Number Plate FAQ's
There are 4 different styles:
These have been issued to new vehicles since September 2001. Consisting of two letters, followed by two numbers that help identify the age of the vehicle, and three letters at the end. For example:
These were issued new vehicles between August 1983 and August 2001. Consisting of one letter that identified the vehicles age at the beginning, followed by one, two or three numbers, and three letters at the end. For example:
These were issued to new vehicles between February 1963 and July 1983. Consisting of three letters, followed by one, two or three numbers, and a single letter at the end that identified the vehicles age. For example:
In mainland Great Britain, these were issued to new vehicles prior to February 1963.
It can consist of up to four numbers followed by up to three letters, or vice versa. The maximum number of characters is six and they do not contain a vehicle age identifier.
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Dateless style registrations are mainly sold at DVLA Auctions.
You will need to purchase the new plates from a registered number plate supplier, who will ensure the plates are made to the correct legal standard. More information about number plates can be found here: http://www.gov.uk/displaying-number-plates
All information relating to the displaying, assigning and retaining a personalised registration can be found at https://www.gov.uk/personalised-vehicle-registration-numbers
If you have not already applied to put the registration number onto a vehicle, and there is at least 5 days left before the expiry date, you can apply for a duplicate certificate online via 'My Account'. There is no fee for this. Please allow two weeks for delivery of the new certificate.
You can also contact use to apply for a duplicate, you can find the details at dvlaregistrations.dvla.gov.uk/contactus.