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How To Retain Registration Number Plates

Have a personalised number plate you want to keep? Not to worry! You can retain registration number plates before putting your car up for scrap.

In our helpful guide, we’ll break down the full process on how to remove a private plate from the vehicle you want to scrap.

How To Remove Private Plates Before Your Car’s Scrapped

Since each vehicle’s documents are checked before they’re scrapped in the UK, you can only remove personalised number plates from your vehicle before it’s booked in for collection.

Once you’ve removed your private plates, the vehicle’s original registration number is typically reassigned to it automatically.

There are two ways to retain private plates from the car you intend to scrap. You can either:

  • Apply to remove your plates online
  • Apply to remove your plates by post

There are slight differences in these two methods so please make sure that you follow the appropriate steps and have the correct documents to-hand.

Option 1: How To Retain Registration Number Plates Online

The fastest and easiest way to remove personalised number plates is by using DVLA’s online service.

During your online application you will need to have:

  • 11 digit reference number for your vehicle log book (V5C)
  • Debit or credit card for application payment fee of £80

To successfully retain registration number plates online, please follow these quick steps:

Supply the REG number you want to keep as well as the 11 digit reference number and the registered keeper’s postcode in your V5C.

You will be asked to name the grantee or nominee who will legally own the vehicle registration number you want to remove.

A grantee is a person or company who will be issued the retention document, otherwise known as the V778, and will have legal ownership of the private REG number once it’s removed.

A nominee is someone who will take ownership of the private REG number if you transfer it to their vehicle.

Check that the details you’ve provided are correct and submit your online application.

You should receive confirmation from DVLA stating that you’ve successfully completed this process.

You can expect to receive your V778 in the post within 2 weeks.

At this point, the vehicle which has had its personalised plates removed will be issued with a new registration number and a V5C to match.

Once you’ve received both your V778 and new V5C, you can scrap your car without having to worry about losing your private plates.

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Option 2: How To Retain Registration Number Plates By Post

Alternatively, you can apply to remove personalised number plates by post.

It’s important to note that this method is not as fast as the online process described above. Therefore, if you need to scrap your car urgently, then we advise that you use the online method to retain registration number plates.

During your postal application you will need to have:

  • 11 digit reference number for your vehicle log book (V5C)
  • Cheque, bankers draft or postal order for £80 made payable to DVLA Swansea

To remove your personalised number plates by post, please follow the steps listed below:

First and foremost, you will need to download and print the request form known as the V317. You can find this document on the official gov.uk website.

Following the guidance notes on your V317, please fill out “Option B” of this document with the correct information.

You can find details like your vehicle’s make and model, its registration number and its VIN/chassis number in your vehicle log book (V5C).

Similarly to the online process, you will be asked to name the grantee or nominee who will legally own the vehicle registration number you want to remove.

A grantee is a person or company who will be issued the retention document, which is more commonly known as the V778, and will have legal ownership of the private REG number once it’s removed.

A nominee is someone who will take ownership of the private REG number if you transfer it to their vehicle.

You can leave this section of the application blank. If you do this, then the V778 will be issued to the current registered keeper of the vehicle.

Check that you’ve filled out “Option B” of the V317 correctly before posting your application.

You must post your vehicle log book (V5C) and your cheque, bankers draft or postal order with your V317.

Please address your application and supporting documents to the following address:

DVLA Personalised Registrations, Swansea, SA99 1DS.

You can expect to receive your V778 in the post within 2 weeks.

By this stage, the vehicle which has had its personalised plates removed will be issued with a new registration number and a V5C to match.

Once you’ve received both your V778 and new V5C, you can scrap your car without having to worry about losing your private plates.

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Am I Eligible To Remove My Private Plates

DVLA are unsurprisingly strict when it comes to issuing vehicle registration numbers.

Before applying to remove personalised number plates, you must ensure that your vehicle:

  • Is registered with DVLA in the UK
  • Can move under its own power
  • Is a type that needs an MOT or a HGV test certificate
  • Is currently taxed or has a SORN in place
  • Is available for inspection
  • Has been taxed or had a SORN in place continuously for the past 5 years

DVLA will check your application carefully and will contact you if your vehicle needs to be inspected.

What To Do After Retaining Your Private Registration Number

Once you’ve retained your private plates and have been issued a new registration number for your vehicle you need to:

  • Put the new number plates on your vehicle before you drive it
  • Tell your insurance company about your new REG number
  • Update your REG number for any automatic payment accounts you have

For more information on who you need to inform about your new number plates, please visit the official gov.uk website.

You can also scrap your car once you’ve successfully removed your personal number plates!

As the UK’s largest award-winning network of vehicle recyclers, Scrap Local removes scrap cars without any hassle and offers genuine prices with no hidden fees. 

Submit a free enquiry to scrap your car near you!

Have A Question?

Yes! You can scrap your car and keep your private number plate.

However, you will need to complete either an online or postal application with DVLA to remove your personalised number plates.

For more information on how to retain registration number plates, please visit the official gov.uk website.

You can scrap a car without a number plate so long as you supply the auto agent who collects your vehicle with the vehicle log book (V5C).

After arriving at an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF), your vehicle’s documents will be checked to see whether the car on the weighbridge is the same as the one described in the paperwork.

You can find out more about what happens to scrap cars in our helpful guide.

If you don’t remove your private number plates, then they will be crushed along with your vehicle.

You won’t be able to recover your REG plates if you haven’t applied to have them removed before scrapping your car.

To retain your registration number plates without any hassle, please visit the official gov.uk website.

The V778 is a document issued by the DVLA when a personalised registration has been removed from a vehicle and placed on retention.

Your V778 proves that you still have the right to assign the private number for the next 10 years.

You must renew your right to use a private number plate before your V778 expires.

To receive a V778 for your personal number plates, please visit the gov.uk website.

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