What is the difference between Private, Cherished and personalised number plates?
There is not really any logical reason why car number plates are called so many different names, some people would class dateless number plates as cherished number plates and all other types (suffix, prefix and current) private number plates.
It is sometimes hard to spot the difference between a private number plate and a standard number plate if the registration number is a suffix, prefix or current style plate as any of these style of number plates may have been issued with the vehicle when it was released originally.
If a number plate has been taken off a vehicle by either being transferred to another vehicle or put on a retention document then this makes the registration mark become a private, cherished or personalised number plate.
If you are ever unsure which type of number plate you have on your vehicle then most number plate brokers are willing to help you find out, just give them a call and tell the broker the registration mark and they will usually be able to tell you straight away what style and type of number plate you have.
If you purchase a number plate directly from a number plate dealer or direct from DVLA then this would always be a private, cherished or personalised number plate. Also if you purchase a number plate from a private seller this would also be a private, cherished or personalised number plate. These registration marks are either provided on Retention documents or Certificate of Entitlements, unless however you are doing a straight car to car transfer through DVLA.