Driver information blog – Displaying number plate – Part two – Plus buying at auction information

Driver information blog – Displaying number plate – Part two

Drive carefully and drive safe!!!!!!!


All this information below, is on the GOV.UK website and is constantly updated. This information, to the best of our knowledge, was correct at the time of post.

The GOV.UK and DVLA sites are a great source of information and a lot of hard work goes into providing this information for us! We are showing you a sample and please, check for yourself, the latest version on the information, on the sites.

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2.Rules for number plates

Your number plates should:

  • be made from a 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

Characters on a number plate can be 3D.

If you ride a motorbike or motor tricycle

Motorcycles and motor tricycles registered on or after 1 September 2001 must only display a number plate at the rear of the vehicle.

If you ride a motorbike or motor tricycle registered before 1 September 2001 you can also display a number plate at the front, but you don’t have to.

Motorcycle and motor tricycle number plate numbers should be on 2 lines.

Towing a trailer

Your trailer must display the same number plate as the car you’re towing it with. If you’re towing more than one trailer, the number plate must be fixed to the trailer at the back.

Letter spacing, size and style

The characters on a number plate need to be a certain height and size.

Read leaflet INF104: vehicle registration numbers and number plates – height and size measurement, for more information.

3.Getting number plates made up

You can only get a number plate made up from a registered number plate supplier.

The supplier will need to see original documents that:

  • prove your name and address
  • show you’re allowed to use the registration number

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 – doesn’t 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 bring 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) – not applicable in Northern Ireland
  • 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) or Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
  • an electronic number plate authorisation certificate (eV948)
  • 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

Drive carefully and drive safe!!!!!!!




Extra information about buying at auction!

Private Plate news

These are the extra costs of plates bought at public auction.

This is public information and available at the DVLA website

What Will It Cost?

The sale price (also called the ‘Hammer Price’) is subject to VAT, the Auctioneer’s Buyer’s Premium of 8% (minimum £40 + VAT) together with the £80 Assignment Fee.

This can mount up! So be aware and use their calculator provided.

Example below, based on £10,000.00.

Hammer Price: £10,000.00

VAT on Hammer Price @ 20%: £2,000.00

Buyer’s Premium @ 8%: £800.00

VAT on Buyer’s Premium @ 20%: £160.00

Total VAT @ 20%: £2,160.00

Assignment Fee (not VATable): £80.00

Total Amount Payable: £13,040.00

The reverse is, you have a budget of £10,000.00

Maximum Budget: £10000.00

VAT on Hammer Price @ 20%: £1532.00

Buyer’s Premium @ 8%: £612.80

VAT on Buyer’s Premium @ 20%: £122.56

Total VAT @ 20%: £1,654.56

Assignment Fee (not VATable): £80.00

Total Additional Costs £2,347.36

Maximum Hammer Price: £7,660.00

Curtesy of the calculator.

Well done DVLA

We’ll keep you posted on future auctions or why not attend yourself?

I’ve bought myself and it is great fun, be aware of the final amount to pay is different to the hammer price and we’ve published these costs below.

DVLA and BCA keep up the good work, raising money for the UK.

CVPP.CO.UK would also like to say a job well done!

From the DVLA website!

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