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New Vehicle Registrations: All You Need to Know

If you are thinking about purchasing a brand-new vehicle, there are some things you need to know about new registration plates if you haven’t bought a brand-spanking-new car before from a dealership before. Here is everything you need to know about new vehicle registrations and when they come out. 

 

When do new vehicle registrations come out?

In the UK, new vehicle registrations are new-series government releases which change twice a year – the first being in March and then again in September. Each time the registrations change, the plates are given an age identifier to reflect the year, such as “19” or “69”. As a result, each number plate has never existed before and will be released as part of the next registration mark sequence.

Cars registered between March 1st and 31st August have the age identifier updated with the last two digits of the year itself. On the other hand, cars registered between September 1st and February 28th have the age identifier updated with the last digit of the year preceded by a “5” (2001 to 2009), “6” (2010 to 2019), “7” (2020 to 2029) and so on. This sequence will continue on until it reaches the 2049 – or the “99 series” – and the system format is reversed for 2050.

 

For example:

Age identifier

Release date

(DD/MM/YYYY)

Age identifier

Release date

(DD/MM/YYYY)

01 series

Reserved

51 series

01-09-2001

02 series

01-03-2002

52 series

01-09-2002

03 series

01-03-2003

53 series

01-09-2003

04 series

01-03-2004

54 series

01-09-2004

05 series

01-03-2005

55 series

01-09-2005

06 series

01-03-2006

56 series

01-09-2006

07 series

01-03-2007

57 series

01-09-2007

08 series

01-03-2008

58 series

01-09-2008

09 series

01-03-2009

59 series

01-09-2009

10 series

01-03-2010

60 series

01-09-2010

11 series

01-03-2011

61 series

01-09-2011

12 series

01-03-2012

62 series

01-09-2012

13 series

01-03-2013

63 series

01-09-2013

14 series

01-03-2014

64 series

01-09-2014

15 series

01-03-2015

65 series

01-09-2015

16 series

01-03-2016

66 series

01-09-2016

17 series

01-03-2017

67 series

01-09-2017

18 series

01-03-2018

68 series

01-09-2018

19 series

01-03-2019

69 series

01-09-2019

20 series

01-03-2020

70 series

01-09-2020

21 series

01-03-2021

71 series

01-09-2021

22 series

01-03-2022

72 series

01-09-2022

23 series

01-03-2023

73 series

01-09-2023

24 series

01-03-2024

74 series

01-09-2024

25 series

01-03-2025

75 series

01-09-2025

 

 

Registering your brand-new car

If you have bought a brand-new car, your vehicle may not have been registered with the DVLA before. In most cases, when buying a new vehicle, the dealer often registers the vehicle for you. If they do, you’ll get a V5C registration certificate (also known as a log book) in the post within 6 weeks. However, in some cases, it may be down to you to register the vehicle yourself

 

NOTE: If you do not receive a log book in the post, it is important to get in touch with the DVLA to get it sorted.

 

Do I have to pay a fee to register my brand-new vehicle?

When registering and taxing your vehicle for the first time with the DVLA, you will have to pay a one-off new registration fee of £55. You can do this via cheque or postal order, but it is worth noting that you cannot send cash.

However, you do not have to pay for some vehicles, including:

- those first registered and licensed in the disabled exempt taxation class

- historic vehicles previously registered with the old local authorities (late conversions)

- vehicles previously registered in Northern Ireland

- imported vehicles previously registered under the personal export scheme and new means of transport scheme

- visiting forces vehicles

- vehicles registered under the direct export scheme

- vehicles registered for off-road use only

- crown exempt vehicles

 

How to change private number plate to new car?

Once you have purchased your new personalised number plate, you may be wondering how to assign the private number plate to your car. You’ll be pleased to know that this is a fairly simple job and requires sending a few documents to the DVLA, which can be done online or via post.

After you have assigned your new private number plate to your new car, you will be sent a new log book in the post – otherwise known as a V5C – which can take up to 4 to 6 weeks to arrive. But this doesn’t mean you have to wait that long to use them; you can use them as soon as your application has been approved by the DVLA.

 

 

 

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