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Dating Documents Format
Applying for retention of original Registration Number
(Update:Feb 2022)
Applying for an Age - Related Registration Number
(Update:Feb 2022)
Applying for an Age - Related Registration Number 1960 - onward vehicles


Much of the work of the Machine Registrar and Archivist is concerned with regaining original UK registration numbers or obtaining age – related numbers when a bike has been rebuilt. The AOMCC has been able to offer these services since the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea set up the schemes but inevitably, from time to time the requirements change.

The schemes are run by the DVLA in close co-operation with the Federation of British Historical Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC), to which the AOMCC is affiliated.

Recently, the DVLA have requested and the FBHVC have agreed that it should be normal practice for the vehicle in question to be inspected by the club before approval is given to DVLA to proceed with the issue of a number.

There are good reasons for the need to inspect vehicles. It is not unknown for bikes to be bought from number plate dealers and for it to be found that different frame numbers have been stamped all over the frame tubes. I have seen pictures of bikes with 20 or 30 different numbers stamped on the top frame tube under the petrol tank. I am also aware of instances where replica cars have been manufactured in South America and then passed off as genuine 1930's machines worth many tens of thousands of pounds. It is easy to understand why DVLA have become concerned at this and have tightened the procedures. Quite simply, if the AOMCC want to continue to operate the registration number services we need to carry out the inspections.
Bear in mind that the AOMCC can only carry out dating on machines, which are of Ariel manufacture. Presenting a "special" composed of a variety of components of different marques, and only one or two Ariel parts, is going to be problematical.

DVLA reserve the right to carry out further inspections of your motorcycle, when you apply for registration.

When you reach the stage that you need to regain an original registration number or to obtain an age related number, the first thing to do is to contact me. My contact details are inside the front  cover of Cheval de Fer. Having found out where you are based, I will contact the local Branch Secretary or other Club Officer and put them in contact with you. I will also provide them with an inspection form which is to be returned to me. I can then approve the application and send it through to DVLA for you.


The basic inspection requirement is that the bike must be complete, or almost so.  A machine which only needs the wiring done before it is complete will be fine.  (as on the right)



One where the frame is on the bench but the engine and gearbox are in assorted boxes around the garage will not. (as on the left)

The earlier you contact me the better, so that I can explain what you need to do and the timescales involved.

Where we do not have a local branch or a club officer nearby I will find another means of inspection. This may involve a phone call to a nearby member who I know or at worst a request that you bring the bike (in van or on trailer) to a club rally for it to be inspected there.  Obviously, the AGM or Annual Rally is an ideal opportunity and I will inspect bikes there, although I will need prior notification.

There is of course a fee involved. Applications for age related plates and overseas dating certificates are £20 each for members. Additional administrative costs to the club mean applications for retaining an original registration cost £40 each. Non-members pay an additional £20 per enquiry over the basic price for any service. (i.e. join the club!)

The service is open to anyone, including non-members of the Club.

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