30 years of Personalised Registrations for Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

What You Need To Know Before Buying

These are some of the questions you may have before you make your purchase. Click on the relevant question from the list below to view the answers.

  • I have an older vehicle, are there any restrictions to the type of registration I can choose?

    Depending on the age of your vehicle, there may be restrictions to what registrations would be suitable for use on your vehicle. This is very important to note before making your choice.

    Where the personalised registration number has an age identifier (i.e. current style, prefix and suffix numbers see What style of registration number do you offer for sale?), you can only put that number onto a vehicle of equal age or newer. For example, if you purchase a 62 current style registration, it can only go onto a vehicle that was first registered as new on or after 1st September 2012. Please see the table below which shows the original issue dates of registration numbers.

    current style registrations
    prefix registrations
    suffix registrations

  • What requirements does my vehicle have to meet?

    In order to have a personalised registration number assigned to your vehicle, the vehicle must be

  • What happens if I am buying as a gift or on behalf of someone else?

    We will ask you for your details so that we can record you as the Purchaser of the registration number. If the vehicle you want to put the number onto is not registered in your name, you can give a different name as the Nominee. If you are adding a Nominee to your purchase, make sure it matches the name of the registered keeper of the vehicle you want to put the number onto.

  • What if my vehicle is registered in Northern Ireland, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man?

    Registration numbers sold by the DVLA can be assigned to vehicles registered within mainland Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Vehicles registered in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man are not eligible.

  • Can I put a personalised registration on my Q registered vehicle?

    No. The DVLA did consider selling Q prefix registrations for use only on Q registered vehicles but due to the associated costs, it was decided not to proceed. A review of registration inspection procedures also indicated very strong support for retaining the existing policy on Q registrations, for consumer protection reasons.

  • Is the price shown on your website negotiable?

    The price shown is not negotiable. Online prices start at just £250, which includes VAT and DVLA fees. Some registrations are priced higher if they contain or resemble names, words, car makes or models, etc.

    Price reductions are occasionally introduced when we feel it is appropriate. We do not consider individual requests.

  • Is the price shown on your website all I have to pay?

    There are no additional charges on personalised registration numbers bought at a fixed price through this website. The price includes VAT and DVLA fees, so the price shown is the final price you pay.

    For registration numbers being offered for sale at a DVLA Auction, the bidding starts at a fixed reserve price that does not include the buyer's premium, VAT or DVLA fees. These additional fees will be added to the final 'hammer price'. Our auction catalogues include a detailed breakdown of the costs for you to know what the final price will be.

    The DVLA does not supply the actual plates to be attached to your vehicle. These can be purchased separately from motor part retailers who must be a registered number plate supplier; they will ensure the plates are made to the correct legal standard. More information about number plates can be found here:


  • What payment methods do you accept?

    For purchases made through this website, you can pay by Visa, MasterCard, Delta or Visa Electron.

    We do not accept deposits or take payment by instalments.

    For information about paying for a registration number purchased at a DVLA Auction visit www.dvlaauction.co.uk

  • How do I buy?

    If your choice is available to purchase online, simply click 'buy now' and follow the on-screen instructions. If you already have an online account with us, you'll need to log in with your user id and password to complete the purchase.

    If you don't yet have an account, click 'create account' and follow the on-screen instructions to set up your new account and complete your purchase.

    You can also create a new account by clicking 'my account' at the top right corner of the homepage, and click on 'create account'. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your new account.

    If you wish to bid for one of our DVLA Auction numbers, please see 'Can you tell me more about DVLA Auctions?'

  • Can you tell me more about DVLA Auctions?

    The DVLA holds several auctions each year, containing approximately 1500 registration numbers in each auction. There are two types of auction called 'Traditional' and 'Timed' auctions.

    The more widely sought after registrations are sold at Traditional auctions, which are held at specially selected venues throughout the UK. Click here to view this year's auction calendar.

    Timed auctions are held three or four times a year, and contain many registrations specifically requested by the public.

    You can search for previously sold auction registrations and view the hammer price by clicking 'Auction' at the top of the page and then clicking 'Auction sold search'.

  • How do I register to bid at a DVLA Auction?

    Visit www.dvlaauction.co.uk where you can download a copy of the next auction catalogue and register as a bidder. You can also find answers to the most frequently asked auction questions.


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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.


'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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