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Private Number Plate Guide
If you have leased a car and have a private number plate or are thinking about getting one then the good news is that you will be able to put the registration on your vehicle. Take a look at our guide below for all the information you will need to know about private number plates and how you can put one on your lease car. If you already have a private number plate then you can skip down to When Can I Add My Private Number Plate?
A private number plate is sometimes referred to as a personalised number plate or cherished number plate.
This is a number plate that is uniquely designed and does not need to follow the usual age plate format.
You can choose from a selection of registration numbers that are available to buy.
If you do not already have a private number plate you will need to:
Please be aware that there are a few rules about putting a private registration on your new car. You can view the full list of restrictions on the DVLA's website but the ones that could apply to your lease car are:
Please be aware that when you apply for a personalised plate the DVLA ask that the vehicle be available for inspection if required. They will let you know if this is necessary.
There are a number of ways that you can buy a private registration:
When you are changing the registration on your lease vehicle to a private registration number then you will need to have number plates made for the new registration.
If you already have the plates then you will just need to wait until your funder confirms the change has been processed with the DVLA before putting them on.
If you have just purchased the registration number and need to have plates made it will be up to you to do this and the plates will need to be put on the vehicle as soon as the funder has confirmed that the registration has been changed.
You can only get number plates made from a registered plate supplier. Please check the DVLA’s site for your nearest supplier.
When having the plates made up you will need to take original documents that:
It will be your responsibility to pay for the plates to be made.
With a lease vehicle you will need to wait until the vehicle is live on the funder's system before you can arrange for a private registration number to be assigned to the vehicle and then use your personalised plates.
Once the vehicle has been delivered it will then be set live on the funder’s system. Please be aware that it may be a few days after delivery that your vehicle goes live on their system as we need to receive the delivery paperwork from the dealership and then pass this onto the funder.
We usually advise waiting until your initial payment has been taken before contacting your funder as the lease needs to be live before they can request this payment.
Even if we have arranged your current lease we will not be able to arrange for your private number plate to be transferred to the new lease vehicle before delivery as it can delay the delivery process.
The cost for putting a personalised registration on your lease vehicle varies between funder. It is best to check directly with them to confirm the charges, but you may also find more information on your funder’s guide below.
We have spoken to our main funders to get a little more information from each of them on their process. Just click your funder below to see what advice they give and what you will need to do in order to have your private number plate assigned to your lease car.
If your vehicle is funded through manufacturer finance then you will need to contact them directly, and the contact details are listed further down the page for you.
In order to put your private number plate on your vehicle ALD ask you to get in touch with them and provide the below:
This can be set to the at email@example.com or posted via recorded delivery to FAO Maintenance Admin Department, ALD Automotive Ltd, Oakwood Drive, Emersons Green, Bristol, BS16 7LB.
Once they have the necessary information ALD will then contact DLVA to have the private registration assigned to your vehicle, and then you will be able to put your number plates on the car.
ALD advise there is an admin fee of £48 for this process and this will be payable within 28 days of their invoice being raised and issued to you.
In order to add your private registration number to your vehicle Alphabet need your certificate of entitlement (V750) or retention certificate (V778) completed as per the below instructions:
Section 1 -
Section 6 - sign and date
This form should be sent to them at:
Cherished Plate Team,
Alphabet GB Ltd,
PO Box 1295,
Or you can scan a copy of it to the team at AlphabetCherished@bca.com
Alphabet has advised that there is an administration fee of £14.40 for this fee, which will usually be collected via the same payment method as your regular monthly payments.
Once your vehicle is delivered you will need to contact Arval directly to receive a personalised guide to their cherished plate process. This is because the guides they issue are unique to each registration number to make it even easier for you to follow. You can call them on 01793884455 or email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org to request this.
Please note Arval advises there is an admin fee of £24 including VAT to add your personalised registration to the car.
In order to put your private registration number plate on the vehicle LeasePlan will require a copy of your certificate of entitlement (V750) or the retention certificate (the V778) with sections 1 and 6 signed by the grantee / purchaser.
You will need to contact LeasePlan to get a copy of their retention checklist, which you will also need to print and complete then scan over to them. Both of these documents can be emailed to the team at email@example.com.
Along with sending these documents, you will need to make a payment to LeasePlan of £42 for their admin fee. This will need to be paid via credit / debit card via their online portal, and when you contact LeasePlan they will be able to confirm the process for you if you have any questions.
Once LeasePlan has received both the documents and payment they will confirm this via email within 48 hours. They advise once you have received this email it will usually take around 15 working days for your private registration to be assigned to the vehicle. They will email you again to let you know the process is completed, and this email will include a number plate authorisation certificate (eV948) and a letter of confirmation so that you can get new plates made up if needed.
In order to arrange for your personalised plate to be added to the vehicle you will need to send Leasys your certificate of entitlement (V750) or retention certificate (V778) completed as below:
Section 6 – Sign and date
Please do not fill in any other sections. These will be completed by Leasys if needed.
Once the document has been completed you will then need to email it across to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leasys advise there is an admin fee of £50 plus VAT. This will be charged to your account so you will not need to make a separate payment for this.
Once the registration has been changed Leasys will be in touch with you to advise that this has been authorised and you will need to change the plates.
You will need to contact Lex’s Cherished Plate Team directly in order to get a copy of their number plate assignment guide, which will walk you through the process of putting a private number plate on your lease vehicle. You can reach the team by calling 03448240706 (option 6 then option 5).
In order to add the number plate to your lease vehicle you will need to complete a completed copy of their declaration form, which the team will be able to provide you with. This can be emailed or posted to them along with a copy of your V778 or V750.
Lex advises that there will be an admin fee of £60 for putting your private registration number on the vehicle.
Mobilize Financial Services have advised that in order to put a personalised number plate onto one of their lease vehicles you will need to contact their admin house SAFO on either 01753260976 or Fleet.email@example.com and they'll be able to advise on the process for you.
Before you can put a private number plate on your Novuna lease vehicle you will need to put the registration number on retention with the Nominee as Mitsubishi HC Capital UK PLC.
You will then need to contact Novuna to arrange for the plate to be moved from retention onto the vehicle along with a copy of the retention documentation. You can send these to them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Novuna advises that they have an admin fee of £25 and there may also be a charge from the DVLA. You can pay this via their online portal or over the phone.
Santander has advised that in order to put your cherished plate on a lease vehicle they will need a copy of the retention or entitlement document and a signed copy of their terms for cherished plates. We can request a copy of these terms for you or you can request it directly from their team at email@example.com.
Please note, there will be an admin fee from Santander of £50 which can be paid by card over the phone, a BACs transfer or cheque. For more information on payment please give their team a call on 0344 848 9300.
If you are posting documents or a cheque this will need to be sent to:
FAO Fleet Admin
Santander Consumer Finance Contract Hire
PO Box 871
If your lease is funded through Wessex Fleet then you will need to send them your completed certificate of entitlement (V750) or retention certificate (V778) with the nominee details filled in with Wessex Fleet’s information. If you need to check anything when completing the form you can call their Customer Services Team on 01722322888 (option 3).
This form should be sent to the below address:
Wilton Shopping Village,
There would be a £75 admin fee for putting your private registration number on the vehicle. If you decide you would like to put a personalised number plate on the vehicle please get in touch with Wessex Fleet and they will advise you on how to make payment for this.
If you have any more questions about adding your private registration number to your lease vehicle then you will need to speak to your funder directly.
Just click below to see a list of finance companies and their contact details.
If your lease company is not listed above just give us a call and we can provide these for you.
When it’s time to return your lease vehicle you will need to arrange for the private plate to be removed before collection. For more information on returning your car just take a look at our End of Lease Guide.
To arrange for your private registration to be removed you will usually need to get in touch with the same team you contacted to have the plate added. Some of our funders have also provided us with information on this process for you as well. Just take a look below to see this advice.
Depending on your funder it can take up to six weeks for the private registration to be removed and put on retention for you with the DVLA. Please make sure you allow enough time before the end of your lease for this to be done prior to arranging collection as some funders will not arrange collection with the private number plate still on the vehicle.
Please be aware that the DVLA charges £80 for the plate to be removed and your funder may also have an admin fee for the process.
ALD advise that they currently have two options for removing the cherished plate at the end of your lease.
The first is to remove the private plate online which will automatically put the retention document in ALD's name and they would then send it to you once they receive the document. They have confirmed they will not hold any financial interest in the plate and you will be sent the retention document via recorded delivery once they have confirmed your address to send it to. You will then be able to transfer the registration to your name.
Alternatively, you can fill out a V317 form and this will allow them to put the retention document into your name. ALD has advised that the DVLA is currently working on an eight week timeframe to process these so you will need to contact them with enough time for this to process and arrange collection.
Please note there will be an £80 charge from the DVLA for this process and this can be issued as a cheque to the DVLA or ALD can issue a cheque on your behalf and invoice you the amount to be paid by card. If you are paying as a cheque then this will need to be sent to ALD at:
ALD Automotive Ltd,
Or you can email ALD on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alphabet has advised you will need to contact them at least six weeks before the end of the lease in order to arrange for your number plate to be put on retention. Again it will be the team at AlphabetCherished@bca.com that you should contact.
When you near the end of the lease you will need to contact Arval again to arrange for your private registration number to be removed from the vehicle. You can contact their team on email@example.com.
LeasePlan ask that you contact them at least six weeks prior to the end of your contract to arrange for your private number plate to be removed as this will need to be done before they can arrange collection of the vehicle. Their contact number is 03444935812 and you'll need to select option 4.
They will then let you know what you need to do to put your private registration on retention and any administration charges involved with this.
There will be an £80 fee from the DVLA for the process.
In order to arrange for your private number plate to be put on retention you will need to contact Leasys to arrange for a V317 application form to be completed.
Please be aware that you will need to get in touch with them at least six weeks before you need to arrange collection as the retention process may take this long.
There will be a charge of £80 from the DVLA to put the private registration on retention and Leasys charge an admin fee of £50 + VAT for this process as well.
Lex advise that they will need eight weeks’ notice that you need to remove your private number plate before your lease is due to end. This is to ensure the retention process with the DVLA is completed and there is still time to arrange collection before the end of the contract.
You can contact the team on LACherished@bca.com or 0344 824 0706 and they will be able to confirm the process and any associated costs for you.
When you near the end of your lease you will need to get in touch with Novuna again to arrange for the number plate to be put on retention. They advise you to contact them six to eight weeks before the end of the lease and provide the plates as instructed by the DVLA.
To arrange for the cherished plate to be put on retention again Novuna has advised that there is a cost of £105, £80 of which is the fee due to the DVLA and £25 is their administration fee for the process. They will require this to be paid and an email from you with the correct contact details to arrange this.
The email can be sent to them at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can contact them on 03444 632 900.
Santander has two methods of removing the plate at the end of your lease.
The first is an online process which you complete and they will then have the plate put on retention. It will be in their name but they will complete the relevant sections of the form to say they have no interest in the plate and you will be able to complete the other necessary sections to have it transferred back into your name.
The second is to complete a V317 form which is then sent to the DVLA and the car is put into retention with you as the nominee. Please be aware that this is a longer process and you will need to complete it around eight weeks prior to the end of your contract. If you opt for this route you will need to let Santander know once you receive the retention document so they can update their system with the correct registration.
Santander have an admin fee of £50 for the process and there will also be the £80 DVLA fee to pay.
When it comes to the end of the lease you will need to put your registration number on retention if you would like to keep it.
In order to do this, you will need to download the V317 form from the DVLA’s website, complete this and post it to Wessex Fleet at the below address:
Please note that there will be £75 admin fee from Wessex Fleet as well as the DVLA charge of £80. Please get in touch with Wessex Fleet to arrange for these payments to be made.
An age plate is the age related number plate that is assigned to a vehicle in line with the year it was first registered.
This is usually the registration plate that would have been assigned to the vehicle when it was first delivered.
When you remove your private number plate the vehicle will need to have the age related plate put back on the vehicle.
You will need to arrange for the number plate to be removed from the vehicle and transferred to your new vehicle. Please see the above guides for removing your private registration or get in touch with your funder to confirm their process for this.
You will need to inform your insurance company of the change of registration once this is processed by your funder, both when you put the private plate on and when you take it off.
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