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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.
This is still required, however if you display the Euro symbol and the GB (Great Britain) identifier on your number plate, then you do not need a separate GB sticker.
The Euro symbol also has definite requirements:
Last updated: Friday 20th March 2020
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