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DVLA Trade Licence Plates

5 Nov 2020

DVLA have advised a change to the renewal process for trade plates that has been put in place due to the pandemic.

During November reminder letters are being issued to those customers who need to renew their ‘Trade Licence plates’ which are expiring in December 2020.  In previous years DVLA has only processed these renewal applications during December.

Due to the impacts of the pandemic, DVLA will begin processing renewal applications immediately on receipt of a valid form.  There is no need to wait for the reminder letter, download form VTL318 and post to DVLA to apply to apply without a letter.

For 2020 renewals there is no requirement to provide proof of motor insurance, but applicants are reminded to sign and date the form to confirm you are a motor dealer, motor trader or vehicle tester.

If you are no longer eligible to hold trade plates, or do not wish to renew your trade licence, you must complete form VTL308 to surrender your trade licence.  The physical trade plates must also be returned or an explanation of why the trade plates are not available.

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