Online system for private plates introduced

The DVLA has announced that a new online system for transferring and registering private number plates is to be introduced.

Early 2015

Following extensive lobbying from motoring groups including the National Franchised Dealers Association, the vehicle licensing authority says that the new system will be available early next year.

According to the DVLA, the new site will streamline and simplify the previously lengthy process required to change, register or remove a private license plate.

Waiting times cut out

Whereas the previous method involved a wait of up to several weeks, the new online system will reportedly do away with the forms and instead comprise of two straightforward stages to transfer plates.

According to reports, the first stage will involve a process to remove the plate number from the existing vehicle and replace it with a used number plate that matches up with the car’s age.

Once that’s done, the system will give car owners a retention number, which they can then use to register their new vehicle with their private plate.

Reports state that the process can take place within the same day, drastically cutting down the drawn-out waiting times associated with the traditional transfer paperwork.

Cheaper fees for all

Due to the reduction in time, resources and manpower involved, the price of transferring a personalised plate will apparently drop to £80 from the current £105 fee.

The DVLA has stated that another system for used cars will be introduced approximately a month after the first, giving drivers the option to transfer plates and also tax their cars at the same time.


According to the National Franchised Dealers Association, of which Perrys is a member, this new system has been introduced following four years of lobbying from the Association.

Representing car dealers across the UK, the NFDA promotes their interests and rights and works hard with the government and other trade bodies to deliver fairness for both dealerships and buyers.

It also enforces a stringent set of rules and regulations for sales and aftersales that all dealers must adhere to, meaning that you know you’re getting the best service from all Perrys dealerships.

Although no solid date has been given yet, the DVLA has stated that the new online system will be up and running early next year, in time for the registration plate change in March.