Take action to keep your private number plate if your car is stolen
If your car is stolen, you can’t assume that your private number plate is safe. It isn’t!
Many owners assume that if they sort out the details of the theft with their insurance company, then the private number plate is taken care of. It’s not.
The insurance company may not even realise that the registration number has any special significance.
It’s your responsibility to take care of it, if you want to to be sure not to lose it. Whilst you can replace the car, you won’t be able to replace the number plate.
You’ll need to follow the right steps to make sure you get your private number plate back… by reporting the theft to the police, your insurance company, and the DVLA.
Follow our step-by-step guide to what to do with your private number plate if your car is stolen.
If the car is not found, your insurance company usually considers a settlement after 28 days. The DVLA require you to wait a full 12 months before they will restore your registration number back to you. So, whichever way you look at it, you’ll be without your private number plate for a while.
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