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Number plate styles

This guide attempts to explain all about the different styles of number plate in use in the UK. At the moment, there are 5 valid number plate styles in the UK; Current, Prefix, Suffix, Dateless & Irish. Please select the style you wish to find out about below...

Current Plates
Prefix Plates
Suffix Plates
Dateless Plates


Current (New) Style Number Plates

The current (sometimes referred to as new) style number plate was introduced in September 2001. The format of these plates is 2 letters - the regional identifiers, indicating where the number plate was issued, followed by a 2 digit age identifier - indicating when the plate was issued, followed by a unique combination of another 3 letters.

For example: MU51 CAL

On 1st March 2002, the original 51 age identier was replaced by 02, which ran until 1st September 2002, when it was replaced by 52, and so on, as detailed below...

51 - Sep 2001 02 - March 2002
52 - Sep 2002 03 - March 2003
53 - Sep 2003 04 - March 2004
54 - Sep 2004 05 - March 2005
55 - Sep 2005 06 - March 2006
56 - Sep 2006 07 - March 2007
57 - Sep 2007 08 - March 2008
58 - Sep 2008 09 - March 2009
59 - Sep 2009 10 - March 2010
60 - Sep 2010 11 - March 2011
61 - Sep 2011 12 - March 2012
62 - Sep 2012 13 - March 2013


Prefix Style number plates

The prefix style number plates were introduced in August 1983, and ended in August 2001. The format of these plates is 1 letter - the age identifier, indicating the year the number plate was issued, followed by a number between 1 and 999, followed by a unique combination of another 3 letters.

For example: P3 TER

A - 1983 B - 1984 C - 1985 D - 1986 E - 1987 F - 1988 G - 1989 H - 1990 J - 1991 K - 1992 L - 1993
M - 1994 N - 1995 P - 1996 R - 1997 S - 1998 T - 1999 V - 1999 W - 2000 X - 2000 Y - 2001


Suffix Style Number Plates

The suffix style number plates were introduced in February 1963, and ended in July 1983. The format of these plates is a unique combination of 3 letters, followed by a number between 1 and 999, followed by 1 letter - the age identifier, indicating the year the number plate was issued.

For example: SUS 4N

A - 1963 B - 1964 C - 1965 D - 1966 E - 1967 F - 1967 G - 1968 H - 1969 J - 1970 K - 1971 L - 1972
M - 1973 N - 1974 P - 1975 R - 1976 S - 1977 T - 1978 V - 1979 W - 1980 X - 1981 Y - 1982


Dateless Number Plates

Dateless number plates were issued before date related number plates were introduced in 1963. They are known as dateless becuase they are are precisely that, they do not have an age identifier.

Dateless registrations can have up to 3 letters followed by up to 4 digits, or vice versa.

For example: KM 1

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