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The Law on Number Plates

Unfortunately, crime is something that we are unable to stop, and we never will. Theft and the illegal selling of number plates is said to be ever increasing, due to manufacturers not following the correct proceedings when supplying number plates to their customers. This allows criminals to buy number plates for registrations that they are not the rightful owners of, meaning they can mimic other vehicles and commit further offences whilst doing so. The law on number plates is in place to reduce this as much as possible, and this is put in place with you in mind.

To be able to receive number plates that you have ordered from us you must be able to provide certain documents and information that prove that you are the rightful owner of the registration that you are purchasing from us. The DVLA provide us with two lists that you will need to comply with to receive you number plates, those are:

Identity documents

You can use the following to confirm your name and address:

  • driving licence
  • utility, Council Tax or rates bill from the last 6 months
  • bank or building society statement from the last 6 months
  • national identity card

The following will confirm your name only:

  • passport – does not have to be issued in the UK
  • bank or building society debit or credit card
  • police warrant card
  • armed forces identity card

Proving you can use the registration number

You must have one of the following to show you’re allowed to display the registration number:

  • vehicle registration certificate (V5C or V5CNI)
  • new keeper supplement (V5C/2 or V5C/2NI)
  • certificate of entitlement (V750 or V750NI) to the number
  • retention document (V778)
  • a renewal reminder for vehicle tax or SORN (V11 or V11NI)
  • temporary registration certificate (V379 or V379NI)
  • a number plate authorisation certificate (V948) with an official stamp from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
  • an electronic number plate authorisation certificate (eV948 or eV948/2)
  • a letter of authorisation from a fleet operator (including lease or hire company) quoting the document reference number from the registration certificate
  • if your fleet is in the new V5C on demand scheme (also called ‘V5C suppression’), a PDF of the vehicle’s details from the view vehicle record service
  • UK trailer registration certificate (VTRC)

The final highlighted option was recently added to this list. This is due to new legislation stating that commercial trailers over 750kg and all trailers over 3500kg must be registered when they are being towed outside of the UK. So any trailers making international trips must register via the DVLA, then display but their own registration plate, and that of the car that is towing it.

All of the options on our website are fully road legal and comply to British standards for number plates. As long as you can supply the right documents, we are more than happy to send your order out to you the same day!