V750 Certificate of Entitlement: Explained

V750 Certificate of Entitlement: Explained

When your private registration number isn’t attached to a vehicle, you’ll need up-to-date forms to keep it. Otherwise, if your V750 form expires, you’ll lose your right to the number plate. 

In this guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the V750 Certificate of Entitlement. As a result, you can be confident that you won’t lose your registration. 

What is a V750 Certificate of Entitlement?

A V750 Certificate of Entitlement is a document issued by the DVLA that confirms the owner of a new personalised registration number. Specifically, one which hasn’t been assigned to a vehicle before. 

You can use the document to assign the registration number to a car, motorcycle or tricycle. Alternatively, you can keep the number without having to assign to a vehicle. 

What does it look like?

The V750 form is a pink A4 document. It includes:

  • Name of the grantee – the person with the right to the number

  • Name of the nominee – someone the number can be transferred to

  • Registration number – the characters and numbers on the number plate

  • Expiry date – the date that the document needs to be renewed by

What is the difference between a V750 and V778 form?

A V750 form is for new registration numbers, whereas a V778 form is for when you want to retain an existing personalised registration number. Both are used for when you want to keep your number plate, but don’t want to immediately assign it to a vehicle. 

How do I apply for a V750 form?

You can apply for a V750 via the DVLA. Simply create an online account, and follow the instructions to apply for a V750. Then, you’ll receive your form in the post. This usually takes 2–6 weeks, depending on the time of the year. 

What happens if my V750 form expires?

If your V750 Certificate of Entitlement expires, you’ll permanently lose your right to the registration number. You need to renew your documentation every 10 years to avoid this. Check the date on your V750 or V778 document and apply for a renewal well in advance, because the DVLA don’t accept applications after the expiry date. 

How do I renew my V750?

You can renew your V750 via the DVLA, either online or by post. If you want to apply online, use your online DVLA account and fill out the relevant information. If you want to apply by post, fill out the form and send it to the address on the document. 

What happens if my V750 form is lost or stolen?

If your V750 is lost or stolen, you can replace it with a duplicate document. This is assuming it hasn’t expired, and you’re the grantee (the person with the right to the number). You can’t apply for a duplicate if you’re only the nominee. 

You can apply for a duplicate via the DVLA online. Alternatively, send a letter to the DVLA asking for a replacement to the following address:

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If your address and/or name has changed since you first applied for the document, you’ll have to provide proof of your address and/or identity. For example, you may have to send a copy of a household bill, passport, council tax bill, or driving licence.

Transferring the registration number to a vehicle

A V750 document allows you to keep your registration without assigning it to a vehicle. However, if you change your mind, you can assign the number plate to a vehicle via the DVLA. If you want to learn more about this, follow our guide to assigning a number plate to your vehicle.

Frequently asked questions

How long does a V750 form last?

A V750 form lasts for 10 years before it expires. In this time, you can keep the registration number without assigning it to a vehicle. 

How long does it take to get a V750 certificate?

It usually takes 2–6 weeks to receive your V750 certificate from the DVLA. This depends on the time of year – for example, it may take longer during the Christmas period. Don’t request a duplicate form until you’ve waited at least 6 weeks since your application. 

Can I transfer my private plate to a vehicle without a V750?

You can transfer your private plate to a vehicle without a V750 form if you have a V778 certificate instead. V778 forms are for registrations which have already been assigned to a vehicle in the past, whereas V750 forms are for new registrations. 

Can I get my V750 online?

Yes, you can apply for a V750 certificate via the DVLA website. Simply create an account, fill out the form and wait around 2–6 weeks for the document to arrive. 

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