Treating a friend or relative to a personalised registration is a great "gift for life", the DVLA has suggested. According to the company's marketing manager, they have become "hugely popular" as presents and could be ideal for Christmas or birthday for those who want something a bit different.
"With the choice of around 28 million registrations, we have something to suit everyone," he added. Prices start from about £250 so they could be a worthwhile treat for many car lovers. There are now many sites on the internet which sell plates.
There are a few restrictions to the service for example you cannot use a plate whose date is newer than the cars original plate, Q plates cannot be used as these are for imported vehicles and you cannot use a plate from a car that no longer exists. When you have purchased the plate DVLA will send you a Certificate of Entitlement (V750) which you will need when you are ready to put your personalised registration mark onto your vehicle.
However, if the registration on a car it is changed, the owner is required to inform the DVLA which will send the required form to the buyer which requests certain information. Car insurance providers also need to be told about this so they can update their records accordingly.