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How to get the Most of Your Number Plate Search

We at Motoreg Ltd know it may difficult on where to start with a number plate search.

The first thing to consider with your number plate search is to find the right style. Over the last century number plates in the UK there has been various number formats issued so its important to know the differences when starting your number plate search. When searching our database of number plates you will find the results of searches has number plates that include all the various number plate formats over the last century since registrations were first used from classic dateless number plates to the current style number plates.

Here are the different styles of number plates that have been used on UK cars:

  • Current Style Number Plates
  • Prefix Style Number Plates
  • Suffix Style Number Plates
  • Classic Dateless Number Plates
  • Dateless Northern Ireland Number Plates

Our database has a huge amount of number plates so we at Motoreg Ltd always say to help your number plate search the more information you give, the more accurate your results of number plates available you will get.

Another tip on how to best search for number plates is for example if you are about to search a private plate with 2 initials go a step further and search using all your 3 initials, this way will get you that perfect plate you want.

You can also search our monthly offers that are selected to give a great selection of value for money number plates that can be viewed for immediate sale. Our huge database of number plates are updated regularly so you will searching for all known available number plates, however if for some reason there is a specific number plate that is not showing on our website please let us know and we will be happy to advise if we can track it down for you.

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A Guide to the Different Formats of Number Plates Available

Current Style Number Plates

The current style of number plates was first introduced by the DVLA in 2001. They are very easily recognised, and take the following format:



This is a very popular option for a number plate, especially because there are many different options to make a message or a word that means something to you.

There are literally millions of possibilities when choosing the current style number plate however the letters I, Q and Z are not available to use. But do not worry the two-letter two number three letter format leaves plenty of room for creativity.

Suffix Style Number Plates

The suffix style number plates originally existed between 1963 and 1982. They follow this structure:

LetterLetterLetterNumber (between 1-3 digits) – Letter


The suffix style of number plates are very popular because they can be used to display personalised details like a name or even a set of 3 initials like 'JON 17G' or 'PAE 22E'.

These style of number plates are a simple number plate style that is uncomplicated and more obvious what it is displaying and because has not been produced since 1982 people will be aware it is a private plate.

Prefix Style Number Plates

The prefix style number plates were used between 1983 and 2001 and replaced the suffix style. They follow the structure of having 3 letters at the end.

LetterNumber (between 1-3 digits) – LetterLetterLetter


Like the suffix style the pre fix number plates can be used to personalise a plate in the same way. The most popular feature of this style number plates is that the last 3 letters are often use for initials.

There are lots of other ways these number plates can be used like years of birth, the date of the month you were born or even your age.

An example of this style of number plate that can display someones initials is 'G12 AJH' for Andrew John Harris. Because this style of number plate has not been produced for a long time will make people realise it is a personalised number plate.

Classic Dateless Number Plates

Dateless number plates were the first style of number plate used from 1903 through to the suffix plates that started in 1963.

The first registration of A1 is a valuable example of a dateless number plate that shows no year within its details and so no reference to the year it was issued.


As well as being old the value of these number plates is that they can be assigned to any newer cars because there is no reference to its age making them an instant personalised number plate.

With their no format style means these number plates can be used to display many personal things like names, words and it is well known having a number plate that starts with a letter A and then numbers is going to be a very valuable number plate because it is so unique.

Northern Ireland Number Plates

Northern Irish number plates are dateless plates that can be legally transferred to vehicles in all parts of the UK. Northern Irish plates have a three-letter prefix, which is a way of recognising what region the plate plate was issued. This is followed by a number of 1-4 digits.

Examples of Irish number plates are like these, 'ABZ 5678' and 'FIL 5278’.

ABZ 5678

Car owners wanting to hide the age of their vehicle and do not want to spend thousands of pounds on their personalised number plate often opt for Irish number plates because they do both of these things.
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Private Number Plates and Cherished Registrations

With thousands of personalised, cherished & private number plates Motoreg Ltd will have the perfect registration for you to buy.

Our personalised registrations can be bought from us and used on DVLA registered vehicles. Some types of private plate registrations, such as the Northern Ireland number plates, can be cheap number plates and are a great option to hide the age of your vehicle. Buy one of our private plates and have some fun, they can de used to show your name, initials, vehicle model, job type and for many other reasons.

Thinking of selling your private number plate? If so, sell it to us at Motoreg Ltd.

Every private registration has its own value, to find out how much your private number plate is worth you can phone us on 024 7640 7604 or complete our Free & Easy number plate valuation.

It's as simple as that, we will provide you with an independent and up to date valuation figure that we would buy it for.

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