How to Buy a Private Number Plate

Buying private number plates through Plate Master is easy!

Enter your search critera, Pick your plate, Proceed to checkout, Transfer initiated!

Search and browse

Simply use either our basic quick private number plate search or our personalised number plate advanced search to find yourself a unique private number plate. You can enter almost anything, your full name, initials, words or an actual registration number. Once you have entered your number plate search criteria, click the Search button.

Depending on your search criteria you may get more than one list of registration plate results displayed together on the same page with each list potentially spread over multiple pages. In addition, there are tools for expanding around certain groups of results and tools for re-ordering results for your convenience, for example list registration plates by price. You will find this approach user friendly as it helps to filter results as you browse for your registration plate.

Where results are spread over more than one page, the previous and next arrows, along with the pagination controls are used to navigate from page to page.

Purchase options

If you have chosen a number plate to buy, simply click on the 'View & Buy' button to the right of the number plate. This will take you to a page displaying the all-inclusive total for your cheap private number plate, any further details about the registration and the purchase options.

Select your number plate purchase options:

  • Online with credit/debit card.
    Make your purchase securely online - we accept most major credit cards.
  • Pay over the phone with credit/debit card.
    Speak to one of our friendly sales advisors who'll be happy to take your order and answer any questions you may have. Over the phone we're also able to accept American Express.
  • Buy online with PayPal.
    Pay a deposit with PayPal to secure your registration. To keep our prices as low as possible, we will request the remainder of the balanace via credit/debit card, cheque, postal order, bankers draft or bank transfer.

However you proceed, you complete some simple forms requesting your basic contact details and the nominee name*. You can make any special preferences here such as request that we keep the transfer a secret, for surprise gifts.

Checkout complete

Then, simply sit back and relax. Full instructions will be emailed and posted - we will send you a letter with everything you need to know. If you requested our free number plate transfer service, upon completion a replacement V5 (logbook) will be sent to you, by which time you can attach the new private number plates to your vehicle. The transfer process is usually completed within ten days of payment clearance.

And that's it!

*Nominee name
This is the name stated on the recipient vehicle's V5 registration document (the logbook). It's important that you specify this EXACTLY is it appears on this document. If there is no vehicle, then simply specify the name exactly as it will appear on any future V5 registration document.

If you do not have the nominee name to hand, don't worry. You can still go ahead with the purchase but you will need to provide us with the nominee name as soon as you have it, preferably within a few days.

Alternatively, you do not have to specify a nominee name at all, but you will need to add one before the registration number can be assigned to a vehicle. There is a standard DVLA fee to ammend this, so it's best to provide us with the nominee name at your earliest convenience.

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