If you are the registered keeper of a vehicle, an application can be made to transfer its registration to another vehicle or to hold it on a retention document (V778) for ten years. You can retain the registration number in your name or nominate someone else.
For a registration mark to qualify for transfer/retention from a vehicle the following must apply:
When a vehicle has been scrapped, its registration number is cancelled and all rights to it will no longer exist, even if you are still in possession of the registration document. Therefore, you must transfer or retain the registration mark before the vehicle is disposed of.
You must be the registered keeper of the vehicle or have the full consent of the registered keeper.
The vehicle's V5C registration document (log book) specifies whether its registration mark is transferable. Specifically, if it states 'non-transferable', then there are no circumstances under which the registration mark can be transferred to another vehicle or retained on a certificate. In addition, you cannot transfer or retain a registration number starting with a 'Q' (or 'NIQ' for Northern Ireland registered vehicles). Finally, provided the vehicle meets the conditions of transfer, a vehicle assigned a Northern Ireland registration number can be transferred or retained.
Not all vehicles are required to undergo an annual test for roadworthiness, for example agricultural vehicles, steamrollers and milk floats. Consequently, such vehicles do not qualify for the transfer or retention scheme. Refer to the vehicle's registration document to verify.
Generally, vehicles must have valid tax (or be tax exempt) and if over three years old, a valid MOT to be eligible. However, if the donor vehicle's tax and/or MOT has expired it may still be possible to transfer or retain its registration mark provided, at the time of application, the following conditions apply:
In all cases vehicles must be clearly identifiable from their chassis numbers.
Note: If the MOT has expired, you can still transfer or retain the registration mark provided the road tax is valid at the time of the transfer application and that you were the registered keeper of the vehicle at the time the MOT expired.
The law states that any new keeper of a vehicle is entitled to keep its registration number should they wish if they were sold the vehicle before the seller receives a replacement V5C vehicle registration document.
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