Suffix style number plates

Suffix number plates have three consecutive letters, making them a popular choice for private number plates. Short names like SAM, DAN and JON are easy to create and offer many options. If you invest in suffix registrations, they can provide you with great opportunities. They're also a great alternative to Dateless number plates, because they are just as attractive and cost less.

You'll find that they're also perfect for spelling out words and hiding the age of your car. Some even buy them to promote a business. Find your ideal Suffix registration by simply entering a name, initials or anything you want in our custom-built Suffix search tool below.

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What are Suffix number plates?

Suffix number plates and registrations begin with 3 letters. Then 1 to 3 digits and another letter at the end of the plate, which is also the age identifier.

The DVLA issued them in the UK between July 1963 and July 1982. This is the style of vehicle registration which was in use during this period. The purpose was to meet Britain's high demand for vehicle marks but this style however follows a distinct format.

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For example, 'BBB***A' the age identifying letter 'A', indicates the registry date of a vehicle. Then it includes 1-3 digits and one letter thereafter. An exact contrast with its Prefix registrations successor. For Example, 'A***BBB', the letter 'A' also indicates its registry date too.

The DVLA started with 'A' in July 1963 and ended with 'Y' in July 1982. The format excluded letters such as I, O, Q, U, and Z. They forbid using the letter 'U' also, that's because it looks too much like the letter 'V'. In 1983, the then DVLC stopped using this style and introduced the Prefix style.

They did not use the letter "O", again, to avoid confusion with the digit zero. And finally, they assigned the letter "Q" to vehicles without production dates, while "I" and "Z" for Northern Ireland.

Before 1967 and the issue of the 'F' series, the DVLA released these registration numbers annually. This was on January 1st and ended on December 31st. After introducing the ' F ' series, they changed the release dates from July 31st to August 1st. But when they began selling prefix styles, the DVLA stopped issuing these names as age-related replacement marks.

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The Suffix-style format

1963 - 1983

The diagram below illustrates the format of Suffix style plates. Take note of the year identifier letter, the unique numbers, and the issuing codes.

Diagram of Suffix Style registration layout.

Suffix style issue dates

It's easy to see where a car is from and how old it is, simply look at the plate. For instance, 'ABH' is from Buckinghamshire, and the identifying letter reveals the car's age. For example, in 1964, 1969, 1978, and 1981, London issued 'CGO 111B', 'CGO 222H', 'CGO 333S', and 'CGO 123X'.

Also see the table list of Suffix number plates below for more information. See the year of issue for each letter.

1963 ***A

1964 ***B

1965 ***C

1966 ***D

1967 ***E

1968 ***F

1969 ***G

1970 ***H

1971 ***J

1972 ***K

1973 ***L

1974 ***M

1975 ***N

1976 ***P

1977 ***R

1978 ***S

1979 ***T

1980 ***V

1981 ***W

1982 ***X

1983 ***Y

Examples & ideas of Suffix registrations

Suffix number plates are a popular style. They 're ideal for displaying initials or abbreviations, such as 'DHS111S' or 'CRS151Y'. They can also show names like 'RAJ11T' or 'DAV11D'. It is also possible to spell a complete word, like in the TER122 example.

Please note, when choosing a registration, you cannot make a vehicle look newer than it actually is. It is against the Law. Look at the examples below to see what you can achieve and create using these registrations.

VAN 355A

Vanessa, Nessa or Nessy


Stacey or Stacy


Harry or Harley


Holly or Hollie


Matts, Matt or Matthew


Natalie or Natty


Katie or Kate

PAM 311A

Pam, Pamella or Pammy

ROB 312T

Robert or Rob


Daniel or Danny

Why choose Click4Reg?

At Click4reg, we specialise in private number plates. We can help you find and purchase the ideal suffix style number plate. We have over 20 years of experience, and are a trusted supplier of DVLA number plates in the UK. Our selection of car number plates is one of the largest in the country.

You can conveniently buy Suffix number plates online at any time with a passionate team who will provide excellent service. We can guide you through every step of the buying process. Are you looking for something a little bit more special? Take a look at our Dateless number plates.

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Frequently asked questions about Suffix number plates

  • What is a Suffix number plate?

    A Suffix number plate is the style of vehicle registration in use between 1963 and 1982 in the UK. The purpose was to meet Britain's high demand for vehicle marks, but this style follows a distinct format. The letter at the end shows the car's registration year (its age).

  • What year is a suffix registration?

    The DVLA introduced suffix registration plates in July 1963 until July 1983. Suffix plates replaced dateless number plates. The last letter of the reg indicates its age, for example 'ABC***123 D' in this example 'D' represents 1966.

  • How do I tell difference between a Prefix and a Suffix registration?

    Prefix means the first letter of a vehicle's registration number shows its age. Suffix use the last letter, and Newstyle uses a two-digit number to show age.