Bidding Instructions

As DVLA's Official Auctioneers, we hold 2 types of auctions

  • Timed Online
  • Runs for 7 days, bids are placed online. All lots are available to place bids throughout the duration
  • Venue
  • Runs for 3 days at a Venue. Registrations are sold lot by lot at an approximate time throughout the duration

Important Points

  • You will be liable for all bids made using your bidder details. It is your responsibility to keep your login details secure and log out when not bidding
  • You cannot use a registration number to make a vehicle look younger than it is
  • Warning: It is an offence to alter, re-arrange or misrepresent a registration number. There is a maximum fine of £1,000 and the registration can be withdrawn without compensation

Read the Terms & Conditions

Ensure you understand the Auctioneers’ Terms & Conditions of Sale and the DVLA Sale of Registrations Marks Regulations

Register As A Bidder

  • Click 'Register/Login'
  • Complete your details and click 'Submit'
  • An email verification will be sent. If this doesn’t appear, please check your spam folder
  • Click the verification link in the email and complete the registration process following the prompts on screen

Decide How Much You Would Like To Spend

In addition to the eventual selling price the auctioneer’s commission of 7%, VAT @ 20% and £80 assignment fee will be added to the successful bidder’s invoice

You use the ‘total cost calculator’ below to work out the invoice total

When deciding on the value of your bid, bids start at the starting price

Total Cost Calculator

Winning bid
VAT on winning bid @ 20%
Buyer's Premium @ 7%
VAT on buyer's premium @ 20%
DVLA Assignment Fee 80.00
Total to pay

Increasing your Bidding Limit

All bidding accounts have a set bidding limit. You will only be able to place bids up to this amount. Should you wish to increase the available limit go to ‘Spending Limit’ on your account where this is explained. Once increased, you can then place your bid once the auction is underway

If you are unsuccessful, we will refund the deposit automatically after the conclusion of the auction. This can take up to 3 days to show back on your account. We do not accept American Express

Venue Auction

Bidding Methods

  • In Person

Come along and experience the atmosphere of the auction. You will be issued with a QR Code, print this off and bring on the day or show on your mobile device when you arrive. You will be issued with a bidder card showing your unique bidder number

  • Internet Bidding

This is a live bidding experience as the auction is running. Shortly prior to your chosen registration being offered (approximate offer times stated on website), log back into your account. You can place your live bid directly there by following the on-screen instructions

  • Telephone Bidding

The Auctioneers provide a service whereby the Telephone Clerk will call using the given contact details, a few minutes prior to your log being offered. Under your instruction, the Clerk will relay your bids back to the Auctioneer. Deadlines apply

  • Absentee Bidding

If you are not available throughout the duration of the auction, absentee bidding may be your preferred option. A maximum bid can be given, this gives the Auctioneer authority to bid up to that amount if needed. However, you may secure for less if the bidding ceases prior to reaching your maximum bid

Timed Online Auction

To view a short video explaining how to bid, please click here.

Submitting Bids & Bid Deadlines

Go to ‘Next Auction’ and follow the instructions. You can add the registration to 'My Bids and Watchlist’ and tick to receive a text when bidding starts, you can then place bids once the auction is underway and for the duration of the auction.

You can increase your bid up until the end time (as shown next to the registration). Once placed, bids cannot be cancelled.

  • Bids can only be placed while the auction is in progress
  • No bids can be accepted by any means before or after this time

Maximum Bids

The DVLA Timed online auction runs on the principle of “maximum bids”. Bidders submit maximum bids which are invisible to other bidders. Bidding starts at the starting price for each registration. If there is competitive bidding on a lot, the auction system will automatically increase bids on behalf of bidders in £10 increments. Once a bidder’s maximum bid has been reached, the system will stop bidding for them. The current winning bid price for each registration is on view on the website at all times.

Sliding End Time

The “sliding end time” is to prevent rival bidders outbidding each other with seconds to go before the end time. Every lot has a published end time, shown on the website at all times. For lots on which any bidding activity takes place in the last 30 minutes the end time will slide by 30 minutes, and continue to do so, to allow all bidders the chance to bid again, should they wish to.

Venue and Timed Online Auctions

Unsold Lots

  • Live Auction - available to purchase until 10am on the Monday after the auction and can be purchased directly via the website on a first come, first served basis
  • Timed Online Auction - are not available to purchase once the auction has ended


  • Payment must be made within 5 working days of the auction
  • Failure to do this will automatically incur late payment charges of £50 per week, per lot
  • We cannot take AMEX or card payments over the phone
  • We cannot accept CASH OR CHEQUE payments

Debit / Credit Card

Pay online in My Purchases and Invoices.

Electronic Funds Transfer & Internet Banking

Please include the registration number and a lot number as reference. If a deposit has been made you will need to pay the invoice total and we will automatically refund the deposit onto your card. This may take 3 days to show on your account.

Account Name: British Car Auctions Limited (No 3 Account)
Bank: HSBC Bank Plc
Sort Code: 40-21-05
Account No: 41736051

Payments from overseas bank accounts should be made electronically

  • IBAN Number GB29 HBUK 4021 0541 7360 51

What Happens Next

Within 3 weeks of cleared funds being received, the DVLA will post the Certificate of Entitlement (V750). This will enable you to assign the registration number to a vehicle registered in your name or in that of the nominee. If you buy more than one registration, V750s will not be issued until payment has been received in full for all registrations.

Nominee Details

If purchasing for someone else, you can add them as a nominee in ‘My Purchases & Invoices’. Click ‘Details & Pay Now’ This will allow the registration to be assigned either to a vehicle registered in your name or in the nominee’s. Please note forenames or initials must also be supplied. Nominee details without this information will not be accepted. Nominee details can be altered/added at a later date upon application to the DVLA. There is no fee.

Presentation Boxes

Do you want to keep a memento of your purchase?

Are you buying your registration as a gift for someone?

Choose to purchase our premium presentation box for £129.00. Price includes one display plate.

It’s a fantastic way to hand over the number plate as a gift.

A standard box is also available to purchase for £59.99. Price includes one display plate.

To place your order please either add the box when you checkout and pay, or contact the DVLA Auction Team by email or by phone 0300 029 8080.

Products may vary from those shown. Prices include VAT and postage and packing. Subject to availability.

DVLA Auction Team, BCA Ltd, Cross Green Business Park, Leeds, LS9 0PS

Tel: 0300 029 8080 - E-mail: [email protected]

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