Guide to buying a private plate for sale from us at Motoreg
If you are confused about how the process works, please read the information below, or give us a call on
How does buying number plates through Motoreg work?
Search our database of personalised registration plates
You can enter your initials, name or any text you like into our general search box, or use our pre-defined search that lists our private plates under the categories of Budget plates, New stock, Featured plates, Exclusive plates or name plates.
Our most popular choice of cherished number plates is the 'prefix' style, which consist of 1 letter followed by up to 3 numbers and then 3 more letters. Typically, the last 3 letters would refer to either your initials or nick name and where possible you might look to repeat your first name initial at the start of the plate. For example, Rachel Louise Marshall might want to consider a plate such as R90 RLM.
Also worth considering is the general shape of the word and number of substitutions. A word can be created using substitutions if the shape and letter count is correct. For example, from our own stock we have a registration SPU 2S, which most people immediately associate as reading SPURS.
View Plate Details
When you've identified a number that is of interest click the 'View Plate' button on our website to find out more details about the price, including VAT and any government fees.
Make an Enquiry
Then if you would like to go ahead with purchasing the number plate, complete the enquiry form, or give us a call on
It's good to talk! By calling us directly about a particular personalised number plate we can tell you if that plates is open to an offer – we can guarantee we will always do our best to offer the very best price to you.
We arrange payment of your registration plate by credit card over the phone. We then can arrange all the documentation for your transfer, if you do not have a car to transfer to currently we can arrange your Retention Certificate.
Things to consider when buying a personalised number plate
Vehicle registration numbers must be correctly displayed. It is an offence to alter, rearrange or misrepresent the letters and numbers to make words or names. You should not use any fixing bolts to change any letters or numbers.
When you have found the number plate you would like to purchase, make sure that it can be transferred to your vehicle. The basic rule is that you are not permitted to transfer a number plate to any vehicle if the vehicle itself is older than the year indicated by the indicator numbers or letter on the plate. For example, a car that originally had a 'M' year prefix plate may not display a 'Y' prefix plate as that would falsely make the vehicle appear younger than it is.
If you do not have a vehicle or you are buying the plate as a gift or simply wish to store your plate for future use, you may still purchase your registration and retain it on a special certificate until you are ready to transfer it to a vehicle. If you choose this method the registration mark will be issued in paper form on a Retention Document (V778) or a Certificate of Entitlement (V750).