Personal registration plates

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  1. GaryMo

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    I've applied to have my personal registration plate to be put on a 12 month retention. Today I received my replacement V5C and I assume the replacement MOT certificate and tax disc will follow in a few days or so.

    When can I put the original registration plate back on? Do I need to wait for the replacement tax disc so the details match?
     
  2. Ron240

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    If you have the new V5C you can put the registration number as stated onto the car straight away.
     
  3. GaryMo

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    Just for clarity - 10 years ago I bought a Golf. I then transfered a personal plate onto the Golf. My Golf is now going as a trade in for a S-Max so I've applied to have the personal plate put onto retention until I get the S-Max so I can transfer in onto that. I've already received the retention certificate from DVLA for my personal plate and a couple of days later (yesterday) received a new V5C for my Golf showing the original plate. I've not received the replacement tax disc or MOT yet.

    I assumed I would need to display a tax disc that matches the original plate as my current tax disc displays my personal plate. However, I think you're correct as in one of the options when when calling the DVLA may well have said the same but I wasn't sure. Maybe you just confirmed that was correct. Thanks.
     
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    I understand what youre doing, and i done a similar thing last year, although it was the dealer that put the plate onto retention after my car was traded in.
    Because you have already received the new V5C, as far as DVLA are concerned all the paperwork has been done regarding the number change, and any check will confirm that your Golf officially has its original number.
    You should put the original number on the Golf now, because until you do it is displaying the wrong plate.
    Your replacement tax disc should arrive in the next few days.
     
  5. GaryMo

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    Thanks again Ron. Luckily I kept the original plates so it's a two minute swap.
     
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    It's interesting. I've always shied away from doing via the post and went to a local vro to do this in person so you can walk out with all the correct paperwork complete.
     
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    You'll be lucky to walk in and do it now. Our local dvla office won't do it any more. Between them and an incompetent dealer it's taken 10 weeks to transfer my mrs' plate on to her new car...
     
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    Which is the best way to do it.
    Unfortunately we wont have this option for much longer though, because all 39 DVLA Local Offices will be closed by December this year.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dvla-local-office-closure-plan-announced
     
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    Oh dear, that is a shame...
     
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    Damn, I always do transfer 'in person' too.
    This maybe explains why all the staff had long faces last time I was in.
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    Yep. It's a right pain - 3 weeks to get the retention document back and then another 3 to get the transfer approval onto the new car (plus a month of dealer incompetence thrown in for good measure!). I used to just pop in with the forms to put it on retention and then pop back with retention doc and new car V5 and get it sorted on the spot - but no more :(
     
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    On the two occasions I've moved a number, I've made the dealer do it for me.
     
  13. GaryMo

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    You WILL manage the transfer of my plate! :eek: :devil:
     
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    Definitely the easiest option, if you're changing cars via a dealer.
    We tend to sell privately though, then search for a new car.
    So we need to put the plate on retention in between.

    With regard to forthcoming postal applications, presumably we will have to send photocopies of our existing tax disc with the application?
    Then return the existing original once the new original comes?
     
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    No, just enter the serial number and expiry of your existing tax disc then destroy it when the replacement arrives
     
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    That makes more sense, seeing as not everyone has access to a copier.
     
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    That's what we did - hence 4 weeks of random dealer incompetence added into the mix. We'll be doing our own from now on...
     
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    I must admit, I don't trust dealers to transfer a plate myself.
    I've seen examples of several people having to wait longer for their new cars than they thought, because of dealer delays.
    Better to just take it on the normal plate and sort it yourself later, I reckon.
     
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    Exactly. After the price is agreed. At no cost to me. Or I walk. (And, I did, once; got a better deal at another dealer.) Simples.
     
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    +1 that is what I do as well.
     

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