What is the retention scheme?
If you would like to buy a vehicle number but have not yet purchased the vehicle to display the registration mark, you may be able to retain the registration number onto a Retention Certificate (V778).
The Retention Certificate enables you to retain the mark for up to 10 years prior to being assigned and costs only £80.00. There are strict rules governing the use of retention certificates of which you must make yourself fully aware prior to using the service and please note that not all numbers can be offered on retention.
The Retention Certificate will be valid for 10 years. Should the registration not be assigned within that 10 year period the certificate can be extended for a further 10 years.