When Should You Renew Your Private Registration?

If you are the owner of a private registration plate, at some point, you must renew your right to use it. This can vary depending on when you got the private plate. Even so, knowing when to renew it may be confusing for some, is it a specific time of the year? Or is it different for everyone?

This blog will answer the question ‘When should you renew your private registration?’

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How do you renew your private registration?

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Renewing your private registration can be done by post or online.

Renew your V750 online

  • You can renew your V750 by using the DVLA personalised registration account you used to buy your private (personalised) number.

Renew by post

  • Fill in the form on the V750 or V778.
  • Send the V750 or V778 to the address on the form.

Do I need to renew a normal or customised number plate?

No. If your vehicle already came with a regular number plate, or if you got a customised replacement, such as a 3D or 4D number plate, it does not require renewal after a period of time.

When should you renew your private registration?

When should you renew your private registration?

If you own a private registration that was bought after 2015, you have to renew the private registration 10 years after purchase. Renewal must take place a maximum of 28 days before the renewal date approaches. If you renew the registration prior to this timeframe, it will likely be rejected.

If your private registration was bought before 2015, the frequency of renewal increases. You should contact the DVLA in order to ascertain the renewal dates for your plate. Alternatively, check your V778 / V750 document.

Renewal of your private plate is only necessary if the plate is not attached to the vehicle.

What happens if I don’t renew my private plate?

Failure to renew your private plate results in you losing the right to use the number plate at all. This means that there is a possibility of somebody else legally being able to use the same characters on a private plate that you once had.

Why is renewal needed in the first place?

In certain circumstances, renewal of a private plate can be a helpful process, especially in situations where the private plate owner is incarcerated, deceased or not driving any more at all. This can allow other people who want the same characters to legally obtain them on their private plate.

Normally, if you wanted a private plate, but the characters you wanted were already taken, you can still obtain that private plate by purchasing it from the owner, or hoping that they forget to renew it.

The renewal process allows for any person who can’t renew their plate to relinquish their ownership of it. Renewal of a private plate is entirely free, so it is not a financial burden in any way either.

What happens if you drive without renewing your private plate?

What happens if you drive without renewing your private plate?

If you do not renew your private plate, and attach it to your vehicle and drive with it after the fact, you will suffer legal consequences, including fines, points on your licence and removal of the plate in question.

As you do not legally own this plate any more, you do not have the right to use it. You are technically driving with an invalid number plate that does not belong to you. This is why you should renew your private plate if you plan to use it again.

Can you customise a private number plate?

Yes. If you own a private plate, there is an option in which you can receive a customised version. You can do this by visiting a legal plate manufacturer such as Bespoke Plates.

All you need to bring is all the relevant documents of ownership, in addition to the corresponding identification, after that, you just tell us what kind of customisations you want!

What are the rules for customising a private plate?

When it comes to customising a private plate, the rules are the same as customising a regular number plate. As long as your custom plate complies with the following rules, it is completely legal. As per the legal guidance, the ruling on number plates is as follows…

The number plates on your vehicle must:

  • be made from a reflective material.
  • display black characters on a white background (front plate).
  • display black characters on a yellow background (rear plate).
  • not have a background pattern.
  • be marked to show who supplied the number plate.
  • be marked with a British Standard number—this is ‘BS AU 145e’ for plates fitted after 1 September 2021.

The characters must not be removable or reflective. If your number plates were fitted after 1 September 2021, they must also be a single shade of black.

Your number plates can also:

  • have 3D (raised) characters.
  • display certain flags, symbols, and identifiers.
  • display a green flash, if you have a zero-emission vehicle.

Any customisation that breaches these rules will result in your plate becoming a show plate. Show plates are number plates made specifically for decoration, they can have a much more extravagant customisation than a legally-compliant custom plate.  Show plates are illegal to use on a vehicle.

Any reputable plate manufacturer such as Bespoke Plates will tell you immediately when your customisation has crossed the legal threshold.

How to customise a normal number plate?

Getting your own bespoke custom number plate is relatively simple. In most cases, you can even do it from the comfort of your own home! If you opt to use Bespoke Plates, you can order a custom number plate directly from our website.

Let us walk you through the process of choosing your plate through us.

  1. Head to the Bespoke Plates website
  2. Select the plate style you want under the “Build Your Plate” tab. Alternatively, you can follow this link.
  3. Enter your registration (You can press ‘preview’ to see your registration with all the modification options you have selected.)
  4. When selecting your chosen plate, you can opt for 3D/4D options, a Hex plate, and whether you want a legal plate or a show plate.
  5. Select preferred optional accessories.
  6. Decide if you are collecting with installation, or if you want it to be delivered.
  7. Confirm your order!

Installing through Bespoke Plates ensures the best service & secure installation for your number plate, along with guidance for any questions you may have.

Find your perfect private number plate today

Find your perfect private number plate today

In this blog, we have highlighted our plate options and the information you need to obtain our stylish customisation options for your vehicle. We aim to have confidently displayed everything you need to know regarding the question ‘When should you renew your private registration?’

We hope that we have provided all the right answers and options for all of your plate modification needs.

Bespoke Plates has all the options you can ask for, as an approved registration vendor we can guarantee your modification abides by the DVLA rules whilst offering same-day collections and full fitting service.

To get in touch and discuss the full fitting service we offer with our plates, you can talk to one of the members of our team by:

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