If your vehicle was constructed before the 1st January 1973, you are permitted to fit to it traditional style number plates. These are either white, silver or grey characters on a black plate. They are not restricted to, but are generally metal plates with the characters embossed. You may use modern style number plates.
The number plate characters must conform to either one of the two groups in the table below (the characters permitted have two valid sizes):
|Group 1||Group 2|
|Character width (except the figure 1or letter l)||64mm||57mm|
|Top & bottom margin||13mm||11mm|
|Space between characters||13mm||11mm|
|Space between two parts of registration (ABC<->12A)||38mm||33mm|
Traditional number plates fitted to such vehicles are not required to display the mandatory character font, but the characters must be legible.
Start here. Search for your ideal private number plate.
At Plate Master we make it easy for you to buy and assign your ideal personalised number plate. Let us do all the work!
Convert your private number plate into cash. We may have a buyer waiting!
Buy a personalised number plate and take advantage of our free transfer service.
Looking for a prestige cherished number plate? Search our database of private stock.
Learn about the new DVLA 24 plates. We'll secure your 24 plate for you.
Looking for gift inspiration for a loved one? You don't have to own a vehicle to buy a personalised number plate!
Learn about the rules of transferring, assigning and displaying DVLA registrations.
Read the latest news in the world of personalised number plates. Also search our news archive.
Take a look at the most expensive private number plates ever sold. Maybe your DVLA reg is valuable.
What our famous folk brandish on their luxurious motors.
Ever wonder how personalised number plates are valued? Enrich your knowledge.
From A 1 to YY24 ZZZ! Learn about the history of DVLA registrations.
Why should you own a private plate? We'll tell you why!