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Private Number Plates


Private number plates, personalised number plates or cherished registration plates as they are sometimes known, are registration marks that have been applied to a vehicle to replace the default registration that it carries.

How to find your perfect personalised number plate?

Find Your Perfect Number Plate

You can buy a private number plate for your vehicle from National Numbers. Our number plate search enables you to quickly find the registration of your choice; you can then securely buy online - and many of our registrations come with the option of 0% finance payment plans.

You can search for anything you'd like to match - names, words, initials, numbers... anything! We have over 54 million registrations in our database, with prices starting from as low as £136, so there's something for everyone.

And if you still can't find your ideal registration online, or you have any questions, we have knowledgeable and friendly sales staff available 7 days a week to assist you. Please don't hesitate to call them on 01642 363738 and they will be happy to help.

How do private number plates work?

There are a selection of number plate formats to choose from. The golden rule is that you can make your vehicle look as old as you like when assigning a private plate to it, but not one day younger. So if you had a 51 reg vehicle (from 2001), you can put any reg onto it that has been issued up to that date. You couldn't put a 54 series reg (from 2004) on it as it would make your vehicle look newer.

The range of formats to choose from include :

Dateless Reg Carry no year identifier, so can be assigned to any roadworthy vehicle.
A 1 SUE 4 123 SAM
Suffix Reg Three letters, one, two or three digits, then a year identifying letter.
KHA 11N ROB 311E ASH 13Y
Prefix Reg A year identifying letter, one, two or three digits, then three more letters.
G305 RGE B16 DON K155 MEE
New Style Reg Two letters, a pair of year identifying digits, then three more letters.

How to change to a private number plate?

Changing your current registration to a private number plate is very straightforward.

  • Find the private number plate that you want.
  • Buy the registration and become the legal owner.
  • Assign the registration to your vehicle - National Numbers offer an assignment service to do this for you, or you can do it yourself online or via post. You will need your current V5C log book for the vehicle and the registration certificate.
  • After the two have been paired together (updating electronic information that the DVLA have on your vehicle such as the MOT and tax), you will receive a new V5C log book in the post from the DVLA.
  • Once you have the V5C showing your private plate in your possession you can fit the acrylic plates to the vehicle. You can do this sooner if you have used our assignment service or successfully assigned the registration yourself online.
  • You should then notify your insurance company of the change of reg.

Where to get personalised number plates made?

National Numbers can supply the highest quality road and MOT legal acrylic plates with a number of options (a selection of shapes, flags, borders, 3D effect font) when you purchase a registration. As you've bought the registration from ourselves, you do not need to provide any further proof of entitlement/identity documents that are usually required.

If you simply want the plastic plates and aren't interested in buying a private registration, then we recommend where you can order your plates online and pick them up locally.

Private Number Plates - Where to Start?

Well, price range is an important consideration. At National Numbers we treat clients with modest budgets the same way as those where price is no object. Our web site is intended to supply you with imaginative search suggestions to inspire you and, don't forget, we offer 0% finance on most registration plates.

Often, if you are after a cheap number plate, a good place to start is to search for your initials and then pair them with a prefix letter. Please remember - you can't apply a registration plate to your vehicle if it makes it appear newer, you can only use registration plates of the same age as your vehicle or older. Our search system allows you to filter those private plates that are unsuitable based on the age of the vehicle you will be using.

Another important source of low cost plates are Irish number plates which start from £136. These private plates originate in Northern Ireland, and can be established as such because they always contain an "I" or "Z" in the letters - but they have no visible year identifier. As they're effectively 'dateless', this means these registration plates can be assigned to any roadworthy vehicle, regardless of it's age.

Of course, if you have a little more to spend, then you can use our database to search for your name or your initials represented as a cherished plate with just one or two numbers and no year letter.

Start your Search

We have been in business for more than 38 years, and our friendly sales staff have guided thousands of clients through their first venture into choosing a private registration mark. If you can't find what you're looking for online, please don't hesitate to give them a call! You can phone us on 01642 363738 and we'll be happy to help you find your ideal mark.

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