DVLA introduced some online services by which you safely protect confidential information such as the reference numbers and codes, displayed on your documents. When these documents are not protected, you are at risk as unscrupulous people can steal your rights from the information they get from your private number plate.
To conceal the information associated with a private number plate of a vehicle, DVLA’s brought its online retention facility in 2015. DVLA provides services for other automobile related tasks. These include taxing, stating a SORN, etc.
DVLA: Pros and Cons
Like two sides of a coin, these services have their pros and cons. On the pro side, these online facilities make life easier and quicker. On the con side, these online facilities are a threat to some people. They often turn out to be fake, and your sensitive information falls into the wrong hands. The data that fraudsters collect by tracking your private number plate can lead you to financial and legal troubles.
You should know how to keep details of your vehicle, safe, and know where they appear on the DVLA documents. From these documents, fraudsters gain easy access to all your personal information. So you should be very aware.
V5C Registration Certificate (logbook)
DVLA issued the V5C that the authorized owner of a vehicle can keep. The keeper is not necessarily the owner but is in charge of registering and taxing the car. The authorized individual informs DVLA if a vehicle with a private number plate is sold, transferred, or demolished.
The 11 digit document reference number is the highly sensitive information that needs to be concealed. This unique identifying code is printed in five segments of the V5C.
V750 – The Certification of Entitlement
DVLA issues the V750 certification to the owner of a brand new automobile with a personalized number plate. It states that it is solely the right of the buyer whether he or she wants to display the personalized number plate on the vehicle.
Like the previous document, this document also has a confidential part called the ‘certificate number.’ It is an alphanumeric string of 19 characters without spaces.
The certificate number is vividly displayed in bold along the first half and the bottom right hand section of the document.
V778 Retention Document
DVLA issues this record to the grantee when a private number plate registration is deliberately excluded from a vehicle. The recipient of this certificate can display the registration on a vehicle of a new car. The recipient can give away the rights to the personalized registration to someone else and issue a receipt of full payment.
The vital part that certificate holders need to conceal on the V778 is the document reference number. It is an alphanumeric code similar to the code used in the V750 document.
DVLA has released several versions of the V778 in the past few years. On some of these versions, the segment with the reference number has been left blank. The Retention and Sale of Registration Marks Regulations 2015, denote the code on V778 as a “unique identification reference.”In the following years, DVLA may use this term for its official purposes as well.
Just like the V750, the unique reference number of V778 is printed doubly on the document once on the top, and again on the bottom left-hand section.
Important points to remember
There are some points that you should remember to protect your personal information from being stolen.
1. Never share any document reference or certificate IDs unless you have sold your car or personalized number plate registration to a trusted buyer.
2. Ensure correct, and updated info about your address is shown before you use DVLA online services.
3. DVLA will issue a receipt of replacement when your document is changed. Keep that acknowledgment safely.
4. Make sure that you take the private number plate off your vehicle before selling it. That way, you can prevent duplication of your registration number.
With the help of this article, you can find all the latest DVLA information and guidance required to protect your vital and sensitive information. For answers to other queries about DVLA services, you can visit the DVLA website or contact them directly.