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New Regulations relating to the purchase of Acrylic Plates

From the 1st January 2003 new regulations governing the supply of number plates comes into effect. Number plate suppliers will be required to carry out certain identity and entitlement checks and to maintain records of the transaction.

This will mean that at the time of purchasing a number plate you must present an original identification and entitlement document from the list below. Photocopied or faxed documents cannot be accepted.

1. Valid identity documents are:

» driving licence, whether or not issued in the United Kingdom (UK) (with or without a photo)

» a bill from your electricity, gas or water supplier, a landline telephone bill, a council tax bill or rates bill in Northern Ireland (issued within the last six months)

» a bank or building society statement (issued within the last six months)

» a passport, whether or not issued in the UK

» a national identity card issued by the government of a state or territory other than the UK

» a debit or credit card issued by a bank or building society

» a police warrant card

» an armed forces identity card

2. Valid entitlement documents are:

» vehicle registration certificate (V5C or V5CNI)

» new keeper supplement (V5C/2 or V5C/2NI)

» certificate of entitlement (V750 or V750NI) to a vehicle registration number

» retention document (V778) (not applicable in Northern Ireland)

» a renewal reminder for a tax disc or SORN (V11 or V11NI)

» temporary registration certificate (V379 or V379NI)

» a number plate authorisation certificate (V948) with an official stamp from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) or Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA)

» a letter of authorisation from a fleet operator (including lease or hire company) - the letter must quote the document reference number from the registration certificate

The purchaser of a plate does not have to be the registered keeper.