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Preview of the 15 Release: How to order and what you get.

July, 3 2014


National Numbers are happy to announce the upcoming release of the “15 Series” of DVLA registrations.

These number plates will released for sale in December ready for vehicles first registered in March 2015.

Just like previous releases the addition of a new number provides many exciting opportunities for future personalised number plates include names, words and more.

If you are interested in a 15 registration you can already place an order with National Numbers. All you have to do is call us, but more on that later!

Number Plate Format

Personalised number plates uses numbers in place of letters in order to spell out names and words. The “15” provides a great opportunity to make number plates appear with meanings that may not have previous been possible.

In this case, “15” will usually be used to represent “IS”.

The rest of the number plate would be in keeping with the DVLA’s “Current Style” format. This format would be two letters (usually indicating location) and two numbers to identify year of registration (in this case 15), a space and three more letters then follow this. See below for an example.

Number Plate Format

As always the letters “I” and “Q” cannot be used anywhere in the registration, and “Z” may only be used in the last three characters.

What Is Possible?

National Numbers have done the math and have found that there are well over 10,000 names made possible by the new 15-Series. Many of these are as perfect as you will find on any number plate, and some are not even possible in any other format.

The attractive name plates include:









? = Another letter, i.e. an initial.

The 15 release is not just for names though. The ability to create words allows you to personalise your number plates however you want. As long as it means something to you it can be the ideal number plate.

Perhaps if you are from the South West of England you might be interested in BR15 TOL (BRISTOL)? Or maybe you are a bit loud and want NO15 EYS (NOISEY) to extenuate this personality. There really are a lot of options.

One thing businesses can do is try to find a number plate to advertise their business. A number plate like SC15 SOR (SCISSOR) would be perfect for a barber or hairdresser. WH15 KEY (WHISKEY) could be fantastic for a pub, alcohol merchant or a distillery. Private number plates are eye-catching and prove to be a great marketing tool, so take a look and see if one would suit your business.

15 can be used as letters “IS” or even “LS” to make your desired word or name, so get creative and see if you can fit yours in, or otherwise give us a call and see if you can help you out.


The 15-Series is released in December for vehicles registered in March 2015 to September 2015. It therefore can only be used on a vehicle registered on this date or after. The vehicle cannot be older than this.

Of course you could always put the registration on a retention which can be kept for up to 12 months without putting it onto a vehicle. If you do not have a vehicle with in that 12 months you can even extend it indefinitely at the cost of £73 per year.

Number plates are formatted by the DVLA and cannot be altered in size or spacing. Doing so can result in a fine and an instant MOT failure.

How To Order

National Numbers can take pre-orders on the upcoming 15-Series with only a £100 deposit. This deposit secures the number plate with us, meaning we will not offer it with anyone else and act solely on your behalf.

As of writing there is no full pricing available on these registrations. Early indications are that we should have prices around late September. If you have placed a pre-order on a 15-Series plate you will be given first refusal of the fully priced number plate. If you no longer wish to continue you can cancel and refund and we will no longer act on your behalf.

Release Day in December is very intense as all number plates are released at the same time – 8:30AM. Everyone wanting a number plate will attempt to buy at this time and every year this crashes the website. This means it will be slow and will be constantly failing, in other words it will be nearly impossible to buy anything straight away.

That is of course unless you are National Numbers! We have been doing this for every release in the last 30 years so believe me we know what we are doing. We have been hugely successful in the last few years in particular as we’ve improved our system and refined our method.

Our success rate speaks for itself and 92% of our customers walk away with the number plate they wanted. So what are you waiting for, give us a call on 01642 363738 and speak to us about the 15-Series.

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