Number plate glossary
Number plates, as with most things, has developed its own terminology and
lexicon. From Assignment to Prefix to Vanity Plates it can all be a bit much!
Here's our guide to the key words - and what they mean.
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- Autonumerology - the study of numberplates
- Age Identifier - New style numberplates have a 2 digit "age identifier" which tell you when the number plate was issued.
- Assignment Fee - When transferring a number plate from retention to a vehicle- the DVLA charge and assignment fee.
- Cherished transfer - Transferring a numberplate from one vehicle to another
- CNDA - Cherished Numbers Dealers Association
- DOT - Department of transport
- Donor Vehicle - When transferring or retaining a number plate- the car from which the number plate is transferred is known as the donor vehicle.
- DVLC - Driver and vehicle licensing centre
- DVLA - Driver and vehicle licensing Agency
- DVLA Registrations - The name of the DVLA service allowing members of the public to buy unissued number plates directly from the DVLA.
- DVLA Select - The previous name for DVLA Registrations.
- Entitlement- You never "own" a number plate - you merely own the "entitlement" to display if on your vehicle.
- Grantee- The Grantee features on the V778 retention document - the Grantee is the only person entitled to transfer or assign the number plate.
- Irish number plates- number plates originally issued or intended for use in Ireland.
- Local Identifier - New style number plates have 2 letters which indicate the local tax office at which the number plate was registered.
- Log book - The V5 / vehicle registration document
- MOT - Ministry of Transport annual roadworthiness test
- Nominee - A nominee appears on both the V750 retention document and the V778 retention document. A nominee is a person who has no entitlement to a number plate; but the plate may be transferred to a vehicle in their name.
- Purchaser - Appearing on the V750 retention document- the Grantee is the only person entitled to transfer or assign a number plate.
- Prefix - Prefix number plates are the reversal of Suffix number plates - they are so called as the letter at the beginning of the number plate "Prefixes" the registration.
- PNDA - Personal Numbers Dealers Association - previous name for the CNDA
- Recipient Vehicle - When transferring number plates- the vehicle to which the plate will be transferred or assigned is the "recipient vehicle"
- Registered Keeper - The person named on the V5 registration document as the legal registered keeper of a vehicle.
- Retention - If you own a number plate but wish for it not to be transferred to a vehicle then you can hold it on retention - a 12 month certificate confirming your entitlement to the number plate.
- Retention Certificate - The document confirming your entitlement to a registration number.
- RNC - Registration Numbers club
- Sale of Marks - DVLA Select and DVLA registrations are both still known by some people as the "Sale of Marks" - this basically refers to the DVLA retailing unissued number plates to the public.
- Suffix - Suffix number plates began after dateless plates as a means of providing more combinations - this was achieved by adding a letter to the end of the plate - a "suffix"
- V5 - The logbook document proving vehicle ownership.
- V10- Application to license a vehicle
- V55 - Application for first registration of a vehicle
- V317 - The DVLA form used to transfer number plates from vehicle to vehicle.
- V750 - The retention certificate issued for a number plate purchased directly from the DVLA
- V778 - The retention certificate issued when a number plate is transferred from a vehicle to retention.
- V778/1 - Application to retain a number plate - the form used to get a number plate onto a retention certificate.
- V7948 - A certificate confirming your entitlement to a number plate.
- Vanity Plate - USA personalised numberplates.