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Vehicle Registration Years - DVLA Guide

Years of Issue

You can use the charts below to quickly identify the original year of issue for the three main registration formats. Please remember when choosing a registration that you can only assign it to a vehicle of the same age or newer than the registration itself. So, for example, if you selected an N reg prefix plate (1995), you'd only be able to display it on a vehicle first registered on or after that date. You couldn't put it on an A reg (1983) vehicle. The golden rule is that you can't make a vehicle look younger than it is!

On this page:
Suffix Letter Identifier
Prefix Letter Identifier
New-Style Number Identifier

Suffix Letter Identifier

SUFFIX YEAR OF RELEASE
A 1963
B 1964
C 1965
D 1966
E 1967
F 1967
G 1968
H 1969
J 1970
K 1971
L 1972
M 1973
N 1974
P 1975
R 1976
S 1977
T 1978
V 1979
W 1980
X 1981
Y 1982

Prefix Letter Identifier

PREFIX YEAR OF RELEASE
A 1983
B 1984
C 1985
D 1986
E 1987
F 1988
G 1989
H 1990
J 1991
K 1992
L 1993
M 1994
N 1995
P 1996
R 1997
S 1998
T 1999
V 1999
W 2000
X 2000
Y 2001

New-Style Number Identifier

DIGITSYEAR OF RELEASE
00NEVER RELEASED
01NEVER RELEASED
512001 Second Half
022002 First Half
522002 Second Half
032003 First Half
532003 Second Half
042004 First Half
542004 Second Half
052005 First Half
552005 Second Half
062006 First Half
562006 Second Half
072007 First Half
572007 Second Half
082008 First Half
582008 Second Half
092009 First Half
592009 Second Half
102010 First Half
602010 Second Half
112011 First Half
612011 Second Half
122012 First Half
622012 Second Half
132013 First Half
632013 Second Half
142014 First Half
642014 Second Half
152015 First Half

Last updated: Wednesday 4th January 2012 at 12:23pm

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