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How do I assign a number plate, from a certificate, onto a car?

First of all, we need to establish what sort of certificate the number plate is on. There are two different types of 'certificates' which personalised number plates are stored upon.

• V750 Certificate (a PINK coloured form called a 'Certifcate of Entitlement')
• V778 Certificate (a GREEN coloured form called a 'Retention Document')

Where do I start?

Whether your registration is stored upon a V750 or a V778, the procedure to get the registration mark assigned to the vehicle will go down a similar route.

The easiest and quickest way to assign a registration to a vehicle, is now to use the DVLA's new online service here.

This is really easy to follow and allows a registration to be put onto a vehicle instantly, so we're not going to cover how to use it in this guide. The rest of this guide will assume that you are applying by paper.

V750 Certificates

The V750 certificate will show the details of the 'purchaser' along with the 'nominee' details.

You will first of all need to check that the registered keeper named on the V5C or V5C/2 of the vehicle to receive the registration mark, matches exactly with either, the purchaser on the V750 or the nominee on the V750.

You also need to check that the expiry date on the V750 has not expired. This will be worded on the V750 as "this registration mark must be assigned to a vehicle before DD/MM/YYYY".

V778 Documents

The V778 retention document will show the details of the 'grantee' along with the 'nominee' details.

You will first of all need to check that the registered keeper named on the V5C of the vehicle to receive the registration mark, matches exactly with either, the grantee or the nominee on the V778.

You also need to check that the expiry date on the V778 has not passed. This will be worded on the V778 as "this registration mark must be assigned to a vehicle before DD/MM/YYYY"

Once you have checked the certificate details above you are ready to submit the application as follows:

You will need to find the section on either the V750 or V778 titled 'Assigning your registration mark to a vehicle'. Here you will need the signature of the purchaser if it is a V750, or the signature of the grantee if it is a V778.

In this section you will also be required to print the current registration mark of the vehicle that is going to receive the cherished number plate, along with the validation character which is to be found on either the V5C or V5C2 next to where the registration mark is printed.

Now that you have filled out the V750 or V778 you need to send it into the DVLA in Swansea, along with the receiving vehicle documentation listed below.

Vehicle documentation required:

• The original Vehicle Registration Certificate coded as a V5C (If you have just acquired the vehicle, you may submit the V5C/2 'new keepers supplement' along with a V62 application form)

What happens when the DVLA has completed the assignment?

DVLA will contact you to arrange an appointment if your vehicle needs to be inspected. Otherwise, your application will be approved in 2 weeks.
You’ll be sent:
• A new V5C registration certificate - this can take 4 to 6 weeks to arrive
• Your original MOT back (if you sent it to tax the vehicle)
 
Your application may take longer if DVLA needs to inspect your 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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