Retreiving old number plates - wazza
I know the answer will be no but is worth asking.

Over 20 years ago dad had to scrap his car which has been in the family for 18 years. It had a distinctive numberplate.

is it possible to put life back into old registeration plates? or is it a case once it is scrapped the number no longer exists

Retreiving old number plates - Armitage Shanks {p}
I am afraid the answer is a clear NO! See this link

www.dvla-som.co.uk/home/en/FAQ/#buy_none_existing

Sorry, I have scrapped vehicles with plates that would now be worth £s!
Retreiving old number plates - cheddar
The only way is illegal, I would advise against it though I met a guy when camping this summer who reckoned he would do the following:

He has the log book for an old Minor that he scrapped which had a nice plate, he has checked that the plate is not now in use. He plans to buy a Minor of a similar age, SORN it then get a new chassis plate made up with the scrapped Minor's chassis number, then MOT and tax the OK Minor as if it was the scrapped one at the same time telling the DVLA that it has had an engine number change, so in effect that he bought the OK Minor to put it's engine in his old laid up (read scrapped) one.

As I say I would advise against it.
Retreiving old number plates - Armitage Shanks {p}
Phew! It would have to be a cracking number plate to go thru that! What if OP's old plate was on a Hispano Suiza or a Lanchester? LOL!
Retreiving old number plates - cheddar
Phew! It would have to be a cracking number plate
to go thru that!


Well I guess if it was something like BOB 100 it would be worth it, the plate could be worth £10k.
Retreiving old number plates - George Porge
If a car has'nt been registered for the road for several years a different age related plate would be issued. Chummy could appeal on the grounds that the plate has historical signifcance to the car. If he won his appeal the original plate would be issued but would be non transferable.

You can contact the DVLA and ask for the plate you require to be reissued, if suitable the DVLA sell the plate via one of their auctions where bidding is open to the public and traders alike
Retreiving old number plates - cheddar
Chummy could
appeal on the grounds that the plate has historical signifcance to
the car. >>


His answer to this was that he has the log book for the scrapped car.
Retreiving old number plates - George Porge
It does'nt matter, if the car has'nt been road legal Taxed , MOT'd etc for "X" amount of years (2 I think) the DVLA now own the number plate. This is the basis that all plates previously registered are sold at auction

Hope Chummy tries it, I love to see smart Alecs with egg on their faces ;-)
Retreiving old number plates - Waino
My old Triumph T21 has been festering unridden in the garage for 30 years and, of course, I still have the log book etc. It became one of those projects that I would get round to when the kids had gone and I had more time ..... you know the story. Does all this mean that, when I finally do the rebuild, it won't be able to wear its old number plate?
Retreiving old number plates - Collos25
Unfortunately no unless you reported it to Swansea as of the road.
Retreiving old number plates - SlidingPillar
As far as I know, the plates DVLA sell, are those never issued, or those from vehicles reported as scrapped. Additionallly there is no need to declare SORN on a car that has been off the road before it came in - and those plates are not at risk provided a V5 exists. There are plenty of old cars in museums in this catagory, complete, working when last used, but not at present.

But, if the plate was on a car where you are obliged to tell them (SORN) and you run away and hide from the fines, then I guess they might well take the plate back. Don't know for sure though.
Retreiving old number plates - SlidingPillar
Waino

Liase with the owners club. If you can prove it, and they or the club DVLA delegate the matter to agree, and if the plate has not been re-issued then you can get a plate back, but non-transferably. Quite fair really for those of us who would rather see old plates on old cars (or bikes).

Many, many old cars and bikes have had this sucessfully done.
 

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