1963 - 1983From 1 September 2001 all new number plates must display the new mandatory font.
The last letter of the registration told us the year of registration.
1984 - 2001
The first letter of the registration told us the year of registration.
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.
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
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