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How to transfer a private number and what is required

Transferring a car registration is a straight forward procedure, there might be a few steps that look puzzling but it is not complicated. Most people prefer to take the weight off their shoulders and our fully managed transfer service provides all the necessary works to be carried out stress free, with no complications, with no need to deal with the DVLA, with all legal requirements met and handled as quickly as possible. If you feel self-assured to complete this process without any of help, please read the following for further guidance.

How to transfer from a Retention Document or Certificate of Entitlement to a vehicle

The vehicle must:

  • be registered with the DVLA
  • be able to move under its own power
  • be available for inspection
  • be of a type that needs a MOT or heavy goods vehicle (HGV) test certificate
  • have been taxed or had a SORN in place continuously for the past 5 years
  • be taxed currently (or have a SORN in place - if it’s had a SORN for more than 5 years, it must be taxed)

DVLA will contact you if your vehicle needs an inspection.

In order to transfer from a Retention Document or Certificate of Entitlement to a vehicle, what you’ll need:

  • A V778 Retention Document
  • A V750 Certificate of Entitlement

Please make sure you read and understand the V778/V750 application forms before completing the required sections.

Once completed successfully, all documents should be sent to:

DVLA, Personalised Registrations, Swansea, SA99 1DS or alternatively you can complete the transfer application online.

How To transfer a vehicle registration from one vehicle to another

The vehicles must:

  • be registered with the DVLA
  • be able to move under its own power
  • be available for inspection
  • be of a type that needs a MOT or heavy goods vehicle (HGV) test certificate
  • have been taxed or had a SORN in place continuously for the past 5 years
  • be taxed currently (or have a SORN in place - if it’s had a SORN for more than 5 years, it must be taxed)

DVLA will contact you if your vehicle needs an inspection.

In order to keep a vehicle registration number and put it on another vehicle, what you’ll need:

  • A V317 Application Form
  • A £80 DVLA Transfer Fee

Please make sure you read and understand the V317 application form before completing the required sections.

Once completed successfully, all documents and payments listed above should be sent to:

DVLA, Personalised Registrations, Swansea, SA99 1DS or alternatively you can complete the transfer application online.

How to transfer from a vehicle to a Retention Document

If for some reason you decide take a private registration off a vehicle and then decide to keep the number to be used at a later date, the vehicle that the private registration is being removed from must be taxed or declared SORN.

In order to transfer from a vehicle to a Retention Document, what you’ll need and must send:

  • A V317 Application Form
  • Your V5C Registration Certificate (also known as the logbook)
  • The Retention Fee

Please make sure you read and understand the V317 application form before completing the required sections. Once completed successfully, all documents and payments listed above should be sent to: DVLA, Personalised Registrations, Swansea, SA99 1DS.

You will soon receive your new updated V5C, your retention document (V778) and your vehicle will be reassigned the original registration number and that will be shown on your new V5C.


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