This is a thread for those members who already have or are thinking of purchasing a Personalised Registration Number. You can also discuss anything to do with PRNs but if you one of those people who do not like PRNs then please DO NOT comment in this particular thread.
As some background, I purchased my PRN which as most of you will realise from my forum ID is H5 DJR back in 1991 when the DVLA first allowed us to purchase particular numbers from the new numbers that were going to be issued for that year. This has now expanded to cover all numbers.
The first car my PRN went on was a 1991 Audi 90 2.3E and my new 8V A3 will be the 10th that has had the same number. One was a Golf 2.8 VR6 but all the others have been A3s. Personally I think a PRN is one of the best reasonably priced ways to personalise a car. Obviously you can pay large sums for some plates like A1, COM IC or similar but plates based on initials etc can be purchased from £399 upwards direct from the DVLA or from registered number plate dealers. The £399 figure includes the £80 fee the DVLA charge to transfer the number to a car. One important fact to remember is that the fee you pay for a PRN does not mean you actually own that number. It gives you the right to assign the number to your car but if you misuse it that right can be taken away by the DVLA Misuse includes things like using the wrong typeface, incorrect spacing etc. The plates with the Personalised Number must comply with all the current regulations for number plates. Details of the current requirements for displaying number plates are given here: http://www.gov.uk/displaying-number-plates
Full detail of all the processes involved can be found here: www.gov.uk/personalised-vehicle-registration-numbers/overview but here is a summary...
A new Personalised Registration Number
Basically when you buy a PRN you will be sent a form V750 Certificate of Entitlement. If you have a brand new vehicle that has not yet been registered, ask the vehicle dealer to register the vehicle with the new number. You will need to give the dealer your Certificate of Entitlement.
If the vehicle is already registered and has an existing registration number, you can apply to DVLA to have the new number assigned to the vehicle
Transferring a Personalised Number to another new car using a Retention Certificate
When you want to transfer your PRN to another new car follow the process outlined on the DVLA website at: www.gov.uk/personalised-vehicle-registration-numbers/transferring-a-registration-number
You will need to complete a V317 form "Application to transfer or retain an existing registration number" and send it together with the £80 transfer fee and £25 retention fee to the DVLA.
If the existing car has ever been issued with a registration number the DVLA will use the same number but if it has never had a 'normal' number allocated it will be given a new number related to it's age. You will receive a new V5C Registration Document showing the new number that has been allocated together with a form allowing you to get a new set of plates made. You will also get a Retention Certificate which is valid for 12 months. These often come in separate postings. You give this Retention Certificate to the dealer and they can then register the new car with you personal
number. Personally I find this is a much more straight forward and quicker process than having the new car registered with a normal number and then transferring your PRN afterwards. All of what needs doing can be done before you get the new car.
All the forms you need to complete can be downloaded from the DVLA website. When you complete them and send them to the DVLA keep copies just in case there is any problem.
When you next change your car you just go through the same procedure again. So far I have done it 9 times without any problems.
If anyone requires any further information, please post in this thread or send me a PM.