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The most important point to remember is that it is an offence to rearrange your registration number to make it resemble a name or word more closely.
Remember, the actual reason for displaying registration numbers on vehicles is so the keeper can be identified easily for law enforcement purposes.
Front number plates must show black characters on a white background and the rear number plate must have black letters on a yellow reflective background.
The specific number plate sizes and measurements are as follows:
Motorcycles registered from September 1st 2001 must only display a number plate at the back.
The law around number plates and motorcycles is as follows:
Tricycles manufactured from motorcycles must follow the above requirements for motorcycles, whereas tricycles made from four-wheeled vehicles (e.g. quad bikes) must meet the requirements of these vehicles.
Honeycomb backgrounds are illegal on number plates but 3D lettering and a border are allowed for your car reg. The following flags are permitted on UK number plates:
The following identifiers are also allowed on number plates in the UK:
The various identifiers must be displayed on the left hand side of the number plate. The flag must be placed above the identifier, neither of which can be more than 50mm wide.
Prior to January 2021, UK cars were allowed to have an EU flag on their number plates.
However, as a result of Brexit, from January 2021, the EU symbol will not be permitted on UK number plates.
If you have number plates issued before this date, then you don't need to worry, as this rule only applies to registrations manufactured AFTER December 31st, 2020.
If you want to swap your number plates for registrations without the EU flag, you can do so here. Although, it's not a necessity unless they were purchased after December 31st 2020.
From December 31st, 2020, UK-registered cars will also be required to display a GB sticker when driving in any of the 27 EU countries. However, this is not necessary if you want to drive in Ireland.
Last updated: Thursday 17th December 2020
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