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Prefix Number PlatesNumber plates that have the year letter at the beginning of the registration, for example B21 VAN.
Current Number PlatesCurrent style number plates were introduced in September 2001 and they follow the 2 digit year identifier, 3 letters format, for example XX10 VEU (Kiss Kiss Love You).
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- Numbers First
Dateless Number PlatesRegistrations which can be transferred to any age of vehicle, for example 70 NNX.
DVLA AuctionsNext Auction: Monday 5th May
These auctions are not held by the DVLA, they are held on behalf of the DVLA by an independent agency, SMA Leeds.
Throughout the year, the DVLA release registrations for auction, which they have withheld and these sales, which we’d be delighted to help you bid at, offer an excellent opportunity to buy unique and prestigious registrations for less than they might command on the commercial market.
Our buyers attend DVLA auctions as a matter of course, and you can expect to gain a significant advantage by asking us to bid on your behalf. We’ll be pleased to advise you on the estimated price at which a mark is likely to be sold, as well as advising on the value of these registrations in the general market.
Unlike other companies we do not charge a percentage related fee. We charge a ‘bidding fee’ of £200 plus VAT (£50+VAT of this is an admin fee which is retained if unsuccessful). You then have to pay the cost of your registration, an auctioneers fee of 8%, VAT and the £80 Department Of Transport transfer fee.
Speedy Registrations can save you the cost of attending the auction, saving on cost of your time, travel and accommodation costs by allowing us to bid for your registration.
Even with all of these added together, buying in a DVLA auction can still work out considerably cheaper than a registration already on the market. If a number you would have liked appears in an auction and you miss it, you will have to pay a significant premium to purchase it later, even if you can find it.
Below are all numbers up for auction. The price shown is the reserve price for the number. Popular numbers bid on by many people will sell at more than this price. If no one else is interested in a number then it may sell for the reserve price. If you choose to enquire on a number you will be asked to specify the maximum price you are prepared to pay (excluding auction fees and our bidding fee). We will then contact you before the auction to confirm details.
Dateless registration numbers were released prior to 1963 but without a date identifier they can go onto ANY vehicle. Northern Irish numbers are still dateless to this day (these can still go onto mainland UK vehicles).
Suffix registrations (such as ABC 123R) were released between 1963 and 1983 - these have the year identifier at the end
Prefix registrations (i.e R123 ABC) were released between August 1983 and August 2001 - these have the year identified at the start
Current style registrations (such as AB51 ABC), released since September 2001 use a number in the middle to denote the period of release.
You cannot make your vehicle look newer than it is by putting a more recent registration on (i.e. an R prefix car, cannot have S prefix plate on). Dateless numbers offer an ideal solution as they can go onto any vehicle