A major change regarding certificates of entitlement (V750) and retention documents (V778) is coming into force on the 18th December 2019. After this date, the DVLA will no longer renew ANY out of date certificates meaning that they will effectively become worthless and unusable.
Here is the official wording from the DVLA:
If your V750 or V778 has expired
You can buy the right to use a private registration number again if you got the V750 or V778 before 9 March 2015 and it expired on or after 1 May 2011. You have until 18 December 2019 to apply – DVLA will not accept applications after this date.
It costs £25 for each year that the certificate has expired. Any time under 1 year costs the same as a full year, for example if your certificate expired 2 years 1 month ago, you’ll have to pay for 3 years (£75). Fill in the form on the V750 or V778. Send it with the fee to the address on the form.
If you do not have your V750 or V778, send a letter to DVLA Personalised Registrations. You’ll need to explain why you do not have your V750 or V778. Include the fee, your private number and proof of your name and address, for example, your driving licence or both your passport and a utility bill.
Regplates.com has always written to our customers informing them that they must keep the certificate in date otherwise they will lose the rights to display it.
Until recently members of the public and the trade have been able to renew certificates by paying the £25 fee due for each year it is out of date, but this is about to stop so you need to take action.
Regplates.com as a private company do not have access to owner information and so have decided to issue this press release in the hope that it will save members of the public getting caught out by these changes. More information can be found on our main website at https://www.regplates.com.
So in short, if you have an expired retention document V778 or certificate of entitlement V750 then please act quickly, you have a limited time to renew before the DVLA will effectively take back the rights to it.