Current Number Plates from 2001 to 2050


April 13, 2013 By Mike Lee
Last updated on July 28, 2015

In September 2001 The DVLA (Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency) introduced the current number plates format, which replaces Prefix Number Plates and standardized the colour, typeface and allowed for the addition of a logo. This new format will run until 2050.

Number Plate Identification And Format
A Number Plate

The first 2 letters are the regional identifier
The first letter representing the region, the second letter being the DVLA local office identifier. Note there are no I, Q or Z letters used for either letter. For a complete list of regional identifiers See below.

The following 2 numbers are the age identifiers
These change every six months in March and September. The first plates were ’51’ plates in September 2001, followed by ‘02’ in March 2002 and so on. In 2010 the numbers will be 10 and 61 for the next ten years. For a complete list of age identifiers See below.

The next 3 letters are random
Note: there are no I or Q or offensive letter combinations.


Number Plate Characters – 1st Sept 2001 onwards
The characters have been reduced to 50mm from 57mm to allow for the Euro Symbol. Plates must now comply with the following dimensions:

Height
79mm
Width (except for number ‘1’)
50mm
Stroke
14mm
Space Between characters
11mm
Space Between groups
33mm
Top, bottom and side margins ( minimum )
11mm
Space between vertical lines
19mm

 

Additional notes
The Euro-symbol
Euro-symbolThe Euro symbol and GB national identifier can be displayed on current number plates. This will dispense with the need for a separate GB sticker when traveling within the EU. The symbol must conform to the EC Council Regulation 2411/98 which states the height must be a minimum of 98mm, the width must be a minimum of 40mm, maximum of 50mm. The background must be of retro-reflecting blue with, 12 retro-reflecting yellow stars at the top and the distinguishing sign of the Member State (GB) in retro-reflecting white or yellow.

The British Standard
The British Standard sets out the physical characteristics of the number plate. This includes visibility, strength and reflectivity. The British Standard also requires each number plate to be permanently and legibly marked with the following information:-

1. The British Standard number (currently BS AU 145d)

2. The name, trade mark or other means of identification of the
manufacturer or component supplier

3. Name and postcode of the supplying outlet

Offences
It is an offence to alter, rearrange or misrepresent letters or numbers in order to form names or words or in such a way that makes it difficult to read the registration number. Characters must not be moved from one block to the other e.g. AB51 DVL must not be displayed as AB5 1DVL or AB 51DVL. Vehicles with illegally displayed number plates may FAIL the MOT test. The police can also issue fixed penalty fines for illegally displayed number plates. Offenders are liable to a MAXIMUM FINE of £1,000 and in some cases the mark may be withdrawn.
For vehicles with current number plates or replacement number plates fitted after 31.8.2001, “3-line” number plates are no longer permitted.


Age Identifiers For Current Number Plates

Numbers

Dates

March

September

Year

n/a

51

2001

02

52

2002

03

53

2003

04

54

2004

05

55

2005

06

56

2006

07

57

2007

08

58

2008

09

59

2009

10

60

2010

11

61

2011

12

62

2012

13

63

2013

14

64

2014

15

65

2015

16

66

2016

17

67

2017

18

68

2018

19

69

2019

20

70

2020

21

71

2021

22

72

2022

23

73

2023

24

74

2024

25

75

2025

etc

etc

etc

 

Regional Identifiers For Current Number Plates

1st letter

Region

DVLA office

Local identifier (2nd letter)

A

Anglia

Peterborough

A – N

Norwich

O – U

Ipswich

V – Y

B

Birmingham

Birmingham

A – Y

C

Cymru

Cardiff

A – O

Swansea

P – V

Bangor

W – Y

D

Deeside to Shrewsbury

Chester

A – K

Shrewsbury

L – Y

E

Essex

Chelmsford

A – Y

F

Forest and Fens

Nottingham

A – P

Lincoln

R – Y

G

Garden of England

Maidstone

A – O

Brighton

P – Y

H

Hampshire and Dorset

Bournemouth

A – J

Portsmouth

K-V & X, Y

Isle of Wight

W

K

Kettering

Luton

A – L

Northampton

M – Y

L

London

Wimbledon

A – J

Stanmore

K – T

Sidcup

U – Y

M

Manchester & Merseyside

Manchester

A – Y

N

North

Newcastle

A – O

Stockton

P – Y

O

Oxford

Oxford

A – Y

P

Preston

Preston

A – T

Carlisle

U – Y

R

Reading

Reading

A – Y

S

Scotland

Glasgow

A – J

Edinburgh

K – O

Dundee

P – T

Aberdeen

U, V, W

Inverness

X, Y

V

Severn Valley

Worcester

A – Y

W

West of England

Exeter

A – J

Truro

K, L

Bristol

M – Y

Y

Yorkshire

Leeds

A – K

Sheffield

L – U

Beverley

V – Y