Can You Add a Private Reg to a Lease Vehicle?
Yes, you can add your private plate to a lease car, if you get permission from the finance company. There are a few documents you need to obtain before adding your private registration on to your lease car.
We’ve put together a complete guide to adding and removing at the end of your lease a private registration to your vehicle.
Where is the private registration currently?
a. Recently purchased from the DVLA?
You’ll receive a V750 document shortly.
b. On a vehicle you currently own?
You cannot transfer a registration number from a private car to a lease car directly, you need to first put it on retention by using the V317 from the DVLA.
c. Held on a retention document V778?
The plate has been recently removed from a vehicle or on retention for some time.
Four steps to adding a private plate to your lease car
The following steps are the simplest way to add a private registration plate to your new lease vehicle.
1. Ask permission from the finance company
As you do not own the lease car, applying a private registration is purely at the discretion of the finance company. You’ll need to contact them directly – their contact number can be found in your policy documents.
2. Update the nominee details
You need to update the nominee details with the details of your finance company when you call to ask permission to apply the private registration.
The finance company will inform you of the correct address to fill in on the V778 or V750 form.
A V778 is a retention document and is an A4 green piece of paper.
A V750 is a Certificate of Entitlement and is an A4 pink piece of paper.
For full details on the process, please visit the DVLA website here
3. Post the documents to the finance provider
Post the updated retention V778 or V750 document to your funder. They may charge an admin fee for processing the paperwork.
The finance company will then send off the correct documents to the DVLA to complete the transfer.
4. Confirm the transfer is complete
Once the transfer is complete, the DVLA will send written confirmation to you. At this point you can fit the private number plate to the car. Do not fit your registration beforehand, as you could be fined.
Remember, you’ll also need to inform your insurance company of a registration number change before you drive the car.
Where can I get a private registration plate?
The DVLA has their own website with over 40 million plates for sale, plus there are numerous other number plate dealers which buy and sell private registrations.
Can I get a private plate made?
Number plates can be made at many well know motor factors, or online.
To have a personalised number plate made, you must prove your identity (usually with a passport or driving licence) and the right to have the plate made. You will also need the V5, V778 or the confirmation of plate change from the DVLA.
What happens when my car lease contract ends?
You’ll have to remove the private number plate from the vehicle.
Six weeks before the end of your lease contract, you should contact the funder explaining you wish to remove and retain your personalised number plate. They’ll complete a V317 and send it to the DVLA.
This process may be completed before your lease ends. You’ll need to swap back to the original number plate and inform your insurance company of the registration change, too.
How to remove my car registration plate?
The funder will usually charge admin fee to complete this process. The DVLA will also charge a retention fee of £80.
The DVLA will process the change and send the funder a new V5c (known as the logbook) and a V778 retention certificate, which they need to forward on to you.