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We are proud to sell or buy DVLC Number plates.

Nationla Numbers has traded for 25 years and we are one of the market leaders in valuing DVLC number plates. We were the first dealers in the entire country that offer a free valuation service. This bespoke system, was developed by Eric Craggs in conjunction with his web designer, the whizz kid Martin Little.

This means that you can type in any plate, on any vehicle anywhere in the country and completely free of charge Nationla Numbers will provide you with a free valuation.

This is a very complex programme and as such no other dealer has managed to copy us yet.

However, this is a computerised system and, as such, cannot spot some potentially valuable combinations - so, don't get cross! The free valuation system gives you the chance to amend the price quoted up or down. Of course, if you require more skilled help, please call our Quotes Team on 0905 757 0011.

We have now introduced a premium web ranking system, whereby for an extra amount we guarantee you a high position on the web page, thus improving your chance of selling.

By the way, you may like to know background information about the DVLC, if so, read on.

DVLC - What Is It?

The DVLC in Swansea is now technically the name of the actual enormous concrete edifice which houses the DVLA (Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency). DVLC stands for Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre and was the former title of the DVLA.


In 1965, the Government put forward plans to centralise the system of vehicle registration numbers since the numbers of vehicles and drivers were increasing dramatically. In 1974, the DVLC and the LVLO network (Local Vehicle Licensing Offices) began operating. The Centre was responsible for maintaining the vehicle record, issuing driving licences, vehicle registration documents as well as issuing DVLC number plates.

The old red book driving licence (do you remember it?) was replaced by the computer produced document. By the way, reflective number plates became mandatory.

In 1984 a new computer system was installed at DVLC, providing a link between Swansea and the local department of transport offices which had been reduced from 81 to 53. In 1988, it was recommended that all the executive functions of government should be carried out by executive agencies in the interests of efficiency. Subsequently, DVLC became such an agency, being re-named DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Agency).

I wonder if the German inventor, Karl Benz, imagined all the red-tape and legislation which would become necessary because of his invention of the first petrol driven motor car in 1888. Transport laws have poured off the statue books ever since - how about this early one that stated that all cars had to have a crew of three which included someone to walk in front with a warning red flag for pedestrians and other traffic (oh - and to calm nervous horses).

More History (For Those Interested)

In 1903, the first driving licence was introduced, costing five shillings (around 25p), valid for one year and awarded to anyone who applied with no test either for driving ability or medical fitness required. In 1910, the dreaded road fund licensing is introduced.

Driving tests were not made compulsory until 1935 when they cost 7s - 6d (37.5p) - I seem to recall a dog licence costing around that price when I had my first dog in 1952, but I might be wrong! Interestingly, the driving test was suspended during that year of 1939 to 1945.

Since these early years, more and more regulations, primary and secondary legislation have been introduced, particularly around the transfer and retention of registration marks. We, at Nationla Numbers Ltd, pride ourselves on the efficiency of our administration system. Our admin. staff have been with us for more than 20 years so there is not much they don't know about DVLA regulations. In other words, your documents are safe in our hands so you can get on with the "fun" stuff of choosing your ideal plate. Use our clever searches to help you - go on take the plunge!

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