FAQs for Buyers

How do I buy a private number plate?

Buying a private number plate from NetPlates is very straight forward. Simply enter your initials, name, surname or even your favourite car into the search box and we will display all matching registrations.

The easiest way is to buy online via our website. If you have any questions before ordering, please email us on admin@netplates.co.uk

or call us on 0121 777 6555 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

What is the total cost?

The all-inclusive price of VAT(If any), the compulsory £80 DVLA assignment fee meaning there are no hidden charges other than the optional £30 set of plastic plates.

What happens next?

Once you have purchased your chosen registration number we can send you the registration on a certificate or we can handle the entire transfer process onto your vehicle free of charge.

What happens if I do not wish to assign the registration number straight away?

We are able to provide the registration number on a V778/ V750 Retention Certificate which is valid for up to 10 years. If you do not assign the registration to a vehicle within the 10 years, you can renew the certificate free of charge through the DVLA.

What if my vehicle documents are at the DVLA when I make a purchase?

We are happy to hold onto the V778/ V750 Retention Certificate until you receive your Logbook (V5C) back from the DVLA. We can then assign your new registration to your vehicle. Alternatively, we can send you the V778/V750 Retention Certificate for you to assign the registration yourself if that is more convenient for you.

Is it good to invest in personalised registrations?

We are unable to provide any advice or information regarding investing in personalised registrations. The value of a registration is based on many things and therefore it is difficult to predict the future value as it can go up or down depending on popularity as well as the state of the economy.

Are all advertised registrations actually available?

Advertised registrations are a combination of stock from the DVLA, other number plate dealers, private sellers, and our own stock.

We endeavor to update our available registrations regularly however, sometimes a registration is sold, and we are not informed by the seller that we have on file until we contact them when we have an enquiry.

If you were to purchase a registration and it was no longer available, we will issue a full refund or try to find you an alternative registration. 

Why does the age of my vehicle matter?

Most registrations have an age identifier which correlates to when the registration was released. The DVLA rules are that a registration cannot be put on a vehicle if it makes the vehicle look younger than it actually is. Older registrations are allowed to be transferred onto newer vehicles.

Some registrations have no age identifiers at all and are known as dateless registrations. These registrations can be transferred onto any vehicle.

When can I put my new registration plates on my vehicle?

You will be informed by either Net Plates Ltd or DVLA Swansea. You will receive an EV948 document via email and a confirmation email from us, if the transfer has been completed online, and/or a new Log Book V5C in the post, if a postal application was submitted. Either one of these, confirms that the transfer has been completed and you can put the physical plates for your new registration on your vehicle once you receive either of the previously stated. The EV948 will allow you to get the physical plates made if you have not purchased the plates from us.

What happens to my registration when I sell my vehicle?

You must retain the registration through the DVLA for a fee of £80 (correct as of January 2023, please see the DVLA website for the most up to date details). Retaining the registration can be undertaken online or via post. Once the registration is retained, a new Log Book (V5C) will be issued for the vehicle, and you will receive a V778/V750 Retention Document which you can then use to assign your registration to your new vehicle.

If you do not retain the registration before selling the vehicle, when you sell the vehicle, the registration will belong to the new owner.

What happens to the existing registration number on my vehicle?

When you assign a new registration to a vehicle, the previous registration is held by the DVLA for future use on that vehicle should you ever need to revert to the original number. However, you may want to keep your previous number if it is personal. To retain your previous number, you must apply to the DVLA using the V317 Application to transfer or retain the vehicle registration number along with the appropriate fee and the V5C documentation. This can also be completed online.

I've brought a private registration, what do I own?

Technically, you cannot own the registration. Like your passport or driver's license, you don't own it, but you have the right to use it. Registration ownership is with the Government (Secretary of Transportation). You are entitled to associate the registration with your vehicle or retain it for future use. Once you assign a registration to a vehicle, you can keep it on that vehicle for as long as you like and transfer it to subsequent vehicles as many times as you like.

Can Net Plates transfer registrations between cars for me?

Yes, we are happy to retain or assign a registration on your behalf free of charge. There is a DVLA fee of £80, (correct as of January 2023, please see the DVLA website for the most up-to-date details), which you will have to pay however we would not charge for this service. We can send all the documents to the DVLA on your behalf.

All that we require are the relevant documents to ensure that we can complete the transfer seamlessly.

What if I want my registration supplied on a retention certificate?

We can supply a registration on a V778/V750 Retention Certificate however this may take longer as we will have to send the document off to the DVLA to get a new Retention Certificate.

Do I need a vehicle to buy a registration?

No, in most instances you do not need a vehicle to purchase a number plate as they can be held on a V778/ V750 Retention Certificate. Retention Certificates are valid for 10 years and can be renewed free of charge if you do not assign the registration to a vehicle within the 10 years.

The private registration I want is not listed, can you source it for me?

The DVLA hold all records of registrations and the keepers associated with each registration. The Data Protection Act means that that these details cannot be released. Should you have any queries or concerns, you can contact the DVLA on 0300 790 6802 or you can call us on 0121 777 6555.

What if the registration I ordered cannot be supplied?

We always aim to ensure a registration is available before we take an order however in the event that a registration cannot be supplied, such as if there is an issue with a third-party supplier or in the unlikely event that a transfer cannot be processed by the DVLA, we will process a full refund

We will issue a full refund only. No damages, interest or other expenses will be offered. Once the DVLA Swansea have issued the new V5C, the transfer will be confirmed as completed. Net Plates Ltd liability is limited to the initial transfer only.

Can I buy a private registration in someone else's name?

Yes, you can purchase a registration for someone else and their name can be added to the V778/V750 Retention Certificate, as a nominee if you wish. All that we ask is that the name you provide matches the registered name for the vehicle the registration will be assigned to.

Can I buy a registration number and pay the transfer fee later?

No, at the time of purchasing the registration, the £80 transfer fee, (correct as of January 2023, please see the DVLA website for the most up to date details), must also be paid as this is a prepayment fee that has already been paid to the DVLA.

What happens if I no longer want the registration before it has been transferred?

As soon as payment is made, our purchasing process begins, and we are unable to stop this. Therefore, once you have purchased the registration, we cannot process any refunds if you change your mind or try to cancel your order.

If you do decide you no longer want the registration, we can advertise on your behalf to try and find you a buyer and sell your registration.

How long does the process of transferring a registration take?

The transfer can take 7-10 working days as we have to wait to receive both the buyer and sellers’ paperwork. This time frame is subject to the transfer being done online. If we must send paperwork off to the DVLA to complete the transfer, it can take up to 21 working days. We endeavour to complete transfers as soon as possible and we will keep you informed throughout the whole process. 

What if the transfer is being processed and I need to renew my tax?

It is best that the vehicle is taxed before sending any documents to us if the tax is due to expire. For a transfer to take place, the receiving vehicle must have a valid MOT and Tax.

Is it possible to buy a registration for a 'Q' marked vehicle?

No, ‘Q’ registered vehicles cannot have a new registration assigned to them.

Are acrylic plates included in the price?

No, the prices advertised are for the registration only. We can provide the following physical plates at an extra cost:

Standard Plates

3D Gel Plates

4D Plates


Fixing Kit (screws or sticky pads)

Prices start from £25.00

Can I assign a registration from mainland Uk to my vehicle registered in Nothern Ireland?

As the DVLA are now the overall governing body in regards to vehicle registrations in the UK including Northern Ireland, it is now possible to assign a UK mainland registration to a car in Northern Ireland.

Can I assign a reg from the Isle of Man to my vehicle registered in Mainland UK or Northern Ireland?

Registrations containing the word ‘MAN’ can only be put on vehicles in the Isle of Man and not on vehicles registered in the UK or Northern Ireland. 

Is it possible to assign a registration from the Isle of Man to my vehicle registered in Mainland UK or Northern Ireland?

Registrations containing the word ‘MAN’ can only be put on vehicles in the Isle of Man and not on vehicles registered in the UK or Northern Ireland.