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Personalised Number Plates

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  1. William United Kingdom

    William Active Member

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    Hi there,

    I’m just wondering if anyone has any experience in registering personalised numberplates?

    I’ve seen a few companies offering use of their software that registers new numberplates for new releases In a similar way to drop catching domains.

    Anyone familiar with this and 1) whether you actually need software, or if it’s pot luck and 2) whether it’s easy to build something myself? Looking at it, I can only assume they have automation to do it as opposed to an API or EPP system like for domains?

    Many thanks!

    William
     
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    boxerdog Well-Known Member

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    I`ve bought a few plates and just register them through the likes of the DVLA or RegTransfers etc
    I`ve never heard of needing your own software or am I missing something?
     
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  4. William United Kingdom

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    Sorry I should have clarified - I'm specifically referring to the mass release of new year plates (e.g. the 71 plates later this year). A few companies have said how "without their software, registering plates as soon as they're released is next to impossible" - not sure if it's just marketing talk, or whether it's like the .uk domains release where hand regging would get you no where.

    I can't see anything on the DVLA website (e.g. API's, or a way to send requests directly to a server etc...) that would suggest how having software would improve your chances of getting one of the new plates - only thing I could think of was using automation to simultaneously attempt to register tonnes?

    Willliam
     
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    Pedigree Active Member Acorn Supporter

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    I hand registered a number of plates when the 19 plate was released and I have also successfully hand registered a couple when they release extra plates now and again - all direct with the DVLA.

    I only missed out on one of the 19 plates that I was after, and have been successful 2 out of 3 times on other occasions.

    Be warned - the DVLA site is an absolute mare on release day and I would recommend registering an account and saving your payment and card details the day before. It is also worth having the direct link to the plate to hand as this way you will avoid the search lag.

    Good Luck!
     
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