Many drivers like the idea of having cherished number plates. Cherished plates have meaning to vehicle owners, whether it is their initials or those of a loved one, a favourite word, or the name of a favourite team. However, you cannot simply buy a cherished plate and stick it on your vehicle. Gaining a solid understanding of cherished number plates and your legal obligations ensures you can safely and proudly display your cherished plate.
Learning About What a Cherished Number Plate Is
A cherished number plate is essentially a personalised number plate for your vehicle. Whether you want a name on your plate, like Sam, Jon, or Sue, initials, a phrase such as 'Road Warrior', or a team name, like Arsenal, you can find some configuration which fits the bill. However, because of legal obligations regarding spacing and number and letter requirements, you may have to reduce the number of characters or switch some letters for numbers. Cherished number plates also refer to dateless plates for vehicles pre-1963.
Satisfying the DVLA with Your Cherished Number Plate Application
Before you can use your cherished number plate, you have to apply to the DVLA to request that the organisation issues you permission and certification for your new plate. Applying to the DVLA to assign you your personalised registration number requires you to complete form V62. You must also have the certificate of entitlement, a V750 or V778, which is a retention certificate, along with the V5C or new vehicle keeper supplement. Additionally, if your car or vehicle is more than three years old, you must also have a current MOT certificate.
Ensuring Your Cherished Number Plate Meets the Legal Requirements
Your number plate must meet all the legal requirements; otherwise, the authorities can fine you, insist you remove the plate, and even seize your vehicle, in some circumstances. If the plate is not legal, your car will fail the MOT. Do not use your new number plate until you have all the paperwork from the DVLA approving your application. You cannot add a cherished number plate to a Q plate vehicle and you cannot purchase a plate that makes your car look newer than it really is. Your plate must clearly display the registration, using a standard character font, so your plate cannot use italics, multi-stroke fonts, or shadow fonts. Each character, for vehicles newer than 2001, must be 79 mm high and 50 mm wide, apart from '1' or 'I'. There must be 11 mm between each character and 33 mm between character groups. You cannot deface the number plate or use the bolt fixtures to alter the character configurations, such as adding a bolt to the gap in the letter 'C' to make an 'O'. This can result in the permanent withdrawal of your personalised number plate registration.