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Number plate format for UK vehicle registration after 2001 including local area markings Wednesday, 19/09/2007 by nik

A new registration mark system began on 1 September 2001 for all new vehicles being registered in the UK. This article outlines the key features and markings helping you identify where the vehicle has come from and the age of the vehicle.

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The new format comprises seven characters and include local and age identifiers, as shown below. The "local memory tag" is linked to the DVLA local office where the vehicle was first registered and is intended to help witnesses recall details of the number plate.

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The age identifier changes every six months in March and September. In the example above BD signifies Birmingham, 51 represents September 2001 and SMR is the random element. Lists of local memory tags and age identifiers are shown overleaf. Please note, DVLA local office identifiers may on occasion be subject to change.

 

Letter Local Office DVLA local office Identifier

A Anglia Peterborough AA AB AC AD AE AF AG AH AJ AK AL AM AN Norwich AO AP AR AS AT AU Ipswich AV AW AX AY

B Birmingham Birmingham BA – BY

C Cymru Cardiff CA CB CC CD CE CF CG CH CJ CK CL CM CN CO Swansea CP CR CS CT CU CV Bangor CW CX CY

D Deeside to Chester DA DB DC DD DE DF DG DH DJ DK Shrewsbury Shrewsbury DL DM DN DO DP DR DS DT DU DV DW DX DY

E Essex Chelmsford EA – EY

F Forest & Fens Nottingham FA FB FC FD FE FF FG FH FJ FK FL FM FN FP Lincoln FR FS FT FV FW FX FY

G Garden of England Maidstone GA GB GC GD GE GF GG GH GJ GK GL GM GN GO Brighton GP GR GS GT GU GV GW GX GY

H Hampshire & Bournemouth HA HB HC HD HE HF HG HH HJ Dorset Portsmouth HK HL HM HN HO HP HR HS HT HU HV HW HX HY (HW will be used exclusively for Isle of Wight residents)

K Luton KA KB KC KD KE KF KG KH KJ KK KL Northampton KM KN KO KP KR KS KT KU KV KW KX KY

L London Wimbledon LA LB LC LD LE LF LG LH LJ Stanmore LK LL LM LN LO LP LR LS LT Sidcup LU LV LW LX LY

M Manchester Manchester MA – MY & Merseyside (MN + MAN Reserved for the Isle of Man)

N North Newcastle NA NB NC ND NE NG NH NJ NK NL NM NN NO Stockton NP NR NS NT NU NV NW NX NY

O Oxford Oxford OA – OY

P Preston Preston PA PB PC PD PE PF PG PH PJ PK PL PM PN PO PP PR PS PT Carlisle PU PV PW PX PY

R Reading Reading RA – RY

S Scotland Glasgow SA SB SC SD SE SF SG SH SJ Edinburgh SK SL SM SN SO Dundee SP SR SS ST Aberdeen SU SV SW Inverness SX SY

V Severn Valley Worcester VA – VY

W West of England Exeter WA WB WC WD WE WF WG WH WJ Truro WK WL Bristol WM WN WO WP WR WS WT WU WV WW WX WY

Y Yorkshire Leeds YA YB YC YD YE YF YG YH YJ YK Sheffield YL YM YN YO YP YR YS YT YU Beverley YV YW YX YY

Age Identifiers

Date Code Date Code

Sept 2001 – Feb 2002 51

March 2002 – Aug 2002 02 Sept 2002 – Feb 2003 52

March 2003 – Aug 2003 03 Sept 2003 – Feb 2004 53

March 2004 – Aug 2004 04 Sept 2004 – Feb 2005 54

March 2005 – Aug 2005 05 Sept 2005 – Feb 2006 55

March 2006 – Aug 2006 06 Sept 2006 – Feb 2007 56

March 2007 – Aug 2007 07 Sept 2007 – Feb 2008 57

March 2008 – Aug 2008 08 Sept 2008 – Feb 2009 58

March 2009 – Aug 2009 09 Sept 2009 – Feb 2010 59

March 2010 – Aug 2010 10 Sept 2010 – Feb 2011 60

March 2011 – Aug 2011 11 Sept 2011 – Feb 2012 61

This pattern will continue until all permutations are exhausted.

A new number plate format was introduced on 1 September 2001.

At the same time new regulations took effect governing design, manufacture and display of number plates. The regulations introduce a standard typeface, making it easier for number plates to be read. The change applies to the plates of vehicles registered from 1 September 2001 and to all replacement plates issued from that date. The regulations end the use of italic, multiple stroke and other difficult to read lettering on number plates.

N.B: I and Q are not used in the new format. Q appears on some old format number plates, these "Q marks" will continue to be issued. See booklet INF46 "Registration numbers and you" for information.

Z is only used in the random element of the new format.

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