Taken number plate

You might have the perfect number plate combination at the back of your mind or maybe you are just a neutral buyer that needs a number plate for his new vehicle. Whichever the reason is, you will do well to check if it has been taken by another person. There are many ways you can find out as listed below.

Search with an online platform

Many specialist websites offer this service, one such website is National Numbers. It is as easy as simply entering the license plate number into the search box and wait for a response. The plate and price of the license plate will pop up if it is available and if otherwise, you will be informed as to the closest matches to the one you searched for will be displayed with their prices.

One of the best ways to get information related to number plates being taken is to browse the DVLA website. The website has been designed to give information like tax and MOT, the date of first registration, and many more. Also, you will be quickly informed if the number plate has been taken or not. A quick search on DVLA will give you information about every vehicle it relates to. If it has not been taken, you will get a message like “Vehicle details could not be found.” It can have two meanings; the first is that the number plate is available and can be purchased, or the combination cannot be issued. 

Private number plate search

As regards private number check, you might find what you are looking for or a close match that needs to be snapped up immediately before another person purchases it. And if there are no results found, you might be alerted as to any future updates. You can register your interest in getting a particular registration number by filling out a simple form that has details like your name, phone number and email address. The combination you searched for will already be present on the form.

If you are the type that loves the uniqueness, then you need to choose combinations that are less likely to be searched for by others. A less common combination that might probably be related to your initials instead of your surname will be search-optimized. When found, these number plates are quite an affordable option. Also, you can dive into plate number combinations that are related to your career, hobbies or interests. This gives you the edge over the other as there might have been someone somewhere making the same combinations. Combinations are endless and so is the list.

How to transfer number plates

Transferring number plates onto a new vehicle can be done online or via post.

Transferring number plates onto a new vehicle online

All you need to do is to assign a number online and fill in the registration number and other important details. Also, tick the ‘yes’ box on the form to show that you are the grantee/purchaser. Other important details on the form include the details of your new vehicle, 11 digits V5C document reference number, and postcode.

Furthermore, enter the certificate reference number that was given to you while registering to remove the number plate from your previous vehicle. Within the space of three to five days, the DVLA will send you a new registration document (V5C).

Transferring number plates onto a new vehicle via post

To transfer your personalised registration using the postal DVLA form (you can download it from the website), you will need documents like the vehicle registration certificate V5C (that’s the logbook) for your old vehicle and your new vehicle if available, a cheque, banker’s draft or postal order made payable to DVLA Swansea to pay a fee of £80.

On the form, tick the green ‘Option A’ box to show that you’d like to transfer the plate to another vehicle. Afterwards, fill out Sections 1 to 5 below with the details of your old and new vehicle. Accompanied with the £80 fee, post the form and the registration documents (V5C) for both vehicles to DVLA.

However, if you do not have a vehicle to receive the transfer of number plates, tick the grey ‘Option B’ box to show that you’d like to keep the plate on a retention certificate, then fill out Sections 1 to 4 under and post the form with the £80 fee and the registration document (V5C) for your old car to DVLA.