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Cherished Number Plates Search

To find a list of private registrations that meet your requirements, just indicate the desired number of digits, letters, or numbers. This search method is particularly useful for potential investors who are seeking affordable cherished dateless plates..

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Prefix Private Registration Plates

Prefix number plates are a popular and eye-catching style of vehicle registration. They were issued between 1983 and 2001, and the prefix indicates the year of registration. The first letter on the plate signifies the year in which the vehicle was registered, followed by a unique combination of numbers and letters. Prefix plates have become highly sought after due to their distinct design and age-related significance. Additionally, they offer personalisation options for drivers looking to add a unique touch to their vehicles.

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Suffix Private Plates

Suffix style registration plates were introduced in 1963 and were in use till 1983. The registration plates comprise three letters, one to three numbers, and a final letter indicating the year of registration, starting with "A" for 1963, "B" for 1964, and so on. If you are interested in purchasing a suffix private plate, you can utilise our easy-to-use suffix plate builder that provides instant results at an unbeatable price. With our platform, you can customise your plate by selecting your preferred letters and numbers to create a unique registration that reflects your personality. Our suffix plates are high-quality and legal for use on UK roads, so you can be sure of getting a great value for your money.

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Current Style Car Registrations

The existing style of number plates is made up of seven characters. It starts with two letters, followed by a two-digit number and ends with three more letters. These registration plates can still be used to spell out words, for example: DE51 RED. This type of new number plate allows for a much larger number of combinations compared to the previous versions that were available before 2001. However, the letters "I" and "Q" are not allowed, but the letter "Z" can appear as part of the last three characters.

Private Number Plates

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Private number plates are the ultimate way to add a touch of personality to your vehicle and make a statement. Traditionally associated with the wealthy, private number plates are a symbol of status and can also keep the age of your vehicle private. With millions of registrations available to browse and purchase online, private number plates are now accessible to everyone.

If you're interested in buying private number plates, our professional sales team at New Reg is here to help. We offer a leading service, guiding you through the process of assigning a plate to your vehicle and keeping the registration on a certificate of entitlement. We can even manage the transfer of private registrations on your behalf, making it as easy as possible for you to choose your perfect plate.

We offer a wide variety of plate options for you to choose from, including dateless cherished plates, prefix and suffix style registrations, and even current style and Irish number plates issued by the DVLA in Swansea. Our extensive selection of private number plates includes registrations that resemble names, such as MAR 1E and 81 LLY, or indicate words like BOSS or FAST, allowing you to make a lasting impression. Browse our collection to find the perfect plate for you.

You'll have plenty of plate options to choose from, with dateless cherished plates to prefix and suffix style registrations  - we've got them all. We also stock private plates in the current style, as well as Irish number plates issued by the DVLA in Swansea. Browse our extensive selection of private number plates that include registrations that resemble names - for example, MAR 1E and 81 LLY - or indicate words like BOSS or FAST, to really make an impression.

You may want to consider a plate that reflects your vehicle's make or model. For example, if you have a fast BMW, an M1, M3, or M5 plate could showcase what's under the hood. Alternatively, a JAG private registration could make your Jaguar stand out from the rest. With a personalised numbers, you have the freedom to express anything you want about your car, personality, job, or anything else you desire.

For those seeking cheap number plates, an Irish number plates may be worth considering. Northern Ireland number plates are transferable to UK vehicles and offer more affordable options.

Our number plates search facility is designed to make your search for the perfect private registration plate as easy as possible. You can filter vehicle registrations from different eras and take advantage of our top-ranking suggestions, which provide great ideas for your new registration. In addition, we offer detailed information on the various types of private plates available, as well as a list of commonly asked questions with answers provided.

Are there any restrictions or regulations around using private number plates?

Yes, there are restrictions and regulations around using private number plates. The use of offensive or inappropriate combinations of letters and numbers is not allowed. Additionally, it is important to ensure that the number plate meets legal requirements such as size, font, and spacing.

Types of private number plates

Would you like to know more about the various number plate formats you see on vehicles? The below table provides comprehensive information on how DVLA registrations work, enabling you to plan your purchase of number plates with confidence.

Registration Format Format explained Release Years Example
Cherished (Dateless) 1 - 3 characters (regional identifier) followed by 1 - 4 numbers. January 1903 - January 1963
A 1
Cherished (Reversed Dateless) 1 - 4 numbers followed by 1 - 3 characters (regional identifier). January 1903 - January 1963
5 E
Northern Irish (Dateless) 3 characters (always contains an I or Z) followed by 1 - 4 numbers. January 1903 - January 1963
GAZ 9999
Suffix Three characters followed by 1-3 numbers and 1 additional character (age identifier). January 1963 - July 1983
Prefix One character (age identifier) followed by 1-3 numbers and 3 additional characters. August 1983 - August 2001
Current Two characters (regional identifier) followed by 2 numbers (age identifier) and 3 additional characters. September 2001 - February 2051

Process of Buying a private number plate

Purchasing a number plate doesn't require a car or driver's license. You only need them when assigning the plate to a vehicle. To buy a number plate, select your preferred registration from the list of available plates and complete your purchase. If you're unsure where to get your new registration mark transformed into a private plate, we've got you covered. We stock acrylic number plates and can create them for you.

Spreading the cost of a private number

We understand that it can be challenging to come up with a lump sum of cash to purchase a private number plate. What if you spot a plate that you love or want to give as a gift for a special occasion? At New Reg, we offer personal finance options that allow you to get your dream number plate now and pay a monthly sum that fits your budget. Simply look for the 'Finance' button next to the registration numbers you're interested in. For more information, visit our dedicated number plate finance page. We provide details on eligibility, the duration of payments, and the essential terms and conditions you need to know.

How do you put private registration plates on retention?

The fastest way to put a plate on retention is through the DVLA online service. To complete the process, you must be the registered keeper of the vehicle and have access to the V5C logbook information. A fee of £80 is required to remove the registration, which can be paid by debit or credit card. Once the application is successful, the DVLA will provide a reference number and send a V778 retention certificate by post. In certain cases, it may be necessary to apply by post and send in documents along with a cheque or postal order.

How to register a private number plate

To simplify the process of registering a private number plate, allow the experts at New Reg to handle it for you. We understand that purchasing car registrations is not a frequent occurrence for most people, and changes to vehicle registration documents can make the process unfamiliar.

After purchasing a registration number from us, our skilled administrators can manage the number plate transfer process on your behalf, ensuring all necessary documentation is completed. Our customers often find this approach helps to prevent unnecessary delays, and it saves time spent waiting on hold to speak with someone at the DVLA.

Process of selling a private number plate

To sell a private number plate, the initial step is to have it valued. You can easily do this on the New Reg website by filling out our valuation form. Our experts will provide you with a quote once they have reviewed the details. Once you have agreed on a price, we will take care of the rest. We will list your registration on our website, which is the UK's most recognised reseller and number plate supplier. This means that hundreds of thousands of potential buyers will have the opportunity to view it. For your convenience, we will also handle the entire transaction process.

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