Full information about transferring and retaining number plates can be found
on the gov.uk website:
Transferring number plates is a very straightforward process- no more complicated than transferring ownership of a car using the V5C document.
For many, number plate transfer is somewhat of a mystery and a taboo- the DVLA do explain clearly on the reverse of their documents on how to transfer a number plate- but here we briefly outline what you need to know.
This is very simple indeed and no worse than completing the V5 logbook when buying or selling a car.
If the number plate you want to transfer is currently on a car and you want to transfer it to another car- you can do so with Form V317 from the DVLA
Click here to find out how to transfer a number plate from vehicle to vehicle
If the number plate you want to transfer is currently on a car and you want to transfer it to retention (retaining the number plate) - you can do so with Form V778/1 from the DVLA
Click here to find out how to retain a number plate
If the number plate you want to transfer is currently on retention and you want to transfer it to a car (assigning the number plate) - you can do so with the retention documents V750 or V778.
Click here to find out how to assign a number plate
When transferring a number plate you will incur DVLA fees- here is what you can expect to pay in each instance. (Correct at time of writing)
Click here to learn more about DVLA Fees
The DVLA quote up to 4 weeks for retaining, assigning or transferring a number plate. From our experience it can take on average 10 - 12 working days to complete the process by post.
You can visit your local DVLA office and complete most transfers same day in person.
Transferring a number plate from car to car costs £80 at the time of writing, learn about this and more in our DVLA fee guide.