You’re now the proud owner of a vehicle – you’ve just bought it and you’re eager to start driving it around. However, you can’t do this until you get through several mandatory steps. Everywhere you look, you will see that all the cars have registration number, also known as license plates, as apart from the mark of the car and other criteria, this is one important thing that makes the car unique among others.
When you plan to get a registration number, you will need to use the DVLA contact number and ask them for more details about what to do and what are the necessary documents to get everything right. They are the only authority in this domain that take care of everything related to vehicles, driving licenses and anything else in this area.
The DVLA has an online registration form that allows you to ask for a registration number, but only in certain conditions. First of all, you will be able to use this service only if you have your vehicle registered with them, and if you have the vehicle available for inspection – when it’s needed, of course. Apart from this, the service is available for those who have a vehicle that has a SORN for the last five years or if the vehicle has already been taxed.
First of all, you will need to get a certificate number from the online service that’s available for taking a registration number off a vehicle or any of the following documents – a certificate of entitlement or a retention document.
Apart from these, you will also need the reference number made of 11 digits from the last registration certificate and, of course, a valid credit card, to be able to pay the renewal fees. Keep in mind that if you have a vehicle with a customized registration number (personalized), you will have to take it down before using this type of service, otherwise you will lose the possibility to use it.
Something else that you need to know is that you are not allowed to make the vehicle look newer than it is.
If you can’t use the online forms, you can always use the postal services. This way, you will need to send the registration certificate for your vehicle, or a document called the new keeper’s supplement, but this has to come with an application for a vehicle registration certificate, along with any fees that are required.
You will also need to send several other documents, like the application for vehicle tax, the money for the vehicle tax and an MOT certificate.
The Next Steps
Once all this is done, the DVLA will call you and ask for a meeting, to fix an appointment for inspecting your vehicle if it’s needed. This usually happens when the vehicle is not new. If that’s not the case, the application that you have sent will receive a pre-approval in about two weeks, and you will receive a new registration certificate, along with the original MOT, if it was sent.