Can I transfer my private plate straight to another car?

Yes, it is possible to transfer a private plate directly to another vehicle. This can be done through the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) or through third-party agents.

To transfer it via the DVLA, you can assign the registration number online, or by post. You only need to ensure that both cars are registered with the DVLA, have current MOT and tax. In addition, some restrictions may be applicable regarding the age of the cars, you can see more for age restrictions for private plates

For third-party agents, the process of transferring a private plate from one car to another is often an easy task because they offer bespoke services that guide you through the entire transfer process. Moreover, they typically offer more choice than the DVLA when it comes to selecting new private plates.

Can I transfer my number plate online?

The DVLA provides online services that allow you to transfer your private number plates from one car to another. You can do this by entering the details from your Retention Certificate/Certificate Of Entitlement online, or you can use a DVLA approved agent to complete this transfer process for you. Please note however when doing this you do need to make sure the following to ensure a successful transfer to a vehicle:

  • The Nominee Name on the certificate must match the name on the logbook of a vehicle
  • The registration certificate must be in date and not expired
  • The issue date of the private registration number must not be prior to the first registration date of the vehicle
  • The vehicle must have a valid MOT (excluding classic cars pre 1960)
  • The vehicle must be taxed

If you need assistance with your transfer to a vehicle, third party agents such as Click4Reg can assist with transfers, simply choose the "Transfer Service" option when completing your purchase and we will handle all of the paperwork for your transfer to vehicle.

How quick can you transfer a private number plate?

Transferring a private plate via the DVLA online system is typically completed quickly and instantly, provided all the above requirements are met.

However, it may take up to 5 working days for all changes to show up in the system. It's important to note that you should not proceed with selling or giving away a vehicle until the update has been confirmed by DVLA.

In some cases where registrations or certificates are being transferred to other parties or on to vehicles that may require further checks such as "Volunatry MOT's" or mis-placed logbooks transfers can take 2-6 weeks to complete.

If you opt to use a third-party agency, the timescale may vary depending on their particular procedures. If all your documents are in order, it could be just a few days, however as stated in some circumstances it can take up to 6 weeks.

How much does it cost to transfer a private plate onto a car?

If you're transferring your private number plate to another vehicle via the DVLA, there's usually a fee of £80. This mandatory fee is charged whether the transfer is being done online or by post.

With third-party agencies, fees vary widely depending on their rates and whether they offer different levels of service. Be sure to ask about all costs upfront before commencing any transaction with a third-party provider.