Number Plate Law

How often do you see number plates displayed tow vehicles and trailers whereby the owner has interfered with the number to alter its original appearance or format?

Below is what the DVLA advise on this practice and the consequences

It is an offence to alter, rearrange or misrepresent the numbers and letters on a number plate to form names or words, or in a way that makes it difficult to read the registration number. For example, you should not use fixing bolts to change any of the letters or numbers. Anyone with a number plate that does not display the registration number correctly could be fined up to £1000. In some cases, the registration number may be permanently withdrawn.

If you have misrepresented a vehicle registration number that you have been given or bought the right to under the Sale of Registration Marks Regulations, and the vehicle registration number is permanently withdrawn, you would not get back any money that you have paid for the registration number, or any other costs you have to pay.

You cannot use a registration number to make your vehicle appear younger than it actually is.

 Vehicle registration numbers must be correctly displayed on number plates as set out in the Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations (as appropriate). These regulations govern how vehicle registration number plates are designed, manufactured and displayed

Oh yes and please do not ignore the obvious: The number displayed on your trailer MUST be the same registration number as that of the towing vehicle

Further information can be found at

Driving Licence Changes

Updates and advice to motorists on the abolition of the counterpart to the photocard driving licence

Since 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence isn’t valid and is no longer issued by DVLA.

The counterpart was introduced to display driving licence details that could not be included on the photocard. These details include some vehicle categories you are entitled to drive and any endorsement/penalty points. View our infographic for information about the driving licence changes.

Please note, this does not affect photocard licences issued by DVA in Northern Ireland.

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Horse Passports

The Horse Passport legislation was passed in 2004 and since this date all horses in the UK must be issued with a passport and be entered onto the National Equine Database.

Penalties for not holding a passport include a statutory maximum fine of £5,000 per offence or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months – or indeed both.

Since 1st August 2009, when further legislation came into force, you must also now carry your horse’s passport with you each time you make a journey made by vehicle – regardless of its distance, duration or destination.

You can obtain further information on horse passports from the government web site


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