No, the transfer fee is always payable at the time of purchase.The DVLA will not provide assignment or retention certificates prior to receipt of payment.
Why are some registration numbers more expensive than others?
As a rule, the older, more rare plates are more expensive than those still being supplied by the DVLA (both new style and prefix).
When you want to assign your chosen registration number to a vehicle you will need to contact the DVLA and provide them with your vehicle's V5C with the DVLA V750 Certificate of Entitlement or DVLA V778 Retention Document.
The receiving vehicle must hold a valid MOT (if applicable) and be taxed.
You may not attempt to make a vehicle look newer than it actually is by displaying a registration bearing a more recent year identifier code (whether suffix, prefix or current style two-digit code).
For example, you may not put a plate with an S year suffix on a car that originally carried an R suffix registration (or on any car older than that).
You may choose to pay the Department for Transport fee and retain it, otherwise the registration is automatically made void. Some transfers are done the same day your V5C is received.
If you choose not to retain the number then you may dispose of the old plates when you fit your new ones. There is some variation in the time taken to complete depending upon the circumstances of the transfer in question.
Then at time of transfer, you will have nothing to pay to assign the number to your vehicle. Upon completion of your purchase you will be given the option to create an account that will give you access to our online tracking facility at https://
Customers who have purchased from us before and who have already created their account will be able to use their existing log in details What restrictions apply to the transfer of a registration with a year letter?