How do I buy a personalised number plate?

November 18, 2014 • News

Personalised number plate

If you’re the proud owner of a Mercedes-Benz, you’re already driving one of the best cars in its class. For many motorists the icing on the cake will be a personalised number plate.

Personalised registrations are not just status symbols for celebrities and the super rich. Ordinary people buy them to promote their business, express their individuality or just for fun. Most are affordable and they make great gifts, too.

The best place to look is the Driver Vehicle & Licensing Agency (DVLA) website (, which currently has more than 42 million registrations available to buy online.

If you’re new to all this, here are some answers to FAQs to help you get started:

Q – Are the registrations sold by DVLA new or old?

A – All of the registration numbers sold by the DVLA have never previously been issued or used on vehicles.

Q – What kinds of personalised registrations does the DVLA sell?

A – The DVLA offers four styles for sale: the current style (issued to new vehicles since September 2001), prefix, suffix and dateless.

Q – How do I find and buy my ideal personalised registration?

A – Use the search engine on the DVLA website. If it is available at a fixed price, simply click on ‘buy now’ and follow the instructions.

Q – How can I buy a plate that is up for auction?

A – The DVLA holds several auctions a year at venues across the country, with around 1,500 of the more sought-after registrations in each sale. You can register as a bidder at

Q – Can I bid for a registration online?

A – Yes, you can bid over the internet and by telephone or text. You can also bid online in timed auctions.

Q – Where do I get the new plates for my car?

A – The DVLA does not supply the actual plates to be fitted to your vehicle. These have to be purchased from a registered number plate supplier.

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