Things To Know Before Getting A DVLA Number Plate

Before you register yourself to get a DVLA number plate, there are a few important things you need to know. In this guide, we have tried to cover everything important that you should know about buying and selling DVLA number plates.

Types Of DVLA Number Plates

If you visit the DVLA website, you will find different types of number plates. Before you register yourself, you should have an idea about existing types of number plates and their features.

  1. Suffix number plates

Suffix registrations feature a date code. The last letter in the character combination is referred to as the suffix.

  1. Current style number plates

Current style number plates from DVLA come with a two-digit number code, which indicates the year.

  1. Prefix number plates

Prefix number plates are just opposite to suffix number plates. The term prefix refers to the first letter in the number combination.

  1. Dateless number plates

Most types of number plates from DVLA come with a date code. But they also offer registration without a date. Dateless number plates are popular among buyers who want to hide the age of their car.

  1. Irish number plates

The number plates in Northern Ireland are different from the number plates available in the rest of the United Kingdom. Irish number plates lack the year code or numbers that are found in an English number plate. The good thing about Irish number plates is that they can be transferred to cars in Great Britain.

Change DVLA Number Plate

To change your DVLA number plate, you need to first sign up for a private number. You can either make the application by post or online. This is only if your vehicle is already registered under your name or someone else.

In case, you have bought the vehicle recently, you will have to wait for DVLA to send you a new V5C. After that, you can apply by post or online.

DVLA Number Plate For A New Vehicle

You can transfer your old number plate to your new vehicle. For this, you need to provide the V778 retention document to your car dealer.

It’s usually the dealer who deals with DVLA on your behalf.

The process to get a DVLA number plate is straightforward. You will make an application based on the type of number plate you want. After the formalities are done, you will get your number plate.