If you’ve never bought, sold or allocated a private plate to a vehicle in the past you could be forgiven for assuming that it’s a complicated, time-consuming and potentially very expensive activity. To be fair, it certainly used to be all that and more, but not today. The whole private number plate business is now incredibly easy; so much so, that I even got one myself this year, despite vowing many years ago that I’d rather give up driving than ever go through the trauma of getting a private registration number.
How things have changed
When I was selling new and used cars for a major dealer group, customers didn’t think it was a big deal that they had a private registration number on the car they were trading in that they wanted to be transferred to the car they were buying. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth, and most of the time I’d rather have given the sale to someone else than put myself through the whole number plate transfer process.
Getting a plate allocated to a car or transferring it from one car to another used to mean a visit to a DVLA-authorised post office with a file full of paperwork that all had to be 100% present and correct; even to the point of using the correct colour ink! With used cars, you needed the logbook, MOT certificate, and even the current insurance certificate.
Nowadays, the DVLA has access to databases that show every vehicle’s registration, MOT, insurance and road tax status, so you don’t need to send them in or even email copies of them t the DVLA. Even if you choose to do the process through the post rather than online, you still don’t need to send those documents in with your …