Drivers at risk of losing private plates if they don't act quickly

Renew or replace your private number
On the GOV.UK website it says y
ou must renew your right to use your private (personalised) number every 10 years if it’s not being used on a vehicle. If you got your private number before 2015, you must renew it more often - check your V750 or V778 document. You’ll get a reminder letter or email if you’re not using a private number and your right to use it is about to run out. More

Get a private (personalised) number plate: step by step
Find out what you need to do to use a private number plate on your vehicle. More

What is the Difference Between a Form V750 and a Form V778?
See an illustrated explanation on the simplyregistrations website. More

DVLA Document V750 – Certificate of Entitlement

The V750 Certificate of Entitlement is a pink A4 size piece of paper. It is used by the DVLA for the first issue of a personalised registration. If you have a V750 then the vehicle registration number shown on the document has never before been displayed on a vehicle. It is a brand new registration.

DVLA Document V778 – Retention Document

The V778 Retention Document is a green A4 size piece of paper. It is used by the DVLA when a personalised registration has been separated from a vehicle and placed on retention. If you have a V778 then the retained personalised registration has previously been displayed on a vehicle.

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DVLA Live Auctions of Personalised Numbers is good business for DVLA
The DVLA made more than £110m from personalised registration sales in 2017 (Photo: DVLA)

Example of a personalised plate for an MG sold for £25,500.
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Our NEWS item is based on material spotted and reported by Peter Beadle
Drivers with personalised registrations are being warned that they could lose the right to use them if they don’t ensure their paperwork is up to date by the end of this year.
An article on the Honest John website released on 18th September 2019 reports "millions of motorists in the UK have personalised or private number plates on their cars but many others hold the rights to use them without actually having them on a vehicle. But while many people buy private plates to give their car a personalised touch, with the most desirable plates estimated to be worth as much as £500,000 some people view them as an investment or simply want to hold onto them for use in the future without displaying them on a vehicle. In this case, it's possible to put the plate on retention.

DVLA changes are coming
DVLA changes could see motorists lose the right to these investments. Currently, anyone who owns a registration plate without using it on a vehicle must renew the V750 certificate of entitlement or V778 retention document every 10 years. For those who bought a plate before 2015, it might need to be renewed more often - check the document for details.

If you let the certificate expire, it's currently possible to pay a fee to renew it and retain your entitlement to the plate. But that's set to change, with the DVLA not accepting any applications to renew expired certificates from December 2019.

Until 18th December 2019
If you got the V750 or V778 before 9th March 2015 and it's expired since May 2011, you can buy the right to use the private registration again until 18th December 2019. It costs £25 for each year the certificate has expired, with the DVLA charging the same as a full year for time periods less than this.
For example, if your certificate expired two years and one month ago, you'll have to pay £75 to cover three full years.

You can renew your personalised registration certificate by filling in the V750 or V778 and sending the fee to the address on the form. If you've lost it, you can send a letter to the DVLA detailing why you do not have the certificate, along with proof of your name and address.

After 18th December 2019
Anyone who has let their private plate retention certificate expire will lose the plate - however the DVLA says it will not reissue the plates. A spokesperson has said
"DVLA only sells previously unissued registration marks and there are no plans to sell the rights to previously issued marks where the rights have been lost". This means that, if a valuable plate is allowed to lapse, the DVLA is adamant it will not be reused by anyone. The original keeper will no longer be able to use it, nor will it ever be offered on the market again.

Renewing a retention certificate is straightforward
You can do it by filling in the V750 or V778 certificate and sending it to the DVLA at the address on the form along with the fee. Each portion of a year counts as a full year, so if it expired 13 months ago you’ll have to pay £50. If you have lost the certificate you can still reapply to retain the right to the registration. You’ll need to write to DVLA Personalised Registrations explaining why you do not have your V750 or V778. You will also need to include the fee, your private number and proof of your name and address, for example your driving licence or both your passport and a utility bill.

See the Honest John article. More