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Take a registration number off a vehicle

To apply online you will need:

  • the 11 digit document reference number from the latest V5C registration certificate (logbook) for the vehicle
  • a valid credit or debit card to cover the £80 fee charged for this service.

After you have retained your registration number you can either:

  • assign (put it on) a new or used vehicle, or
  • hold it on a certificate until you want to put it on another vehicle.
Please note: this service updates our records immediately.

After you have retained your registration number we will:

  • allocate an age appropriate mark for the vehicle
  • issue new documentation displaying new registration details.

Conditions for retaining a registration number

The vehicle must be:

  • registered with DVLA
  • available for inspection
  • of a type that needs an MOT or heavy goods vehicle (HGV) test certificate
  • taxed or taxed within the last 5 years.
  • If untaxed, SORN must be declared continuously from the date of expiry.

You can only retain a personalised registration using our online service from the ‘R’ prefix onwards.

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