Number Plates

DVLA Backlog

Most of the country were put into lockdown back in March 2020 due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the world. DVLA were just one of the government bodies that closed most of its services as most of their staff were furloughed.

A reduced staff returned to work at DVLA on 12th June after nearly 3 months on lockdown. This closure has meant that many classic car enthusiasts, motor dealers and general members of the public that had sent in paper applications just before the lockdown have been in limbo as nothing has been processed and basically any paperwork has just been lying in the offices at DVLA. Some of the online services which have been crucial for many however have also had problems which have not seen transfers being processed, and mot and car tax exemptions not being able to be declared and sorted online and therefore having to be sent in as postal applications knowing that the backlog could mean further delays in the processing of the applications. A DVLA spokesperson has said that they are processing the applications as quickly as possible but for some people that has also led to them not being able to use their vehicles.

This has also had an effect with number plate transfers. Most applications can be done using the DVLA online facility but for some where they have purchased a cherished number plate and their vehicle is a classic or imported vehicle or there is an issue regarding sorn or car tax then these applications have not been able to be done online and some customers paperwork has been at DVLA for the whole 3 months of lockdown. If you have any queries they are now answering some telephones in some of their departments at DVLA Swansea but it may be worth waiting a few weeks for them to clear the backlog if you have to send in something to them. Remember always take copies of anything you need to send and if you do manage to speak to an advisor then take a reference number to help if you need to make any further corresponding calls.

We at Motor Marks may be able to help with some of your queries so if you need any advice we are happy to try and help.

Father’s Day Number Plates

June 21st 2020 will see Father’s Day once again and this year why not give the gift of a cherished number plate instead of the usual socks or ties or beer. A cherished number plate is not only a personal gift to the person you call DAD but is also a great investment for the future. We have many cherished number plates and have a huge database where you can search over 40 million number plates online.

As well as having quality dateless personalised number plates we offer cheap bargain number plates and discount number plates that start from as little as £25 plus vat and transfer fee of £80 making £110 in total.

We have fun number plates if you want something a little quirky and we have current style and prefix style number plates. Why not give one of our sales staff a call on 0116 235 0116 where they can help you decide. We can supply the number plate on a retention certificate that is valid for up to 10 years or we can arrange the transfer for you so you do not have to anything.

Fathers Day was founded in America. The first celebration was in Spokane Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd who was born in Arkansas. She was inspired by the American Mother’s Day celebrations and wanted to plan a day to honour fathers. Her father was the Civil war Veteran William Jackson Smart who was a single parent who raised his 6 children there. The celebrations in the United Kingdom are thought to have been inspired by this custom.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s, Grandad’s, Brother’s, Uncle’s, Son’s, Nephew’s etc we hope you all have a wonderful day…..

VE DAY 75 YEARS 1945 – 2020

Well this Friday 8th May 2020 will mark 75 years since VE Day. VE Day stands for Victory in Europe Day and is the day we celebrate the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its Armed Forces on Tuesday 8th May 1945.

Germany’s leader Adolph Hitler had committed suicide on 30th April during the Battle of Berlin and Germany’s surrender was authorised by his successor Reichsprasident Karl Donitz. The administration which was headed by Karl Donitz was known as the Flensburg Government and the act of military surrender was first signed on 7th May 1945 at 02.41 in Shaff HQ at Reims and a slightly modified document was signed in Berlin on 8th May 1945. Most countries around the world celebrate the end of World War II on 8th May.

This year should have seen many street parties and gatherings and special commemorations around the world marking the 75th Anniversary, however due to the Covid 19 all these planned events have had to be put on hold until we can all celebrate when this pandemic is over.

We would like to honour this day and pay tribute to everyone that made this day happen.

Part of the Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s VE Day speech as he waved to the crowds from the Ministry of Health balcony on 8th May 1945 was:

“My dear friends, this is your hour. This is not a victory of a party or of any class. It’s a victory of the great British nation as a whole.

Although we will be staying at home this year to celebrate we shall raise a glass to all those that made VE Day happen we are truly honoured.

We have some cherished number plates that we feel mark the occasion

Number Plates – St Georges Day

April 23rd is St Georges Day, what do we know about how it came about? Well Saint George’s Day which is also known as the Feast of Saint George is celebrated by various Christian Churches and by the several nations, kingdoms, countries and cities of which Saint George is the patron saint which include England and regions of Portugal and Spain (Catalonia and Aragon.

This year St Georges Day 2020 is going to be a strange one and most of us will be at home helping to save lives and protect our fabulous NHS and won’t be celebrating St Georges day like we would normally.

We at Motor Marks have many GEORGE related cherished number plates. You can browse through our huge database of cherished number plates or alternatively why not give us a call on 0116 235 0116.

As well as having various name personalised number plates we also stock cheap bargain number plates from as little as £25 plus vat and transfer fee.

Number Plates 2020

So we are well into 2020 and we all hope that you had a fabulous Christmas and New Year which actually seems like a lifetime ago.

How many of you have broke your New Year resolutions already? All those that were going to get fit, lose weight, give up smoking, give up drinking etc

Well one thing you don’t need to give up on is owning your own cherished car number plate. With prices starting from as little as £116 all inclusive for a cheap bargain number plate you won’t break the bank and you won’t need to take out a loan for it !!

With a searchable database of over 1 million personalised and DVLA private number plates to choose from we are sure that we will have something to suit your requirements.

Give us a call 0116 235 0116 we will be more than happy to help.

Number Plates – Perfect Christmas Gift

Instead of the usual gifts of chocolates, gold, perfume socks, clothes, games etc give the gift that will last and that is also an investment. Whether you decide on a cheap bargain number plate to take the age off the vehicle or a cover number plate or if you want to go that little more expensive and go for his/her name or initials for the personalised number plate there is still time to get one before the big day arrives.

If you need a little help in deciding, why not give our sales staff a call on 0116 235 0116 they will be more than happy to help or alternatively if you want to browse our huge database of cherished number plates then just clickhere

We have bargain number plates that are as little as £116 all inclusive ranging into the thousands. We will provide you with all the necessary information and will process the transfer for you online (where applicable) it can all be done in a few minutes once payment is made and cleared.

Wishing all our customers old and new a very Merry Christmas

Retention Certifcate V778’s and Certificate of Entitlement V750’s Important News

IMPORTANT NEWS – IMPORTANT NEWS – IMPORTANT NEWS

As from 18th December 2019 you will no longer be able to renew out of date retention certificate V778’s or Certificate of Entitlement V750’s. The DVLA Swansea are implementing these changes and the cut off date for renewing any out of date certificates ends on 18th December 2019. YOU MUST RENEW any that you have out of date as there will be no leniency regarding this new ruling.

Example of V778 Retention Document and example of V750 Certificate of Entitlement

Millions of motorists have personalised or cherished number plates on their vehicles but many others hold the rights to use them without actually having them on a vehicle, known as keeping them on retention. Some owners view them as an investment rather than something to adorn a vehicle but DVLA Swansea changes could see motorists lose the right to these investments.

You need to act NOW before it is too late.

For some people this is not common knowledge and therefore we as number plates dealers are making sure that you are aware.

If these changes are going to affect you and your retention documents are out of date, you need to make sure you act now and before the cut off date of 18th December 2019. Currently, if a certificate is out of date you can buy back the right to use it from the DVLA Swansea as long as you obtained the relevant V750 or V778 certificate before March 9th, 2015 and it expired on or after 1st May 2011. You can renew the certificate by paying £25 for every year to get it up to date but this will no longer be the case from 18th December 2019. So if your plate ran out 13 months ago you would pay £50 ( 2 years ) So, if you have an out of date retention document or certificate of entitlement, it is very important to act now or you risk losing your rights to your cherished number plates entirely.

You will need to fill out the form on your documentation and send it to the DVLA Swansea along with the fee owed. If you don’t have your documentation, you need to write to the DVLA Swansea giving a reason for not having the original V778 / V750 document, along with the appropriate fee, details of your cherished number plate and proof of your name and address for example your driving licence.

Failure to comply with these new regulations could have serious consequences as you are basically giving up your rights to your cherished number plates.

Please check any V778 /V750 certificates that you have and act NOW.

Number Plates – Age Identifiers from DVLA Swansea

We get asked quite frequently what identifies the age of a cherished registration number or a DVLA car number plate so I have done a table below to show the relevant age identifiers for number plates.

SUFFIX REGISTRATION NUMBER PLATES

SUFFIX LETTERSTARTEND
A18 February 196331 December 1963
B1 January 196431 December 1964
C1 January 196531 December 1965
D1 January 196631 December 1966
E1 January 196731 July 1967
F1 August 196731 July 1968
G1 August 196831 July 1969
H1 August 196931 July 1970
J1 August 197031 July 1971
K1 August 197131 July 1972
L1 August 197231 July 1973
M1 August 197331 July 1974
N1 August 197431 July 1975
P1 August 197531 July 1976
R1 August 197631 July 1977
S1 August 197731 July 1978
T1 August 197831 July 1979
V1 August 197931 July 1980
W1 August 198031 July 1981
X1 August 198131 July 1982
Y1 August 198231 July 1983

PREFIX LETTER NUMBER PLATES

PREFIX LETTERSTARTEND
A1 August 198331 July 1984
B1 August 198431 July 1985
C1 August 198531 July 1986
D1 August 198631 July 1987
E1 August 198731 July 1988
F1 August 198831 July 1989
G1 August 198931 July 1990
H1 August 199031 July 1991
J1 August 199131 July 1992
K1 August 199231 July 1993
L1 August 199331 July 1994
M1 August 199431 July 1995
N1 August 199531 July 1996
P1 August 199631 July 1997
R1 August 199731 July 1998
S1 August 199828 February 1999
T1 March 199931 August 1999
V1 September 199929 February 2000
W1 March 200031 August 2000
X1 September 200028 February 2001
Y1 March 200131 August 2001

CURRENT STYLE REGISTRATION NUMBER PLATES

CURRENT STYLE NUMBERSTARTEND
511 September 200128 February 2002
021 March 200231 August 2002
521 September 200228 February 2003
031 March 200331 August 2003
531 September 200329 February 2004
041 March 200431 August 2004
541 September 200428 February 2005
051 March 200531 August 2005
551 September 200528 February 2006
061 March 200631 August 2006
561 September 200628 February 2007
071 March 200731 August 2007
571 September 200729 February 2008
081 March 200831 August 2008
581 September 200828 February 2009
091 March 200931 August 2009
591 September 200928 February 2010
101 March 201031 August 2010
601 September 201028 February 2011
111 March 201131 August 2011
611 September 201129 February 2012
121 March 201231 August 2012
621 September 201228 February 2013
131 March 201331 August 2013
631 September 201328 February 2014
141 March 201431 August 2014
641 September 201428 February 2015
151 March 201531 August 2015
651 September 201528 February 2016
161 March 201631 August 2016
661 September 201629 February 2017
171 March 201731 August 2017
671 September 201728 February 2018
181 March 201831 August 2018
681 September 201828 February 2019
191 March 201931 August 2019
691 September 201928 February 2020

Obviously prior to the suffix registration numbers that came out in 1963 the number plates were dateless and therefore did not have an age identifier as such as they were not with any prefix, suffix or current style marker.

If you would like any further information you can always contact our sales staff on 0116 235 0116 who will be happy to help with any queries you may have.

If you would like to purchase a cherished number plate please browse through our huge database where we have cheap number plates, bargain number plates, DVLA number plates, personalised number plates, name number plates, football number plates, cover number plates, Irish number plates, you name it we have it.

If you cannot see anything or would like help in finding your perfect cherished number plate then please contact us on 0116 235 0116 where we will be happy to help.

Hope you find the above interesting information…..

Number Plates Halloween

Happy Halloween

Halloween also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows Eve or All Saints Eve is a celebration in several countries on 31st October every year on the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows Day. It is the start of a 3 day observance of Allhallowtide remembering the dead including saints (hallows) martyrs and the faithfully departed.It is widely believed that Halloween traditions originated from the Celtic Harvest Festivals. Most people celebrate with Halloween Parties involving trick or treating, apple bobbing dressing up in costumes such as witches, ghosts, clowns, spooks and the like, and we carve pumpkins into jack ‘o’ lanterns, watching horror movies and playing pranks as well.

We have compiled a small selection of cherished car number plates that we think are suitable for Halloween. They are all genuine issued DVLA number plates and most are all ready for immediate transfer. All prices are shown on our huge database and will show vat and transfer fee.

If you cannot see anything you fancy then please browse through our huge database of personalised number plates we have various ranging from the cheap bargain number plates £116 all inc to ££££.

Have a Happy Halloween from all of us at Motor Marks

Apples cherished number plate APP 13S
APPLES
Beat cherished number plate BEA 1T
BEAT
Bolt cherished number plate BOL 7T
BOLT
Carves cherished number plate CA12 VES
CARVES
Clowns cherished number plate CL10 WNS
CLOWNS
Dress cherished number plate DRE 5S
FANCY DRESS
Eve cherished number plate EVE 393
HALLOWS EVE
Ghost cherished number plate GHO57W
GHOST
Ghost cherished number plate GHO 57Y
GHOSTY
Gobble goblin cherished number plate GOB 81L
GOBBLE / GOBLIN
Mummy cherished number plate MU17 MMY
MUMMY
Rags / bandages cherished number plate RAG 55S
RAGS / BANDAGE RAGS
Web cherished number plate W38 BBB
WEB
Savage cherished number plate SAV 49E
SAVAGE
Who soul cherished number plate WH05 OUL
WHO SOUL / SOUL
Trick cherished number plate TR10 CKK
TRICK
Treat cherished number plate TR11 EAT
TREAT
Yell / scream chersihed number plate YEL 754
YELL / SCREAM

Number Plates – Top 12

Whether or not you are a fan of Cherished Number Plates there is no getting away from the fact some people will pay top price for their ultimate number plate.

We have been trading for over 30 years now and have seen numbers fetch hundreds of thousands of pounds. We have compiled the list of the Top 12 selling number plates that have been achieved at Auctions over the years. The prices are the what they fetched on the hammer so do not include all the extras.

We have millions of cherished number plates to view on our online database and as well as having many top price number plates we also have cheap bargain number plates that are from £116.00 all inclusive.

If you would like us to search for your desired cherished number plate or would like to ask a question please do not hesitate to contact us on 0116 235 0116

£400,000 NOVEMBER 2014
£285,000 MARCH 2009
£222,000 JULY 2019
£201,000 APRIL 2006
£196,000 NOVEMBER 2008
£185,000 DECEMBER 1993
£180,000 MAY 2015
£170,000 JANUARY 2009
£160,000 DECEMBER 1989
£156,000 APRIL 2006
£115,000 MARCH 2009
£101,700 SEPTEMBER 2008

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