then 3 letters.

AA68 ABC


'Prefix' style plates are the registrations that were used prior to 2001 and consist of; 1 letter, 1-3 numbers and then 3 letters.

A123 ABC


'Suffix' style plates are the registrations that were used prior to 1983 and consist of; 3 letters, 1-3 numbers and then 1 letter.

ABC 123A


'Dateless' style fixed price plates are registrations that can be assigned to any age vehicle and consist of; 3 letters and 3 numbers.

AEZ 121

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