posted 1 year ago

Personal Number Plate Sells For Record £233,360

New style personal registration sells for record £233,360 at auction to London-based businesswoman.

Most Expensive New Format Registration Plate

A personal registration has smashed the record for the most expensive current format plate by selling for £233,360 at auction, the DVLA has confirmed. Plate KR15 HNA sold to a London-based businesswoman – who prefers not to be named – after she fended off stiff competition from the UK and abroad. Her purchase eclipsed the previous record for MR51 NGH that sold for £100,000. Moments earlier a similar registration - KR15 HAN – sold for £98,500 at the same auction which was held at the Casa Hotel in Chesterfield.

Matthew Dainton, of DVLA Personalised Registrations, said: “We had high hopes for KR15 HAN and KR15 HNA after a lot of interest being registered beforehand, both of these current style registrations contributed to an enthralling atmosphere in the auction hall, and it’s fantastic to see the prices they have achieved.”

Expensive Personal Registration Plates

The DVLA regularly sells its most valuable plates via auction, and more affordable alternatives at fixed prices through its website. The all time record – which includes every style of registration not just the current format – is 25 O which sold for £518,000 in 2014. Other high achievers include 1 D which went under the hammer for £352,000 in 2009; followed by: 51 NGH (£254,000), 1 RH (£247,000), K1 NGS (£231,000), 1 O (£210,00), 1 A (£200,000), 1 OO (£197,000), 2 O (£142,000), 6 B (£130,000) and 1 HRH (£113,000). 

Personal Registration Plate Rules

A motorist has to choose a registration with care as not every plate can be transferred to every vehicle. An important rule is that the age identifier – if present - cannot claim that the vehicle was registered later than it was. It can suggest it was registered earlier. The current format was introduced in 2001 and the age identifier changes every March 1st and September 1st. The March tag coincides with the year, e.g. March 2015 is 15, and the September tag is the year plus 50, e.g. September 2015 is 65.

On this basis, a vehicle registered in March 2014 cannot sport a 64 or 15 registration, but can show 14 or earlier. This includes the older style prefix/suffix plates with letter based age identifiers.  

When a motorist purchases a registration it is transferred to a certificate of entitlement that expires after 10 years. When the physical plates that have to be mounted to the vehicle need to be produced, this certificate must be shown to the registered plate supplier. It must be accompanied by proof of name and address.