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DVLA Number Plates

The DVLA offers a range of prefix and newstyle registrations from years 2000 until 2020.

However, if you are looking for suffix or dateless number plates, you will need a private plate supplier such as Click4reg.

Find & buy DVLA number plates

Click4Reg is a recognised reseller of DVLA registrations, without any affiliation to the DVLA or DVLA Personalised Registrations. Search through our extensive database and find a registration plate today!

DVLA Approved Private Registrations

DVLA number plates, sometimes also called DVLA registrations, can be used on any vehicle which has been registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. Motorists have long used DVLA number plates to display personal signifiers relating to their name, hobbies, profession, vehicle brand, or vehicle model.

The DVLA’s Role

A large number of DVLA registrations are available for purchase from the DVLA’s catalogue of unissued number plates. The DVLA, acting on behalf of the Department for Transport, started selling personalised number plates in 1989. It is estimated that around 5 million DVLA number plates have been sold since then, supplementing the Treasury fund with more than £2.5 billion.

The DVLA is charged with assigning, transferring, and retaining UK number plates, as well as ensuring that number plate combinations which are viewed as offensive never make it to circulation. Furthermore, the DVLA, from its headquarters in Swansea, also enables and expedites the taxing of vehicles through the keeping of records relating to the approximately 50 million drivers in the UK.

Types of DVLA registrations

DVLA registrations can be divided into two subcategories:

• Old style or Prefix DVLA number plates;

• Current style DVLA number plates.

Current/New Style DVLA Plates

The current style DVLA number plates are made up of two letters, followed by the two numbers which act as year of issue identifiers. These are trailed by a random combination of three letters. This format allows for a broader range of possible combinations. As a result, it is estimated that the DVLA won’t need to devise a new system until 2050.

Old Style/Prefix DVLA Registrations

Old style DVLA plates are also known as Prefix number plates because they place the character combination which denotes the vehicle’s year of issue at the beginning of the plate. This type of registration was used from 1983 until the range of possible combinations finally ran out in 2011. Following this, the DVLA was required to devise a new system, and so the current scheme was adopted.

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Newstyle Number Plates

Newstyle DVLA registrations cover the date range 2000-2020 and include two letters, two numbers and three letters. These are often best for customers with longer names as there are more possible combinations.

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Prefix Number Plates

Prefix DVLA registrations cover the date ranges of 1984-1999 and include one letter, one, two or three numbers followed by three letters. These private plates are best for customers with shorter names or older vehicles.

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