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Number Plate Check

Instantly check any UK number plate for free.

Enter the registration number to check the number plate of any UK vehicle. With our instant number plate check, you can check the car owners and vehicle history of the vehicle, along with 50+ other fields of information concerning the vehicle. 

Using our free online car check service, you can get detailed information on any vehicle in the UK. By reviewing our easy-to-read report, you can get peace of mind. Our data is sourced from the DVLA, DVSA, PND and other trusted third-party providers.

Can I check who owns a car by number plate? 

No, accessing the car owner's information by registration number is not permitted for the public in the UK. We can only tell you when ownership changed and how many previous owners there were. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in the UK holds the registration details and cannot be shared as the Data Protection Act covers it.

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How do I change my car's number plate?

It is important to note that altering a number plate on your own without following the proper procedures is illegal. You will require a certificate of entitlement or retention paperwork to transfer a private or personalised plate to a car. You can also transfer the licence plate online if you are the registered owner of the car.

How do I find the history of a number plate?

You can check the history of a vehicle, including any changes to its number plate, by obtaining our vehicle history check online. These checks may include a list of all previous licence plates assigned to the car along with the transfer date, mileage history, and more.

What happens when I transfer my licence plate?

The new V5C registration document will be sent to you after transferring a plate. Before driving the vehicle, you will need to attach the new number plates. The change must also be reported to your insurance company.

Ensure you update any records where your old number plate is still used, such as congestion charge and low emission zone accounts.

Answering Your Questions

If you are trying to find out the original number plate of your vehicle in the UK, there are several steps you can take:

  • Check your V5C registration certificate
  • Contact the DVLA
  • Speak to previous owners
  • Get a vehicle check online

While purchasing a car with a changed licence plate is common, it's essential to perform due diligence to ensure the legitimacy of the plate change and that all documentation is in order. If you have any doubts or concerns, consider seeking professional advice or consulting with the DVLA for guidance.

No, you typically cannot change vehicle ownership online without the V5C (logbook). The V5C is essential to prove legal ownership and make official changes to a vehicle's registered keeper. Always ensure you have the V5C when transferring ownership or update it promptly if lost or damaged.

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