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Number Plates Search

Our number plates search facility includes number plates from our own stock, private commissions as well as previously unissued government stock in the make your own plates range. Whatever your price range, we will have something for you - our number plate search includes cheap number plates as well as rare dateless marks.

Find your ideal number plate, and then use our vast experience to make sure the actual transfer happens as smoothly as possible.

We also have an experienced sales team manning the phones as well so give us a call if you would like to discuss any of the number plates search results.

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With such a vast range of registrations available, our number plates search box enables you to match a word, name, initials, numbers... anything!

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Who owns this number plate?

Information on who owns a specific number plate is very restricted, only the DVLA and the police have access to such information.

National Numbers sell registrations on behalf of private sellers, but will not release any personal information about the seller to comply with the Data Protection Act.

Although there is no way to track down an owner or contact them, it is possible to find out if a number plate has been issued. The National Numbers Number Plate App can supply you with lots of details about a specific registration.

When do number plates change?

There are two annual changes of registration, and the registrations become available before vehicles suitable for displaying the reg on are made available for sale. The first release occurs around May (for vehicles that become available from around September), the second around November (for vehicles that become available from March the following year). You can secure a registration for your new vehicle several months in advance of the vehicle becoming available.

Register your interest in future releases here!

Why are number plates different colours?

The front number plate on a UK vehicle is white, and the rear is yellow. Besides being a nice high contrast colouring with the black text making it easy to read, the rear yellow plate came about from laws which prevented any white lights from being allowed on the rear of a vehicle - and this included the reflective surface of the number plate. Over time these laws have been modified to allow certain exceptions (such as a white light to illuminate the number plate itself), but the yellow colouring has stuck.

Who makes number plates?

When purchasing the legal right to a registration from National Numbers you will be able to also purchase the matching acrylic plates - these plates come from Jepson & Co. who are the world's oldest number plate supplier with over 120 years of experience in supplying number plates. Meeting the strict British Standard (BS AU 145d) their plates are of the highest quality, resistant to impact, bend, discolouration, thermal change and more.

Where to get number plates made up?

National Numbers offer a make your own plate search that allows you to pick letters and numbers of your choosing and check the availability of these combinations. At the time of purchase, you can also secure the acrylic registration plates for your vehicle with a choice of flag, border and 3D effect font.

How do number plates work in the UK?

Dateless Reg Issued up to 1963 Carry no year identifier, so can be assigned to any roadworthy vehicle.
Suffix Reg Issued from 1963 to 1982 Three letters, one, two or three digits, then a year identifying letter.
Prefix Reg Issued from 1983 to 2001 A year identifying letter, one, two or three digits, then three more letters.
New Style Reg Issued from 2001 to current Two letters, a pair of year identifying digits, then three more letters.

Are number plates a good investment?

The private registration business has been thriving for over 37 years. During that time the return on private registrations has continued to climb. Like antiques, knowing which registrations will hold their value over time is critical to knowing where to place your money.

If you are looking to invest in registrations, the place to start is the cherished plate area of the market. These short and snappy dateless registrations, some of which date as far back to 1903 so have over 100 years of heritage to go with them, are few in number and with that rarity comes ever increasing asking prices.

Beyond that, good matches to names, words or popular initials will always be in demand. Key to getting the largest return is being quick enough to snap up a reg when it is first issued, as typically this will be the cheapest the registration will ever be priced at. From then on, each time it changes hands the markup increases.

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