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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I buy a personalised number plate without putting it straight onto a vehicle?

Yes. In fact many people do this, as personalised number plates make great presents and  gifts.  The vehicle registration or personalised number can supplied on a retention certificate and you have until the expiry date shown on your V750 or V778 form to put it onto a vehicle, which will be valid for ten years.


Q: What is the difference between Current and Prefix style number plates?

A Current style number plate has two letters followed by two numbers which indicate the year of the vehicle. Current registrations have the format AB12 XXX where "12" identifies the year. A Prefix style number plate has a prefix letter code which can indicate the year of the vehicle. Prefix regstrations have the format: A123 XXX, where "Y" is identifies the year. View the Current style and Prefix style pages for more information.


Q: Are there any age restrictions for a vehicle to take a Northern Ireland number?

No, a Northern Ireland registration can go onto any age of a vehicle.  View our Northern Ireland number plates and buy online today.


 Q: Can I transfer a registration from an agricultural vehicle?

No, a number cannot be transferred to or from agricultural machinery including tractors and combine harvesters.  These numbers stay on the vehicle/ machinery for life.


Q: How do I pay for my number plate?

You pay an initial deposit of £120 via PayPal whenever you buy online.  We will then contact you to to receive the remaining balance and discuss the process of your order.  Payment can be made via credit and debit card, bank draft, bank transfer or PayPal.  A 2% service charge is added to transactions completed via credit card and PayPal. View our Terms and Conditions for more information.


Q: What is the Transfer Fee?

The Transfer Fee is a compulsory fee that must be paid to the Department for Transport. The transfer fee for the majority of numbers is £80, however for pre-owned numbers (where the number is transferring from a DVLA retention certificate), the transfer fee is £80.


Q: Can I hold a number if I don't have a vehicle to transfer it onto?

Numbers can be transferred from a vehicle, provided it is taxed, onto a retention certificate which is valid for 10 years.The cost is £80.00 payable to DVLA.