Driver information blog – Displaying number plates – Part three – Plus buying at auction information

Driver information blog – Displaying number plates – Part three

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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4. Flags, symbols and identifiers

Flags and national identifying letters

You can display one of the following flags with identifying letters on the left-hand side of the number plate:

  • Union Flag
  • Cross of St George
  • Cross of St Andrew – also known as the Saltire
  • Red Dragon of Wales

The letters, or national identifiers, you can have are:

  • GREAT BRITAIN, Great Britain or GB
  • UNITED KINGDOM, United Kingdom or UK
  • CYMRU, Cymru, CYM or Cym
  • ENGLAND, England, ENG, Eng
  • SCOTLAND, Scotland, SCO or Sco
  • WALES or Wales

You’ll still need a GB sticker when travelling in Europe if you display one of these national flags and identifiers.

The flag must be above the identifier. You can’t have the flag or letters on the number plate margin, and neither can be more than 50 millimetres wide.

Euro symbol

If you display the Euro symbol and Great Britain (GB) national identifier on your number plate, then you won’t need a separate GB sticker when travelling within the European Union.

The Euro symbol must:

  • be a minimum height of 98mm
  • have a width between 40 and 50mm
  • have a reflective blue background with 12 reflecting yellow stars at the top
  • show the member state (GB) in reflecting white or yellow

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Buy a personalised registration number

You can buy a personalised registration for your number plates from DVLA online or at auction. Search online to see which numbers are available and how much they cost.

Start now on the DVLA Personalised Registrations service

You’ll need a debit or credit card to use this service.

Personalised registration numbers can only be used on a vehicle registered (or about to be registered), taxed and used in the UK.

You can’t make the vehicle look newer than it actually is. For example, you can’t put an registration number onto a 2003 registered vehicle.

When you buy a personalised registration number, you’re buying the right to assign this number to a vehicle registered in your name or someone else’s name (the nominee).

Last updated: 25 June 2017

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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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