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Vehicle Registration Transfer Process: A Guide Through the Process

When owning a personalised number plate, one must become familiar with the DVLA’s vehicle registration transfer process.

HESSLE, uk / PR FREE / Nov 25 2016 --
The DVLA’s vehicle registration transfer process is not difficult to do, once one knows the rules and has gone through the process at least once.

There are three main processes:

1. Transferring a registration from one vehicle to another
2. Transferring a registration away from one vehicle but retaining it for future use
3. Transferring a registration that you have previously retained (i.e. that is not currently on a vehicle) onto a vehicle

Vehicle to Vehicle Registration Transfer Rules

A registration may be transferred between any vehicle that is subject to, or will be subject to at some stage, an MOT or GVT test. This means it cannot, for example, be transferred to a tractor.

The exception is vehicles with a Q registration. Technically, Q registrations are used when the DVLA cannot absolutely verify the age or identity of the vehicle. They are typically issued to kit cars and cars that are rebuilt. A registration cannot be transferred to or from a car with a Q registration.

Both vehicles involved in the process - the vehicle that currently has the registration and the one being transferred to - must be registered with the DVLA. Although this rarely happens, they should also be available for inspection in case the DVLA requests this.

The other main general rule is that the car being transferred to appear may not appear to be younger than it is. This is determined by the age identifier on the registration number. For example, the registration BD51 SMR indicates the vehicle was first registered between September 2001 and February 2002. A registration number such as BD05 SMR could not be transferred - that registration number is for vehicles registered between March 2005 and August 2005.

Other rules regarding the registration transfer process concern road tax. To start with, the DVLA will not transfer a registration number to a vehicle that is not taxed. Usually, this means the vehicle receiving the registration number must be taxed, although one can still apply for the transfer and include an application for road tax at the same time.

The vehicle that currently has the registration number could have a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) instead of road tax. However, the SORN must be less than 12 months old; i.e. one can’t transfer a registration number from a vehicle that has had two or more SORNs in a row, and the vehicle must not have any breaks in its road tax record, i.e. a period of time when it had neither road tax nor a SORN.

If the SORN doesn’t meet any of these conditions, one will have to get road tax for the vehicle before the registration can be transferred.

Vehicle to Vehicle Registration Transfer Process

The registration transfer may be handled online or by post, although online is by far the easiest option. It is a two-stage process. The first involves removing the registration number from the current vehicle and the second step involves assigning the registration number to the new vehicle.

To complete a registration transfer by post, one will need a V317 form from the DVLA, which can be downloaded online or picked up from a local Post Office, provided it is a Post Office that deals with road tax. Filling out the form is fairly straightforward:

- Section two is for details of the vehicle the registration number is being transferred from.
- Section three is for details of the vehicle the registration number is being transferred to. one will also need to include details of the owner of the vehicle the registration number is being transferred to in this section.

As well as the form, one will need the vehicle registration certificate and a copy of the insurance for both vehicles involved in the transfer, i.e. the vehicle that currently has the registration number, and the vehicle the registration number is being transferred to.

How Does the Process Work?

The DVLA will process an application and will assign a new registration number to the vehicle the registration number is being transferred from. This is usually a registration number based on the age of the vehicle.

The existing registration number of the car that having the registration number transferred to is, in effect, cancelled. The registration number now applies to this vehicle. This means one will then receive a V948 authorisation which can be used to get new number plates made. One will also receive a new vehicle registration certificate.

Retaining a Registration Number

This process involves getting a retention certificate for a registration number. It lasts for 10 years and costs £80. As with the vehicle to vehicle transfer process, the easiest way to do this is online. One will need the vehicle registration certificate for the vehicle having the registration number tranferred away from. Use this form to complete the details in the online process.

Once complete, one will receive an email confirmation. This email will also provide the new registration number for the vehicle. Shortly after this. a vehicle registration certificate for the vehicle with the new registration number will be delivered by post, and it will be accompanied by the retention certificate for the registration number.

Transferring from a Retention Certificate to a Vehicle

As before, the online process is the easiest to go through to transfer a registration number currently covered by a retention certificate onto a vehicle.

To do it by post, the retention certificate and the vehicle registration certificate of the vehicle having the registration transferred to will be required.

For both the online and postal methods, one will receive a new vehicle registration certificate in the post.

The current cost for transferring a vehicle registration is £80 and it can take 5-10 days to complete. However, the introduction of the online system has made the process much smoother than it used to be.

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