How do I transfer a cherished number plate from vehicle to vehicle?

To apply to transfer a number plate you will first need to obtain the offical transfer application form called a V317 (Application to transfer a vehicle registration mark). You can download a V317 form from us for FREE here.

Once you have the V317 transfer form, you need to read through it very carefully to ensure that both vehicles are eligible and meet the criteria set by the DVLA.

To transfer a registration from one vehicle to another, 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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