How Do I Transfer A Cherished Number Plate From Vehicle To Vehicle?


The quickest and easiest way to transfer a registration from one vehicle to another, is now to use the DVLA's online services to take the registration off the vehicle you’re transferring it from, and then assign it to the vehicle you’re transferring it to.

As the DVLA's online services now allow you to do these things instantly, you will be saving yourself time, and the cost is exactly the same (£80.00 fee payable when you take a plate off in order to 'retain' it).

We do have guides on these two process as well, which we'll link here:

There is still the postal option, which allows you to move the registration via the completion of one form called a V317 (Application to transfer a vehicle registration mark), however, this needs to be sent by post and is therefore slower than using the online options above.

If you'd like to go ahead with the postal option, please download a V317 form from us for free here and read on...

Before you start, you will need to read through the form very carefully to ensure that both vehicles are eligible and meet the criteria set by the DVLA.

Assuming they do, then you will need to complete sections 1, 2 and 3 (leave section 4 blank) of the V317 form and then send it to the DVLA in Swansea along with the vehicle documentation listed below for all vehicles taking part in the cherished transfer.

Vehicle documentation required for the donor and the recipient vehicle:

  • The original Vehicle Registration Certificate coded as a V5C (If you have just acquired the vehicle, refer to the instructions on the V317 form for additional forms that the DVLA will require)

In addition to the above vehicle documentation, you will also need to enclose a cheque for the amount of £80.00 made payable to ‘Department Of Transport’ for the transfer.

How long does it take to transfer a personalised number plate?

The transfer of a cherished personalised number plate doesn’t usually take too long, if you are submitting the application yourself we usually advise allowing 14 days.

How do I get a new registration number for the donor vehicle?

When you transfer a personalised registration number to another vehicle, it goes without saying that you are going to need a replacement registration number for the donor vehicle.

When your application to transfer the personalised registration number has been approved by the DVLA, they will allocate a replacement registration mark that shows the original age of the vehicle, this is usually the original registration of the vehicle, however this is not guaranteed.

When the cherished registration transfer has been approved by the DVLA, you will be issued with replacement vehicle documents for both vehicles and then you should ensure that new number plates are fitted to reflect the current registration marks issued to each vehicle.

Further reading

If you need any clarification on the above guide, we recommend visiting the DVLA's official guide here.

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