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Traces and Lost Registration Numbers

Lost Registration Numbers

The DVLA's rules for the V765 scheme, under which original registration numbers can sometimes be recovered, require that the vehicle be inspected by the club prior to certifying the V765 application. Therefore applicants should now initially phone Jo Whitty on 01235 818866 to discuss their particular circumstances. Jo Whitty will then consult with the DVLA club officers and advise as to which signatory of the club will be able to assist with the inspection procedure. The cost of a V765 application will be £30 for members and £100 for non-members payable to the TR Register. In addition, if the vehicle cannot be brought to a signatory or other volunteer for inspection then a charge for travel expenses will be charged at 40p per mile. All fees are to be paid prior to the inspection being carried out. The TR Register reminds all applicants that there is no guarantee of success. Call Jo Whitty on 01235 818866 or email


Available for TR2/3/3A only via Mike Ellis, Daintree, Fullers Road, Rowledge, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4LB or email Cost is £17 payable by bank transfer or PayPal.

In all cases Mike will need a note of your car's commission (TS) number and registration number if a UK car. Approximately four weeks later he will post you a typed 'birth certificate' of the car's original build specification, build date and (usually) the delivery destination. These traces are around a third of the cost of the British Motor Museum heritage certificates and include much the same information. If required they can be produced in a DVLA friendly format to assist with registration applications.

Normally TR2/3/3As can only be traced by the commission number; however it may be possible to trace the car using the six or seven figure body number. More work is involved and the cost may therefore be higher. TR3Bs can only be traced by the British Motor Museum as below.

TR3B/4/4A/5/250/6/7/8 owners can only get a trace done via the Archive Department, British Motor Museum, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwick, CV35 0BJ or

The cost is currently about £45 and you must quote the make, model and commission/VIN number. You will receive a certificate suitable for framing.