Send the following documents to the DVLA:
If you need to tax your vehicle at the same time, send:
The address to send all your documents is on the V317.
What happens next
DVLA will contact you to arrange an appointment if your vehicle needs to be inspected. Otherwise, your application will be approved in 2 weeks.
You’ll be sent:
- a V778 retention document showing you as the ‘grantee’
- a registration certificate showing the replacement registration number
You’ll lose the right to use the number if you sell or destroy your vehicle before you get the V778.
These should arrive within 4 weeks of getting the confirmation letter. It can take up to 6 weeks if you use a V62 application to support your application.
If you retain the registration number in someone else’s name, the retention document will be sent to them, as they are recorded as the grantee.
Contact DVLA for more information about taking a personalised registration number off a vehicle.
Form and guidance on how to fill in form V317, application to keep a vehicle registration number and put it on another vehicle (transfer). Or keep a registration number and put it on a certificate.
You can take a registration number off a vehicle online, and put a registration number on a vehicle online.
Use form V317 to transfer a vehicle registration number from one vehicle to another - the form includes guidance notes and information on where to send it.
You can transfer a vehicle registration:
- from your vehicle to another one in your name
- to a vehicle you’re buying
- to someone else’s vehicle
If the number is being transferred to someone else’s vehicle, then both registered keepers need to complete the application.
Along with the form you’ll need to include:
- the registration certificate or new keeper supplement with a completed form V62 (application for a vehicle registration certificate V5C)
- the £80 transfer fee
If either vehicle needs taxing, include:
- a completed form V10 (application for vehicle tax)
- correct vehicle tax payment
- an MOT certificate