Registration Plates


1963 - 1983


The last letter of the registration told us the year of regisration.
1984 - 2001 The first letter of the registration told us the year of regisration.

2001- 2049
The first two letters of the number plate will show where the car was first registered. The second letter is the local identifier and indicates which office it was registered through. The new registration is designed to last until 2050, with changes every March and September.The second two characters are numbers that indicate the age of the car.

From 1 September 2001 all new number plates must display the new mandatory font.
Combined with the new format registration mark, number plates will become clearer and easier to remember.


Number plates fitted before 1 September 2001 need not be changed provided the character font used is substantially the same as the one shown above.

Number plates must be replaced if they have been customised with:

Stylised letters and/or figures such as italics Number plate fixing bolts that alter the appearance of the letters and/or numbers

Click here for official registration plate sizes

2001-2049
The local memory tag (MA) for this registration is for Manchester
(M followed by the local office identifier letter from A to Y).
(See Table 4)
The registration tag (02) tells us that the car was registered in March 2002. (See Table 3)
(52 would have been Sept 2002)
1984-2001
The registration tag tell us that this car
was registered between August 1988
and July 1989
(see Table 2)
1963 -1983
The registration tag tell us that this car
was registered between August 1982
and July 1983.
(See Table 1)

Table1: 1963-1983
Suffix Letter Dates
A February 1963 to December 1963
B January 1964 to December 1964
C January 1965 to December 1965
D January 1966 to December 1966
E January 1967 to July 1967
F August 1967 to July 1968
G August 1968 to July 1969
H August 1969 to July 1970
J August 1970 to July 1971
K August 1971 to July 1972
L August 1972 to July 1973
M August 1973 to July 1974
N August 1974 to July 1975
P August 1975 to July 1976
R August 1976 to July 1977
S August 1977 to July 1978
T August 1978 to July 1979
V August 1979 to July 1980
W August 1980 to July 1981
X August 1981 to July 1982
Y August 1982 to July 1983

Table2: 1984-2001
Prefix Letter Dates
A August 1983 to July 1984
B August 1984 to July 1985
C August 1985 to July 1986
D August 1986 to July 1987
E August 1987 to July 1988
F August 1988 to July 1989
G August 1989 to July 1990
H August 1990 to July 1991
J August 1991 to July 1992
K August 1992 to July 1993
L August 1993 to July 1994
M August 1994 to July 1995
N August 1995 to July 1996
P August 1996 to July 1997
R August 1997 to July 1998
S August 1998 to February 1999
T March 1999 to August 1999
V September 1999 to February 2000
W March 2000 to August 2000
X September 2000 to February 2001
Y March 2001 to August 2001


Table 3: 2001-2049
Year March Sept
2001   51
2002 02 52
2003   53
2004 04 54
2005 05 55
2006 06 56
2007 07 57
2008 08 58
2009 09 59
2010 10 60
2011 11 61
2012 12 62
2013 13 63
2014 14 64
2015 15 65
2016 16 66
2017 17 67
2018 18 68
2019 19 69
2020 20 70
2021 21 71
2022 22 72
2023 23 73
2024 24 74
2025 25 75
2026 26 76
2027 27 77
2028 28 78
2029 29 79
2030 30 80
2031 31 81
2032 32 82
2033 33 83
2034 34 84
2035 35 85
2036 36 86
2037 37 87
2038 38 88
2039 39 89
2040 40 90
2041 41 91
2042 42 92
2043 43 93
2044 44 94
2045 45 95
2046 46 96
2047 47 97
2048 48 98
2049 49 99
Table 4: 2001-2049 Registered Office
Local Memory Tag DVLA office Local Identifier
A Peterborough A B C D E F G H J K L M N
Norwich O P R S T U
Ipswich V W X Y
B Birmingham A - Y
C Cardiff A B C D E F G H J K L M N O
Swansea P R S T U V
Bangor W X Y
D Chester A B C D E F G H J K
Shrewsbury L M N O P R S T U V W X Y
E Chelmsford A - Y
F Nottingham A B C D E F G H J K L M N P
Lincoln R S T V W X Y
G Maidstone A B C D E F G H J K L M N O
Brighton P R S T U V W X Y
H Bournemouth A B C D E F G H J
Portsmouth K L M N O P R S T U V W X Y
K Luton A B C D E F G H J K L
Northampton M N O P R S T U V W X Y
L Wimbledon A B C D E F G H J
Stanmore K L M N O P R S T
Sidcup U V W X Y
M Manchester A - Y
N Newcastle A B C D E G H J K L M N O
Stockton P R S T U V W X Y
O Oxford A - Y
P Preston A B C D E F G H J K L M N O P R S T
Carlisle U V W X Y
R Reading A - Y
S Glasgow A B C D E F G H J
Edinburgh K L M N O
Dundee P R S T
Aberdeen U V W
Inverness X Y
V Worcester A - Y
W Exeter A B C D E F G H J
Truro K L
Bristol M N O P R S T U V W X Y
Y Leeds A B C D E F G H J K
Sheffield L M N O P R S T U
Beverley V W X Y
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