How to become a number plate supplier
Our guide to becoming a registered number plate supplier, based on DVLA guidance.
The strong working relationship we have with the Register of Number Plate Suppliers (RNPS) team is something we pride ourselves on so we’re here to help you with all your DVLA or RNPS related questions and can happily guide you through the registration process.
Who needs to register
All companies that intend to sell or supply number plates to the public must register with the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). It is a legal obligation to be registered as a number plate supplier.
If your company has multiple branches, each place of business must be registered.
How to register
The Register of Number Plate Suppliers
Depending on the amount of applications, your application could take up to 10 working days.
If you have more than one place of business, you will also need to complete and submit a V940/1 form. The V940/1 form can be downloaded here.
To discuss your application with the DVLA, please call 0300 123 0797. This will take you directly to the Register of Number Plate Suppliers (RNPS) team.
Cost to register
A one-off fee of £40 is charged to every place of business registered.
All number plates must meet British Standards, currently BS AU 145d. If they don’t, you could be banned from supplying number plates. If you supply number plates to the public illegally, you could be fined up to £5,000.
Alternatively, you can download the V796 document on how to display number plates here.
Letter of acknowledgment (V942)
Once your application has been accepted, you’ll be sent a letter of acknowledgement from the DVLA, usually sent within 10 working days of submitting your application, which confirms that your company can legally make and sell number plates from the address that you’ve registered. This letter will also state what your Registered Number Plate Supplier (RNPS) number is, also known as a Supplier I.D. number (SID). You will need to keep this safe for your records.
Help with registering?
As our customer, we’re happy to support you with number plate legislation. Contact our expert team on 0114 273 1151, option 1 for Customer Service.