Regulations for Car Registrations in The United Kingdom

DVLAEvery vehicle operating on the road should display a registration plate. This is essential irrespective of whether it is created with metal or plastic or is exhibited in the front or back portion of your vehicle. The plates are often created with standard letters or numbers. Moreover you could opt for paying more to create personalised plate. Do not fail to renew your registration as soon as it expires. In addition if you buy a new vehicle, you should transfer the registration of your plate.

The vehicle registration in the United Kingdom makes use of a system of numbers and letters for showing when and where your car was registered. The numbering system is in use since the year 2001. The plate numbers are twice updated in a year. If your vehicle becomes 6 months old, its value decreases. The drivers of the vehicle should register their car ownership and should get certificates of registration.

Let's check out the rules for new vehicles, usage of letters, custom made plates, plate style and transfer of registration:

New vehicle

All the new vehicles should be registered with the DVLA before getting registration numbers. You must fill out a form at the local DVLA office and provide your birth certificate, bank statements and marriage certificate for confirming your identity. This will help you guard against any fraud. Your vehicle may be checked before issuing registration and you should also pay a fee. You could expect the process to take about 6 weeks of time. New car dealers could register the cars for you. Moreover you could check out the auction sites for your purchase.

Letters and numbers used

The plates of the United Kingdom make use of 7 letters and numbers. The very first letter signifies the area of Britain where the vehicle was registered. The second one is associated with the particular office of the government where your vehicle was registered and the next 2 numbers indicate the date of the registration of your car. The first of the 2 numbers reveal whether your vehicle was registered in the first half or in the second half of the year. Usually a plate issued between 1st March and 31st August is marked zero and a registration from 1st September to 28th February is marked five. The second number signifies the year of registration of the vehicle. The last 3 letters are haphazard and are provided to a dealership at the time of your car registration.

Custom-made plates

You could purchase a custom-made plate through a special dealer or from a motorist. Dealers could purchase your personalised combination from the DVLA and make the arrangement to create your plate. Moreover they could make the arrangement and send a letter of authorization so that you could have the number plate displayed on your car. If you are purchasing a new plate, you will be given an entitlement certificate showing the dealers as the buyers and you as a nominee. If you purchase an existing number, you will be provided a certificate of retention. Purchasing a registration code only provides you the right for displaying the number on your vehicle and the numbers are owned by the government of the United Kingdom.

Style of the plate

The number plates should make use of the same font. The only variation permissible is making use of a 3 dimensional version of the legalised font. European or the British flags are the only symbols allowed on the plate. Furthermore strict rules are applicable to the size and spacing of the letters. All these rules are applicable to the personalised and the conventional plates.

Transferring registration

You could also transfer your registration number to another vehicle. However keep in mind that both the vehicles should have DVLA registrations. The DVLA may like to inspect them before transferring the numbers. You may be required to fill up a form and provide a fee. You should also show the document of your registration.

These rules will surely help you with your vehicle registration.

Kent Charlie works for an automobile registration agency that also deals with private plate design. He has also been writing for many online publications on a freelance basis. Kent loves travelling and adventure riding, which he often does alone. Collecting heritage car number plate is one of his favourites and he takes pride of that. To get in touch with Kent, follow him on Google+.

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