If you own a personalised number plate or would like to keep your current number plate once you sell your current car, continue reading to discover how to put your number plate on retention.
Why you may be interested in putting your number plate on retention:
If you’ve grown attached your number plate or purchased a special personalised number plate, it’s well worth keeping your number plate, so that when you purchase a new car, you’ll be able to place your old number plate on your new car.
Alternatively, you may also be interested in putting your current number plate on retention if you’d like to put your personalised plate aside for the time being, without worrying about another individual paying for the rights to your personalised plate. Check out, New Reg.co.uk
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However, there is a legal process which you have to follow in order to put your number plate on retention, to confirm that your number plate is no longer associated with your old car.
How to put a number plate on retention:
1. Fill out a V317 form
In order to disassociate your number plate from your old car, you’ll need to download a V317 form online, from gov.uk.
2. Be prepared to pay a fee
In order to disassociate a car from a number plate, you’ll be required to pay a processing fee. However, if your number plate has a special significance, you should find that the small fee which you’ll be required to pay, will be well worth it.
3. When you purchase a new car, you’ll need to fill out a V5C registration certificate to associate your number plate with your new car
As soon as you decide to have your old number plate placed on a new car, you’ll need to fill out a V5C registration certificate, in order to associate your new car with your number plate.
4. Remember that you have up to 10 years to register your old number plate to a new vehicle
While you don’t have to register your number plate to a new car straight away, in order to keep your special number plate, you’ll need to associate your number plate with a new car within a 10 year period.
If it gets close to 10 years and you’d like to hang on to your personalised number plate, don’t be too concerned as you’ll be able to download and fill out another V317 form in order to renew the ownership of your number plate for another 10 years.
If you were wondering if you’d have to pay to process a second V317 form, the answer is no. Once you’ve paid for your first V317 registration, you will not be charged for filling out and filing subsequent V317 forms.
So if you’d like to retain your current number plate, for the foreseeable future, it’s great to know that there are multiple different ways to keep your desired number plate, for as long as you see fit. That is of course as long as you follow all of the laws and regulations which are outlined above.
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