Number Plate Ideas: 18 Of The Very Best

Private plate ideas

New private number plate ideas are hard to come by. If you’ve searched for your name or initials and not found anything you like, you may be tempted to give up looking…


…we know, we’ve been there in the past!

This post is guaranteed to give you the inspiration you need and at least a couple of new ideas for your next personalised reg plate, so read on!

Before we jump in though and give you the 18 best ideas for private number plates, we want to clear up an issue we’ve encountered many times over the years with people who aren’t clear on how the UK vehicle registration system works.

Vehicle registrations in the UK have to follow one of the formats shown in the image below.

Best personalised number plate ideas

As you can see, all types of number plate include at least one number (we’re not as fortunate as our American friends who can just have words on their registrations).

Because all registrations have to include a number, you will often see numbers being used in place of letters; however, you cannot just swap them wherever and whenever you like e.g. R383CC4, you have to stick to one of the formats above.

Autonumerology – the art of exchanging numbers for letters on plates

Okay, now that you’re clear on when you can swap a number for a letter, this image should hopefully give you some ideas on which numbers can be used to represent letters.

Cool, cheap private number plate ideas

The 18 best personalised number plate ideas.

Right, now that’s out of the way, let’s move onto the good bit, and give you some of the coolest and best ideas for your next private number plate.

1. Your name
Probably the most common form of personalised number plate, and often the most desirable, having your name on your plate can really make a statement.

Some of the best we’ve seen include P3 TER, K4 REN, D4 VID, S7 EVE, R4 LPH (which is for sale here) and many more. Unfortunately, many of the best ‘name’ plates have been snapped up and many of the owners aren’t keen to sell them either, however, you will sometimes find some on the ‘second hand’ market on eBay or on classifieds sites like ours (try typing your name into the search box at the top of the page to see if your name is available!).

2. Your initials
Many people don’t want to display their full name on their plate, but still want to hide the age of their vehicle and add a touch of class to it and ‘initial’ plates are the perfect way to do both.

You can pick up a prefix plate (e.g., F1 KDM) from just £250 from the DVLA, however, if you want a dateless version (e.g. 1 KDM) then you’ll need to look on the second-hand market, and be prepared to pay a lot more for it.

3. Your job or business
Whether you’re proud of your profession or are looking to promote your own business, a personalised plate can be a great way to stand out on the road.

We’ve seen some great examples of these over the years, such as plates ending in GYM for a gym owner, RUG for a carpet fitter, LOO for a plumber, LOX for a locksmith, PUB for a landlord and much more. We even have ET11 HAD for sale on our website here.

4. Your hobbies
If you’re passionate about something, then a personalised number plate can be a great way to tell the world. In the same way that people get tattoos of their beloved football clubs emblems, people are now buying private plates as well.

You can really be imaginative here, but to give you some ideas, we’ve seen plates like T33 OFF for a golf enthusiast, D4 RTS, MUS 1C, BOX 111G etc.

5. Your personality
Whether you’re 80 SSY, S3 XXY, or even a G1 PPO, there are tons of registrations that can express your personality.

5. Your car make/model
Use your imagination here as there are literally thousands of combinations available, including M3, M5, M6, S3, S4, S60, BMW, CLK, BNZ, JAG, VW, XKR, XJF and many more.

6. Your age/date of birth

Maybe you were born in 1960, or maybe you’re getting a plate as a gift for an 18th/21st/40th birthday? Either way, why not get these numbers on your plate rather than some meaningless digits?

7. V6, V8, V12
Not much explaining needed here, if you’re a bit of a petrolhead and have a car with a V6, V8 or V12 engine, then you can pick up a nice cheap prefix plate such as V6 *** (the stars being your initials), which will add a touch of class to your car and hide the age of it!

8. MR (M12)
M12 prefix plates can easily be read as MR and can be picked up cheaply (from as little as £250), so why not have a look if M12 followed by your name or initials is available?

9. MISS (M155)
M155 plates quite clearly read Miss, so if you’ve still not found the one yet, or you’ve not made it official, then why not have a look at M155 followed by your name or initials?

10. MS (M5)
It’s quite rare to see women using this title nowadays, but in the past, Ms. was a title used by ladies who preferred to keep their marital status private. Why not see if M5 followed by your name or initials is available?

11. HI (H1)

Want to say Hi to random passers by and other drivers? Why not do it on your number plate, with H1 followed by your initials.

12. F1 

Are you an F1 Fan? Or maybe you just have a fast car? Why not get F1 at the start of your plate? The F registrations were only released in 2008 so there may still be a chance of picking one of these beauties up from the DVLA.

13. FAST (FA57)

Guaranteed to get boy racers revving next to you at the lights, a FA57 plate certainly gets attention and on the right car, looks great!

14. JUST (JU57)

We’ve seen some great just plates over the years, such as JU57 WED on a wedding car, JU57 LUK (available here) JU57 JOE, JU57 VXR, JU57 MAX etc. etc. Get creative and see what you can come up with.

15. BIG (B19 or B16)
Often found on cars driven by large blokes, B19/B16 plates can be picked up relatively cheaply and are guaranteed to ensure that people won’t cut you up in traffic!

16. HIS (H15)
This speaks for itself, H15 can be used at the start of a plate, followed by 3 letters, e.g. H15 BMW, H15 JAG etc.

17. VIP (V1 P**)
We’ve seen several V1P plates knocking around, and whilst they do make you stand out (some might argue for the wrong reasons), they also require illegal spacing so don’t be surprised if you are pulled over and/or fined for displaying one of these plates.

18. Phonetics
Phonetics are often underused but can be a great way to get your name on your plate if you are otherwise struggling. The way to do this is to spell the name on the plate as it sounds. A good example of this is the name Hugo, which as a 4 letter name can be hard to accommodate on a number plate, however, using phonetics we could have the plate H3 WGO.

That’s it…

Phew! We’re all out of ideas (for now at least)


However, we will be updating this page regularly as and when new ideas spring to mind!

If your mind is now racing with ideas and you want to know where to look, then you need to read our article about the cheapest place to buy number plates.

Thanks for reading and happy searching!

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September 17, 2014

3 thoughts on “Number Plate Ideas: 18 Of The Very Best

  1. Akin Williams says:

    Hi, looking at a letter G to represent no 6 to look as close as possible to the below

    G4 ATw

    64 ATW


  2. Hannan Gulrez says:

    Hi. I’ve got my ideal number

    Short & Simple (5 Characters Long)

    H1 – HI

    X – Kiss
    H – Hannan
    G – Gulrez

    (HI XHG) Going On My Brand New 2018 Mercedes Benz A-Class AMG Line A200d in Cosmos Black With Panaromic Sunroof & Night Pack

    Picking it up on my birthday May 27th . I Can’t Wait

  3. Mike says:

    Ideas for 18 of the Very Best:

    C, V, X and L can be used for Roman numerals e.g. V11 for 7 and 1X for 9

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