Subject to certain conditions, an application can be made to transfer a registration number to your vehicle, to a vehicle you are buying, or to someone else's vehicle. Specifically, a registration number can be transferred to a vehicle, provided the vehicle:
The law is straightforward regarding restrictions on the assignment of age related registration marks. You may not transfer a registration mark associated with a younger year than that of the recipient vehicle. Essentially, you cannot make a vehicle appear newer by assigning a registration mark.
The age of a vehicle is not necessarily indicated by its number plate. The 'first registered' date, stated on a vehicle's V5 registration document, signifies its true age. Refer to this and not the registration plate the vehicle currently bears since it may be displaying a number plate other than the one it was assigned at first registration (it may now carry a personalised plate).
With the exception of the dateless range, this rule applies to all styles of registration marks. For instance, you cannot put a T prefix plate (for example, T123 ABC) onto a vehicle that originally carried an S prefix registration (for example, S123 ABC). However, you could assign S123 ABC to a T registered vehicle.
Similarly, you may not assign D12 SUE (1986) to vehicle that was originally registered with ABC 2Y (1982) but you can assign Y2 SUE (March 2001) to AB55 CDE (September 2005). Dateless registration numbers, for example 44 AJ and AB 2 can be transferred to a vehicle of any age, since they do not relate to any year.
Please refer to the reg year table to see which year letter corresponds to a given year for prefix style and current style number plates.
|A||Aug 1983||05||Mar 2005|
|B||Aug 1984||55||Sep 2005|
|C||Aug 1985||06||Mar 2006|
|D||Aug 1986||56||Sep 2006|
|E||Aug 1987||07||Mar 2007|
|F||Aug 1988||57||Sep 2007|
|G||Aug 1989||08||Mar 2008|
|H||Aug 1990||58||Sep 2008|
|J||Aug 1991||09||Mar 2009|
|K||Aug 1992||59||Sep 2009|
|L||Aug 1993||10||Mar 2010|
|M||Aug 1994||60||Sep 2010|
|N||Aug 1995||11||Mar 2011|
|P||Aug 1996||61||Sep 2011|
|R||Aug 1997||12||Mar 2012|
|S||Aug 1998||62||Sep 2012|
|T||Mar 1999||13||Mar 2013|
|V||Sep 1999||63||Sep 2013|
|W||Mar 2000||14||Mar 2014|
|X||Sep 2000||64||Sep 2014|
|Y||Mar 2001||15||Mar 2015|
|51||Sep 2001||65||Sep 2015|
|02||Mar 2002||16||Mar 2016|
|52||Sep 2002||66||Sep 2016|
|03||Mar 2003||17||Mar 2017|
|53||Sep 2003||67||Sep 2017|
|04||Mar 2004||18||Mar 2018|
|54||Sep 2004||68||Sep 2018|
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. Check the vehicle's registration document.
The vehicle's V5 registration document (log book) indicates the transferability of its currently assigned registration mark. Where it specifies 'non-transferable', the vehicle may still be able to receive a cherished registration number provided the vehicle meets the normal requirements of the government's Transfer and Retention Scheme. However, it may be worth having the DVLA verify the vehicle's eligibility to receive a cherished registration mark.
Note that under the DVLA's Transfer and Retention Scheme, a non-transferable registration number cannot be transferred or retained before or during the transfer of a new registration number to the vehicle.
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