In the UK, private number plates are a popular way to personalise your car and make it stand out from the crowd. But can you choose your own private number plate? The answer is yes, but there are a few things you need to know before you do.
What is a Private Number Plate?
A private number plate is a vehicle registration plate that has been assigned to a vehicle by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). These plates can be customised with letters and numbers of your choice, allowing you to create a unique look for your car.
How Do I Choose My Own Private Number Plate?
If you want to choose your own private number plate, the first step is to find out what’s available. You can do this by using our number plates search system. Once you’ve found the right combination of letters and numbers for your car, you can then purchase it directly on our website and we will do the rest!
What Are The Rules For Choosing A Private Number Plate?
When choosing a private number plate, there are certain rules that must be followed. All plates must comply with legal requirements such as not containing offensive language or symbols and the release date of the number plate in comparison to the first registration date of your vehicle is very important as you cannot make a vehicle look newer than it is by using a registration that was released more recently than your vehicle was first registered. You can make the vehicle look older, however, and we have a wide range of “dateless” number plates that can go onto any vehicle.
Dateless number plates were released up to 1963 when registrations started to be dated by the use of a suffix letter at the end of the plate – i.e ABC 123A. In 1983 when they got to the end of the available letters, it swapped to having a prefix letter at the start of the registration – i.e A123 ABC and then in 2001 we moved to the current system of using a 2 digit number inserted between 5 letters where the numbers 02 to 50 indicate a release each year in March and 51 to 99 is a yearly release in September.
How Much Does It Cost To Get A Private Number Plate?
The cost of getting a private number plate will depend on several factors such as the type of plate chosen and the combination of letters and numbers. Generally speaking, prices start from around £300 but can go up significantly depending on how rare or desirable the combination of letters and numbers is.
In conclusion, yes it is possible to choose your own private number plate in the UK and we can help you with that so if you are at all unsure, please give us a call or drop us an email. We are here to help.