Number plates are vehicle registration numbers assigned to vehicles. The DVLA number plate needs to be displayed correctly – you cannot alter the numbers and letters making them difficult to read. You can be fined up to £1,000 and your vehicle will fail the MOT test if it displays the number plate incorrectly. The DVLA number plate follows a specific format. There are 2 letters that indicate the office where the number was issued. This is followed by 2 numbers referring to the date when it was issued and ends with 3 random letters.
There are theft-resistant plates available to make sure that your DVLA number plate is hard to steal and reuse. For information about this, you may contact your local license plate dealer. You can also find the nearest license plate supplier through: https://www.gov.uk/number-plate-supplier by inputting your post code. The dealer will require documents upon the request of a number plate. These include an original copy of a proof of identity and your vehicle registration certificate.
There are several rules for DVLA number plates that you have to make sure our supplier is compliant of. First, the material of your number plate must be reflectorized Second, the front plate must display black letters on a white background. Third, the rear plate must have black characters on a yellow background. It is vital to note here that all backgrounds must be free of patterns. Lastly, DVLA allows for characters to be embossed or 3D.
For motorcycles, plates must be displayed at the back of the vehicle. The characters should be displayed in two lines.
Trailers must display the same number plate as the vehicle towing it. When there are multiple trailers, the license plate must be fixed at the rear of the last trailer.
There is a specified height, size and spacing on DVLA number plates. Other DVLA number plate specifications are available in: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vehicle-registration-numbers-and-number-plates.
You are allowed to display flags, symbols and identifiers on your DVLA number plate. The following flags are allowed to be placed on the left-hand side of the number plate:
- Union Flag
- Cross of St George
- Cross of St Andrew – also known as the Saltire
- Red Dragon of Wales
The following national identifiers are allowed to be placed below the flag:
- GREAT BRITAIN, Great Britain or GB
- UNITED KINGDOM, United Kingdom or UK
- CYMRU, Cymru, CYM or Cym
- ENGLAND, England, ENG, Eng
- SCOTLAND, Scotland, SCO or Sco
- WALES or Wales
When travelling within the European Union, your DVLA number plate must display a Great Britain or GB national identifier and a Euro symbol. The Euro symbol must be a at least 98mm in height, 40-50 mm wide, have a reflective blue background with 12 reflective starts yellow stars at the top and display Great Britain in reflecting white or yellow.
Personalized DVLA number plate
Other than a standard DVLA number plates, you can also avail of personalized number plates. When you opt for a personalized number plate, you are paying for the right to assign the number to a vehicle. You can buy a personalized plate for you vehicle or assign it to someone else. Here are the steps to buy a personalized DVLA number plate.
- You need to buy a registration number from DVLA Personalized Registrations by visiting: http://dvlaregistrations.direct.gov.uk/. DVLA Personalized Registrations sells and auctions exclusive registration number six times a year. You can visit the website to reserve numbers that are up for auction. The reservation prices start at £130. You can bid in person or through other channels such as via phone, writing and online. You can buy personalized plates form private sales. Just make sure that you have the V750 certificate of entitlement or the V778 certificate of retention.
- Once you’ve purchased a personalized DVLA number plate you can now assign the number plate to a vehicle. Before you can do this, you need to take off the registration number of the vehicle to be assigned the new number plate first. Once this is done, you will need a certification confirming that the vehicle is now eligible for a new number plate. Next you need to secure a V750 certificate of entitlement or V778 retention document for the personalized number plate. You will also need to have the 11 digit registration certificate of V5C.
Assigning the number plate to a vehicle may be done by visiting: https://www.personalisedvehicleregistration.service.gov.uk/assign/vehicle-lookup?_ga=1.223802715.1310892103.1463538520.
Personalized DVLA number plates may be renewed after 10 years.