Cherished Number Plates: What You Need to Know

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Cherished Number Plates – What You Need to Know

As a DVLA registered number plate supplier, we get lots of questions about number plates and the different kinds of plates we can supply and manufacture. One of the kinds of plates we’re asked about most often are cherished number plates.

With this in mind, we’ve put together an informational guide to cherished number plates, so that your questions are answered!

What Are They?

Cherished number plates are also more commonly known as private registrations, personalised number plates or private plates. Cherished plates, however, is the term used to describe those kinds of plates that are from older vehicles, ‘vintage’ personalised plates. Private plates can be personalised to create the owner’s name or surname, initials, a nickname, anything you’d like providing it’s within the rules and regulations of having a private plate. It is important to note though that just like normal number plates, there’s only one of each registration, so if you were trying to find one that spells your name, you’d be lucky if no one else has already bought it!

Image of a classic car with a cherished number plate.

Are They Road Legal?

The legal requirements of having cherished plates are similar to those of a normal one, just with a couple more added. To make sure your private plate is legal it must:

  • Be made from reflective material
  • Display black characters on a white background (front plate)
  • Display black characters on a yellow background (rear plate)
  • Not have a background pattern
  • Not have an altered font or spacing
  • Not make your car seem younger than it is, for example, an ’09’ registration number on a 2004 registered vehicle

Whether you have a normal registration plate or a private one, it is essential that you adhere to the regulations, if you don’t then you could be faced with a hefty fine up to £1,000 and a failure on your next MOT.

How Can I Buy One?

If you wanted to buy a cherished plate there are a few options you can go through. You can go through the DVLA website and enter the term you’re looking for, then it will give you a list of plates that best match it that are still available. The DVLA also hold actions regularly throughout the year which you can bid on in person, over the phone, in writing or online.

You can also buy a private registration plate from a private dealer or from someone else. If you get it from a dealer then the number can be transferred over to your vehicle easily. If you do buy from a dealer or another person and want to transfer the number over yourself then ask for the V750 or the V778 documents so you can do so.

If you own a private plate and you want to transfer it to your new vehicle or you’re selling it to someone else, then the DVLA will charge you a transfer fee of £80. You must inform your car insurer that the plate is changing, else that will impact on your cover.

Get in Touch

If you’d like to learn more about our number plate services or you’d like to get a new or replacement plate manufactured, please call our workshop on 01752 666402 or call in if you’re in the area. You can find Plymouth Radiators at 55 Holly Court, St. Modwen Road, Parkway Industrial Estate, Plymouth. We’re open from 08:30 until 17:30 Monday to Friday and from 08:30 until 12:00 on Saturday. Don’t forget, you can also follow us on Facebook to get all the latest updates and news!