One of the most common myths surrounding scrapping is that you aren’t allowed to transfer number plates between the old car and the next one you drive. Fortunately, that isn’t the case thanks to the DVLA, which allows the transfer of a personalised registration mark from one vehicle to another.
So, how do you make it happen?
Firstly, you’re going to need a valid DVLA certificate that grants you the right to the registration mark. There are two different forms which can serve this purpose:
- V750 (Certificate of entitlement)
- V778 (Retention certificate)
You can get these forms yourself, but many people prefer to let a third-party handle everything for a small fee.
Once you have either a V750 or V778 certificate you can apply to the DVLA to assign the number plate to a vehicle. However, keep in mind this only works as long as the vehicle in question is either licensed (or due to be licensed) and registered in the UK.
You’ll apply to assign registration marks online using your relevant certificate and V5C (receiving vehicle) document reference numbers. Just head to https://www.gov.uk/put-registration-number-vehicle. You can also apply via post by sending the DVLA your completed and signed V750 or V778 and either the Registration Certificate (V5C) or new keeper supplement with a completed V62.
We’re afraid to say you’ll also need to include a cheque or postal order for £80. A little annoying, but still a relatively small price to pay. The process doesn’t take too long, but it certainly isn’t instantaneous. Most transfers should take a few days, but you’re recommended to allow up to 14 days, so don’t leave this to the last minute if you haven’t yet made a start – remember, the process must be completed before you attach the old plates to your new car.