If you’re selling your car on Motorway, but wish to keep your private number plate, that’s fine. This is called putting your private plate on retention.
First, you have to visit the government website to apply for an alternative registration for the vehicle. Usually, your vehicle will be re-assigned the original registration that it had before the personalised number plate was assigned. If you are successful, you’ll be sent a new V5C logbook for the vehicle and a V778 form, which proves you still have the right to assign your private plate to another vehicle for the next ten years. This process costs £80 (at the time of writing). Getting a new V5C logbook online normally takes just three to five working days, but if you require one by post, you may have to wait up to eight weeks.
If you start selling your vehicle on Motorway and are part-way through putting your private plates on retention and securing a different vehicle registration, please wait until the process is complete before you proceed with your sale. If you’ve started profiling your vehicle on the Motorway app or website, you can save your progress and continue later.
Once you have your replacement registration and V5C logbook, please upload the three first pages to your profile, as well as your driving licence. To prevent any delays in the review of your documents, please ensure all uploaded documents have the whole document in view, the image is clear, and any text is readable.
If you experience any difficulties uploading your documents, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.