Private Number Plates
Speedy Registrations have a fantastic selection of Private Number Plates available to help you personalise your vehicle. Speedy by name and speedy by nature, we offer a fast, efficient, and professional service, in addition to being great value for money with an emphasis on customer care. We are the biggest supplier of Northern Irish number plates in the UK, providing affordable and valuable registration plates to thousands of customers.
What are Private Number Plates? How do they work?
This is a question we get asked a lot! A private number plate is a registration that has been added to a vehicle by the owner, in place of the vehicle’s original registration plate. Since 1963, in England, Scotland, and Wales, every registration number plate has a date stamp: letters or numbers that can be used to identify what year the number plate was released. You can’t use a number plate that makes your vehicle look newer than it is, so if you’re vehicle was first registered in 2015, you can’t put a 2019 registration plate on it because it makes the car look younger than it is.
What is a “Dateless” number plate?
Before 1963, vehicle registrations didn’t have a date stamp, and these plates are known as “Dateless”. Any vehicle can have a private number plate that is dateless, because it doesn’t make the vehicle look like it was registered in a different year. This is completely legal, and often these dateless registration plates can be very valuable! Since dateless registrations haven’t been released since 1963, dateless private plates tend to come at a premium price, particularly those with desirable letters and numbers.
What is the “Prefix” and “Suffix” on a number plate?
The first date stamp plates in 1963 consisted of adding a letter to the end of a registration, starting with A and finishing with Y. These are referred to as “Suffix” registrations, because the date stamp was at the end of the registration plate. When this cycle has finished, they repeated the process but instead placed the date stamp at the beginning of the registration, giving us “Prefix” number plates.
What is the Current Number Plate System?
After using the “Prefix” and “Suffix” method, the DVLA introduced a new scheme for dating number plates. This current style of registrations has been in place since 2001, and is expected to last around 50 years. Registration numbers released in March go from 02, 03, 04, 13, 14, 16, 17 etc., while those released in September start at 51, 52, 53, 62, 63, 64, 67 etc., with the numbers appearing in the middle of five letters.
What about Northern Irish Number Plates?
Northern Ireland continues to use dateless registrations. This makes them highly desirable because they are a dateless number plate that is still being issued today, resulting in affordable private number plates that can be used on any vehicle. This is why Speedy Registrations are the UK’s leading seller of Northern Irish private number plates, starting at just £40 + VAT and DfT Transfer Fee.
How can I value a Private Number Plate?
The value of a private registration number can vary greatly depending on the combination of numbers and letters. We are always happy to provide a valuation on any private number plate, including Northern Irish registrations and dateless number plates. For more information on the value of private plates, please visit our Registration Valuation Guide.
Examples of Different Number Plate Styles and Registration Systems
Dateless Registration Plates – Released Until 1963Dateless Number Plates can contain up to three letters followed by up to four numbers, or up to four numbers followed by three letters. These registrations originate from England, Scotland, and Wales, and haven’t been produced since 1963.
Northern Irish Number Plates – Available Today
Northern Irish number plates are also dateless, and can also be transferred for use to England, Scotland, and Wales. These are still available today, and make for the ideal private number plates. The main difference between a Northern Irish registration and a traditional dateless plate is that Northern Irish plates will contain an I or a Z, whereas dateless plates from the rest of the UK do not.
“Suffix” Number Plates – Released between 1963 and 1983
These “Suffix” style registrations contained three letters, followed by three numbers, and a final date stamp letter, indicating the year of release.
“Prefix” Number Plates – Released between 1983 and 2001
“Prefix” style registrations have the date stamp indication as the first character, followed by up to three numbers and then three letters.
Current Number Plate System – Available Today (in England, Scotland, and Wales)
The current style of number plates in the UK, outside of Northern Irish plates, uses two letters followed by two numbers used to identify when the registration was released, followed by a further three letters. This means there are five letters than can be personalised if you choose your private number plate well!