Private Number Plate Change of Address

How to Change Your Address On a Private Plate

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How Do I Complete My V750 Change of Address?

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When moving home, there are multiple address changes you need to make – a number of these are with the DVLA, including:

If you have a private number plate for your vehicle it is essential that you update your address so that the DVLA can update their records. 

You will also change the address on your V750 certificate. This is a Certificate of Entitlement used by the DVLA for the first issue of a personalised registration. 

In this helpful guide, we’ll outline exactly how to complete your V750 change of address and keep your personalised number plate up-to-date. 

So, how do you change your address on your private reg? 

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How Do I Change My Address On a Private Plate?

Let’s get started with your private number plate change of address:

If you own a personalised number plate for your vehicle and are planning on moving home soon, it is a requirement that you update your address with the DVLA. 

The best way to update your personalised number plate address is to contact the DVLA directly. There are three ways you can inform the DVLA that you need to complete your private reg change of address: 

  1. Use the DVLA personalised plates contact number
  2. Log into your DVLA personalised registration account 
  3. Change your personalised number plate address by post 

To complete your personalised number plate change of address via phone, simply call the DVLA private reg contact number at 0300 790 6802.

Alternatively, to change your address on a private plate online, all you need to do is log into your DVLA personalised registration account, complete the required form and submit it. 

The third option for changing your personalised number plate address is by post. To do so, fill in the ‘change of address’ section on your V750, sign it and sent it to DVLA Personalised Registrations:

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In the meantime, you can change your address with all your other vehicle requirements, including your driving licence and vehicle log book using SlothMove’s online change of address service. 

In fact, not only can you complete all your DVLA changes of address, you can do so with hundreds of other accounts and services. This is by far the simplest way to notify all of your providers that you’re moving house

So, whether it’s Morrisons, the NHS, your energy supplier, water supplier or bank, you can update your address with them all in a matter of minutes! 

Get started with your change of address by filling in the form below: 

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Change Address On Retention Document

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If you possess a personalised number plate that isn’t registered to a vehicle yet, then you must also possess a V750 certificate or a V778 retention document. 

To complete your V750 change of address, you simply need to create a DVLA personalised registration account. 

However, you cannot change your address on your V778 form online. Instead, you’ll need to complete your retention document change of address by post. Simply post your retention form to the following address: 

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If, for some reason, you don’t have your V750 or your retention document, you can write a letter stating your new address. Sign the letter and send it to DVLA Personalised Registration with proof of your identity. This can be a copy of: 

  • a household bill sent to you in the last 3 months
  • your Council Tax bill for this year
  • a bank or building society statement sent to you in the last 3 months
  • a medical card
  • your current British driving licence
  • your passport
  • your birth certificate

Now we’ve discussed how to complete your personalised number plate change of address, your V750 change of address and your retention document change of address, let’s find out a bit more about private regs’…

How Do I Get a Private Number Plate?

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1. Buy a Private Number Plate 

The first step to getting a private number plate is buying one. There are a number of options when it comes to who you purchase your private reg from, including the DVLA and private dealers. 

Buying at DVLA Auctions: 

About 5 times a year, the DVLA hold auctions across the country for personalised number plates. You can bid for these number plates in person, by phone, in writing or online. 

Buying from a Private Dealer 

You can also buy a private number from a dealer or from another person. Most dealers will transfer the number to your vehicle for you. If you want to keep or assign the number yourself, ask the dealer if you can have the V750 or V778. 

2. Assign a Private Number to a Vehicle 

To assign a private number to a vehicle, you need one of the following: 

  • A V750 certificate of entitlement – you’ll get this if you buy a private number
  • A V778 retention document or online reference number – you’ll get one of these if you take a number from another vehicle you own

3. Get a New Number Plate Made 

If you assign your private number to a vehicle you must get a number plate made up from a registered supplier.

Once you’ve purchased your personalised number plate, the DVLA will send you a certificate of entitlement (V750), which permits you to put the plate on your car. 

You won’t receive the actual number plate in the post, so you’ll need to take proof of your identity, such as a driving licence, along with the V750, to your nearest registered number plate supplier. Here, they will make up the plate for you and fit it to your vehicle. 

What Are the Rules for Private Number Plates?

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There are strict rules governing the correct display of registration plates. A private number plate must: 

  • be made from reflective material
  • display black characters on a white background on the front plate
  • display black characters on a yellow background on the rear plate
  • not have a background pattern
  • not have an altered font or spacing
  • not make your car seem younger than it is

Your car’s original age-related plate will be automatically deactivated by the DVLA upon your registration of a new private plate. The original number plate cannot be used on that car again, unless applied for and accepted through the DVLA application process. 

However, your original registration number may not be available if you try to reinstate it further down the line, and you may be given a new, age-related plate. 

If you ever display incorrect plates, you will be fined up to £1,000 and your car will fail its MOT

Why Do I Need to Change My Private Number Plate Address?

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Now you know how to complete your personalised number plate change of address, why is it so important that you do it?

If you have a private registration number and it’s not on a vehicle, you must update your V750 or V778 documents.

It’s super important that you remember to complete your V750 change of address or your V788 change of address when moving home so that the DVLA can keep their records up to date. 

Failing to update your address with the DVLA can result in a hefty fine of £1,000.

Can I Put My Private Reg On Someone Else’s Car?

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You can put your private registration number on someone else’s vehicle online or through the post. 

The DVLA will send you a replacement log book for the vehicle but with a new private number shown on it. 

Assign your private reg online 

To assign your private number online, all you have to do it get details from the other vehicle’s log book (V5C) and your V778 or V750. Next, just enter all the relevant information accordingly. 

Assign your private reg by post

If you want to assign your private number by post, you just need to send the DVLA some paperwork. 

The DVLA will need your V778 or V750 form. Before you send it off, just fill in sections 1 and 2, then sign it. They will also need the V5C of the vehicle you want to put the private number on. 

How Much Do Personalised Plates Cost?

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The cost of personalised number plates can vary, largely depending on where you get the plate from and how rare the number is. 

You can get personalised plates from £250 on the DVLA website. However, plates sold through dealers tend to be more pricey as they are usually more desirable. 

Yet, what you’ll actually pay at auction will be dependent on how many bidders are competing for the same plate. 

The most expensive personalised number plate ever sold in the UK was ‘25 O’, bought by a Ferrari dealer in 2014 for no less than £518,000. 

Generally speaking, the fewer characters a personalised reg has, the more expensive it will be.

When Do I Need to Change My Private Reg Address?

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It’s important that you complete your personalised number plate change of address with plenty of time to spare when moving home. 

Having the incorrect address on either your driving licence, vehicle log book or private number plate is illegal and could result in a fine. 

Therefore, you should aim to change your address on your private plate at least 2 months before moving. This will ensure that the DVLA can update your details and keep them up to date for their records. 

Does a Private Number Plate Expire?

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All private number plate certificates have an expiry date printed on them. This applies regardless of whether you have the green V778 Retention Document or a pink V750 Certificate of Entitlement. 

Before the expiry date of your personalised number plate, you are required by the DVLA to either:

  • Assign the registration number to your vehicle
  • Renew the Ceritificate for your private number plate to bring it up to date 

If your personalised number plate certificate has already expired, the current DVLA rules do not allow you to renew it. As of December 2019, the DVLA stopped renewing expired V750 Certificate of Entitlements and V778 Retention Documents. 

Since March 2015, Certificates issued by the DVLA come with a 10 year expiry date. After this, you will need to renew it again if you haven’t transferred it to a vehicle before that date. 

If you miss the date that your V750 Certificate expires, the certificate cannot be renewed and you will lose your registration number. 

Changing Your Private Number Plate Address

Thanks to our comprehensive guide to changing your personalised number plate address, you should be able to do so in no time at all. 

Complete your personalised number plate change of address by contacting the DVLA directly; either via phone, post or online. 

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