DVLA Personalised Registrations - why are they so desirable?
9th Jun 2014
It\'s not only the rich and famous who buy personalised number plates. Despite the economic downturn, they are still big business.
Last year the UK\'s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency raised £67m from the sale of personalised number plates. But why do people still buy them?
For the thousands of drivers who actually have personalised number plates, they are regarded as a statement of individuality or an investment.
Personalised plates have been around for decades but have only been held back for separate sale since 1983. Four styles are available, based on the format of plates issued in different eras:
Dateless, which can be any combination of up to four numbers, followed by up to three letters - or vice-versa - tend to be the most desirable because they hide a vehicle\'s age and are only sold at auction.
Plates with age identifiers - such as 62 for 2012, or prefix M for 1994 - can only be used on a vehicle of equal age or newer. People must register with the DVLA to have a new plate put on a vehicle.
Registrations can be transferred to other vehicles - for a fee - but once a car is scrapped the registration cannot be resurrected. You can\'t rearrange characters or alter them to make them hard to read.
The DVLA has raised £1.8bn for the Treasury since 1989, in sales through its auctions and website.
Piers England is an auctioneer from the DVLA\'s auction company, SMA Vehicle Remarketing. He believes personal registrations are fun to have.
\"We call them marmite products - you either love them or hate them,\" he says.
\"It\'s an expression of your own individuality. What I like about them is that you can have a lot of fun relatively cheaply. It\'s the ultimate personalisation. I have one.\"
People can buy an individual plate online from A. Kahn Design at any time, and there are 61 registrations currently available. Our collection holds some of the most sought after registrations in the world including F1, 4 HRH, 0077, 4 AK, 180 and many more.
You never know, you may be featured on the ‘N33 WWS’ if you offer a record breaking figure for Afzal Kahn’s ‘F1’ registration, which was purchased for a cool £460,000 in 2008, and has only increased in value.