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What happens to a personalised number plate when you scrap a car?

You can keep your number plate when scrapping your car

The rules around keeping a personalised number plate are simple: you can keep your plate when you scrap your car, but there are some conditions attached. 

First, you must keep the vehicle’s logbook (V5C certificate) and submit an application to the DVLA that you want to retain your number plate. Next, you should complete the V317 form, submit the registration certificate and pay an £80 fee. It’s possible that the DVLA will want to inspect the vehicle as part of the application, so just bear this in mind.

You have two options when applying for a retention certificate. You can choose to keep the vehicle registration number and put it directly on another vehicle. Alternatively, you can just apply to keep the number without putting it on another vehicle. Remember that you will have to make sure to do this before the car is brought for scrap as it’s not an automatic process.

If you choose the latter, remember that you have to renew your right to use the number every 10 years. 


Rules around personalised number plates

In order to apply to retail your personalised number plate, your vehicle must be already registered with the DVLA and be able to move independently. It should have been taxed or have a SORN in place for the last 5 consecutive years. 

The DVLA is responsible for ensuring that all road users follow the laws set out on number plates. The reason that there isn’t a wide variety of number plate types is because the DVLA has exact rules on what can and cannot be seen on a plate (down to even the type of font that must be used). 

Did you know that you have the option to sell on your personalised number plate at auction when scrapping your car? The auctions are overseen by the DVLA and are held around 5 times per year. If you’ve decided to scrap your car and you’d like to make some extra cash by selling on your old number plate, then that could be an option for you. 

What happens to a personalised number plate when you scrap a car?

The process of scrapping your car is less complex than you think

Scrapping your car is a simple, cost-effective and environmentally friendly way of getting rid of old or broken vehicles. It’s important to choose a reputable authorised treatment facility when deciding to scrap your vehicle. Remember also that there are certain benefits based on where you live and incentives for scrapping. We’ve recently put together a guide to the London car scrap scheme which is just an example of the many types of government incentives available. 

They will submit the necessary documentation to the DVLA on your behalf once it’s been destroyed so that you will no longer be liable for taxes or other charges on the vehicle. Get a free quotation on how much you could earn when you scrap your car. 



When you decide to scrap your car, it’s normal to have lots of questions about the process. Check out our useful FAQ guide to answer all your questions. Here at Scrap Car Kings, we pride ourselves on making the process as easy as possible for you. We are rated 4.9/5 on Trustpilot, certified with the relevant environmental agencies and we pay the best prices in the market. Give us a call today

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