Acrylic number plates are the actual number plates fixed
to your vehicle. Acrylic is the true description of the
material they are made from to comply with British Safety standards.
The Law regarding the supply of acrylic number plates in England
In order for a set of acrylic numberplates to be made for you in Wales
or England you now have to prove your legal entitlement to them and provide
a visual identification check at the point of sale.The regulations regarding
the supply of an acrylic number plate arise from the Vehicles (Crime)
In September 1998, the Vehicle Crime Reduction Action Team
[VCRAT] was established by the Home Office to develop and implement a
strategy to meet the Government target to reduce vehicle crime by 30%
by 2004. VCRAT recommended the introduction of a statutory registration
scheme to control the supply of acrylic number plates. This scheme is
designed to make it more difficult for thieves who put fake number plates
on stolen vehicles to make them appear legitimate. It will be more difficult
for criminals to get acrylic number plates because they will need to provide
proof that they are entitled to them.
The regulations regarding the supply of acrylic number plates
in England and Wales came into force on the 1st January 2003. From that
date all number plate suppliers in England and Wales are required by law
to register their details with DVLA. From that date a business will be
unable to trade as a supplier unless it is registered.
What documents will I need to take to my acrylic
number plates supplier?
The acceptable documents for verification of personal details
A current photocard driving licence (preferred); or
Bank/Building Society statement or a recent utility
bill with one of the following:-
Current paper driving licence
Credit/debit card with photograph
Travel pass card with photograph
Foreign national identity card
The acceptable proof of entitlement should be:
Registration Document [V5] preferred (this includes
Certificate of entitlement to a mark [V750], or
Cherished transfer retention document [V778], or
Vehicle Licence Renewal [V11], or
Authorisation slip [V948] from DVLA local office with
official DVLA stamp. This will apply when DVLA authorises a customer
to buy plates bearing a particular registration mark, e.g. in the
case of a cherished transfer, or
An extract from the schedule of vehicles supplied by
a hire/leasing company, or
A letter of authority from Fleet Operators on company
headed note paper with contact details stating that the company holds
the Registration Document [V5] and quoting either the document reference
number or the vehicle identification number, or
Certificate of Vehicle Registration / temporary export
It is expected that Scotland and Northern
Irish acrylic number plate suppliers will have to comply with similar
laws in the very near future.
What different types of acrylic number plate can I buy?
Apart from plain white or yellow numberplates you are also allowed to have the following emblems and wording positioned to the left hand side of your number plates:-
WELSH FLAG with 'CYM' SCOTTISH FLAG with 'SCO'
UNION JACK with 'GB' ST GEORGE CROSS with 'ENG'
EUROSTARS SYMBOL with 'GB'- with this symbol no other GB sticker is needed on your vehicle when you travel to continental Europe
Can I legally order acrylic number plates online
or by mail order?
It is not illegal to order an acrylic number plate in this
way but it would be illegal for a supplier in England or Wales to supply
you, without visually checking your personal identification and legal
entitlement to the number plates you are ordering.
You must ask yourself whether it is wise to trust any firm with your personal details, who is prepared to break the law, or if it would be safer to go elsewhere.
Swansea coordinates the entire transfer of your personalised registration
with DVLA * Swansea and local DVLA * Local Offices in the United Kingdom
& Northern Ireland when you opt for our Full Transfer or Sale Service.
Our expert team will provide you with instruction and telephone support
if you choose our less expensive DIY Transfer Service. An online 'Purchase
Offer' supported by suitable payment card takes priority over any other
enquiry. VRM Swansea sell number plates owned by clients, government stock
and our own stock on a 'first come, first served basis'. All registrations
offered for sale are subject to availability and payment is taken only once
availability and price are confirmed**. Our systems record telephone conversations
and the date and time of all communication. We shall debit your payment
card if your offer is accepted and provide confirmation either way**. Under
the distance selling regulations we must inform you that our service begins
immediately upon payment being taken, that no cooling off period or refunds
are given and you will not be able to change your mind. Your instructions
will be acted upon immediately and the assignment /transfer process started
to ensure your choice is not sold by us to anyone else. This is a Government
process which the Government will not cancel or change once they receive
our instructions. Please be absolutely sure about your selected number plate
before placing your order.
the case of pre-release new-issue offers we will take payment prior to the
registration mark series release date in order to confirm your desire to
proceed and ensure we do not offer the registration mark you have chosen
to anyone else.If for any reason your offer is not accepted by the Secretary
of State for Transport on the release date, then you will receive a full
refund by the payment method you have used to make your offer. The Secretary
of State's decision to accept or reject your offer is final and we cannot
be held responsible for it, in any way. If your offer is rejected then you
may choose another registration subject to sufficient funds being pre-lodged
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