Can You Put a Private Plate on a Lease Car?

Written by Karen Bryan

If you want to buy a private number plate and put it on a lease car then this is possible, and it’s a fairly simple process. It does come with some procedures and paperwork, but as long as you follow the regulations, you should find putting the number plate on a lease vehicle quite easy.

In this day and age, more and more of us have lease cars and private number plates, so it is important that the two can combine. Experts in the motoring field predict that there will be very few people that own their own vehicle in 10 years-time. This is due to the wide variation of options when it comes to cars and the desire for a new one every few years.

If you are unsure of how to place your private plate onto your lease vehicle, then we’ve come up with a comprehensive guide on how to.

How to put a private plate on a lease car

  1. Purchase a private number plate
  2. Fill in the ‘Nominee Details’ on the V778 Retention Document
  3. Send the Retention Document to the DVLA
  4. Assign the private plate to a lease vehicle
  5. At the end of the contract, remove the plate

!. Purchase a private number plate

Before you consider putting the plate onto a lease vehicle you need to purchase a private number plate. You can buy a private plate on a website that buys and sells used plate, via the DVLA website or at an auction, or through an independent website. No matter which option you take, you will need to bring the required documentation with you. These documents must show proof of your name and address, as well as the documents to prove that you can purchase the plate.

2. Fill in the ‘Nominee Details’ on the V778 Retention Document

If your vehicle is on finance then it won’t be owned by you, but the finance company, therefore they will need to be named the nominee on the certificate. In the ‘Nominee Details’ section, the name of the finance company will need to be filled in. If you are unsure of who the company is then you should speak to a member of staff at the car showroom to confirm this.

3. Send the Retention Document to the DVLA

When you have filled out and confirmed all of the details are correct on the document, you will need to send it via post to the DVLA. You should send your form to the following address:

DLVA Personalised Registrations
Swansea
SA99 1DS

4. Assign the private plate to a lease vehicle

There are two ways you can assign the plate to the vehicle, either before or after it has been delivered. If you choose to have it put on before delivery then you need to send the Retention Document to the dealership once it has been returned by the DVLA. However, be aware that this may slow down the delivery process.

If you choose to have the plate put on the vehicle once it has been delivered then you can have the plate printed yourself and then you must fit it to the vehicle. Although this will speed up the delivery process, it will be an added expense.

5. At the end of the contract, remove the plate

Once your contract with the finance company has ended then you will need to have the plate removed before you give the vehicle back. You must contact the finance company at least 6 weeks prior to you end date and provide them with:

-A £105 check made payable to the DVLA

-The administration fee

-A cover letter to confirm the nominee’s details

When the finance company have received and confirmed these details you will be sent a letter of acknowledgement. If any of your documentation was missing they will contact you to inform you.

Now the DVLA have changed the registration number you must update the car’s number plate and then choose whether to put your private plate on retention or assign it to another vehicle.