Updating old private plate with new one

brooklyn07 Forumite Posts: 167
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HI all, i currently have a private plate on my vehicle and I have been bought a new one for my birthday with my new initials on.   I want to keep the old one, and as I understand I have to put the old one on retention and pay the fee. 

However, I'm a bit confused about the process.  There doesn't seem to be any way of doing it online whereby you apply the new one and then have the option to keep the old one on retention, at the same time, it seems like you have to apply to keep the old one first, wait around for the DVLA to send you a new V5C with a random (or the original) registration, change the number plate on the vehicle to the one they've assigned you and THEN you apply to put your new private plate on.

Is that right? Seems really faffy and a waste of time if so! If not, can someone please point me in the direction of how i can do it simultaneously please?  thanks


  • Car_54
    Car_54 Forumite Posts: 7,801
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    Did you buy from a dealer? If so, ask them, it's something they must deal with all the time.
  • GrumpyDil
    GrumpyDil Forumite Posts: 1,275
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    OP is talking about a new private plate to replace an old private plate they want to keep. I think it will be put old plate on retention and then new plate on car after getting new V5C.

    I'd ring them and see if they can do it differently over the phone. 
  • born_again
    born_again Forumite Posts: 11,738
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    Apply to take off a number

    You can apply online or by post. It costs £80. You must have the vehicle’s log book (V5C).

    If the vehicle’s not in your name, you have to apply by post.

    Apply online

    The number will be removed immediately if your vehicle does not need an inspection.

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  • moneysaver
    moneysaver Forumite Posts: 820
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         It seems you will have a bit of a faf with this one.

    1: Remove old private plate & pay fee.

    2: Original reg goes back on vehicle.

    3: Wait for V5 with original reg to arrive.

    4: Transfer new private plate to vehicle.

    5: Fit new private plate & remove original reg from vehicle.

    Also remember to  inform your insurance company everytime you change reg.

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