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Dateless Number Plates

Dateless plates do not have the same restrictions as other plate types - they can be assigned to any vehicle. They are made up of a group of up to 3 letters and up to 4 numbers, either way around - i.e 381 KWP or KWP 381.

You will get the best results to view if you search for either letters OR numbers - i.e. searching for any BAZ plate or any plate with a 911 number. Registrations with fewer letters or fewer numbers are rarer than 3 letters with 4 numbers

Dateless Plate

Current Style Numberplates

This is the style currently available when you buy a vehicle now. Current style number plates were introduced in September 2001 and they have a 2 digit year identifier, and 5 available letters, for example XX10 VEU (Kiss Kiss Love You).

New style number plates

Prefix Number Plates

Prefix number plates were issued up until March 2001 and have the year letter at the beginning of the registration, for example B21 VAN. 

Prefix style number plates

Personalised Number Plates are a special type of vehicle registration plate on an automobile or other vehicle. The owner of the vehicle will have paid extra money to have his or her own choice of numbers or letters, usually forming a recognisable phrase, slogan, or initialism on their plate. Sales of personalised number plates are often a significant source of revenue for the DVLA.

In the United Kingdom, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) issue number plates. They do not approve personalised registrations if they contain words, which are offensive in any widely used language. UK plates have to match certain very strict letter/number combinations, including the following: 


For ordinary registrations, many of the letters are fixed; for example, in the first four above, the second and third letters (and in the fifth the first two letters) have to correspond to the original registration district of the car, and not all combinations have ever been used. In the first four, the numbers can be one, two, or three digits.


Registrations can be sold, or transferred from one vehicle to another, with some restrictions. Originally the only personalised number plates allowed to be transferred were ordinary registrations that had been transferred, but in the 1990s the DVLA began selling personalised registrations unrelated to the registration districts.

There is some additional flexibility available by using numbers that resemble letters (e.g., S for 5), or by using large black-headed screws to fix the plate to the car to fill in a gap. However, the font style, size, and spacing is mandated by law, making the practice illegal.

Some plates only acquire significance because of particular owners. For example, "COM 1C" was formerly owned by the comedian Jimmy Tarbuck, magician Paul Daniels had "MAG1C", the 1967 plate "BEL 12E" is owned by the Belize High Commission, and "CHN 1" is owned by the Chinese embassy.

In the UK, there are a large number of private dealers who act as agents selling DVLA registrations, as well as their own stock - often purchased at auction or from private sellers.

VIP 1" was advertised "as one of the most important and impressive number plates ever issued". It is a registration issued in the Republic of Ireland for the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1984. The plate was used on his "Popemobile".

If you cannot find the private plate you are looking for please call us on 02866 387124 and we will offer you a personal service using over 25 years of experience in the industry to find the private number plate suitable for you.