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Personal Car Registrations

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This unique system generates all the private number plate searches possible, based on your input and then checks our huge database of over 40 million plates for matches.

The system does all the work so that you don't have to. However, if you don't see anything you like online, you can always fill in a short enquiry form for one of our expert staff to do more searching for you!

Prefix Style Search

Our biggest seller, millions to choose from at reasonable prices.

D12 SAM
P3 TER
1983 - 2001

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L4 URA
Laura
E12 ROR
For computer developers!
G3 MMA
Gemma
M155 GEG
Miss Grace Elizabeth Gallagher
K155 AJS
Kiss, Amy Jane Smith
J46 UAR
Jaguar
X999 ROB
A kiss for Rob, who works in the emergency services
N16 GKM
Nov 16th (Date of Birth), George K Moore
X40 JHD
Kiss, 40th Birthday, Janet Hannah Davies
K8 KLX
Katherine (Kate) Lambert, X for a kiss

Current Style Search

The same structure as registrations being issued on new vehicles.

VW05 BUG
GA12 ETH
2001 - Present

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OO07 RAY
For Ray, a James Bond fan
AN63 LAJ
Angela Jones
YU11 MMY
Tasty plate!
LO12 RYS
Haulage firm
AN11 MAL
For sports car fans or vets
SH12 LEY
Best plate for Shirley
SA12 AHJ
Sarah Jayne
BO55 RPJ
Boss, Rhys Paul James
JE55 GAZ
Jessica and Gary
MR52 DVS
Mrs Davies
XK03 JRC
XK Jaguar, John Robert Clark
JD04 CPD
Mr John Dawson and Mrs Claire P Dawson

Dateless Style Search

Browse or search through these desirable plates. Complete with guidance.

A1
123 ABC
1903 - 1963

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A1
The ultimate registration mark
25 JR
Janet's And Ronald’s 25th Anniversary
999 ROB
Rob the fire-fighter
TOY 5
Ideal for Toyota or toy store owners
AJL 33
April Jeanette Lee
4 CMP
For Christopher Michael Parkinson
ALF 45
Alfred or Alfie
XMA 55
It’s Christmas!

Suffix Style Search

The first UK “dated” number plates, great value and ideal to cover the age of a vehicle.

JON 3S
ABC 123D
1963 - 1983

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ANG 314D
Angela Davies
KEN 1X
Kenneth, Number 1, Kiss
JON 3S
Jones
EDW 412D
Edward
GHO 5T
Ideal for Rolls Royce Owners, or believers in the supernatural!
RAC 3R
Racer
JAC 1P
Jack or Jacqueline, Number 1, Peters
CAB 846E
Cabbage, for vegetarians!

Northern Ireland Format Numberplates

Great value & are fine for all UK vehicles, they always contain an I or a Z

GIL 123
1903 onwards

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SHZ 40
Sharon's 40th birthday present
BAZ 101
Barry
BIG 8055
Big boss
GIL 2068
Gillian
GAZ 6468
Gareth
LNZ 12
Lyndsey
OIL 999
For a petrol-head!

Personal Car Registrations can be described in a variety of different ways – personal reg plates, private number plates and cherished number plates to name but a few! In politically correct Britain a car registration number is the combination of numbers and letters that is assigned to your vehicle so that it has a unique identity. On the road this sequence is displayed on the number plates which are now made from an acrylic (plastic) material and firmly fixed to your vehicle.

Bargain Number PlatesThe Cover Plate Hotlist

Simply Amazing Value - the Perfect Way to hide the age of your vehicle - from only £130 (inclusive of government fees).
These distinctive “cover plates” can be transferred to any age of vehicle. Prices shown include vat and government transfer fees.

Car registrations have been issued to vehicles since 1903 in carefully planned sequences or series. When all the available combinations in each series were allocated, then a new series was issued and the Government soon realised that it would also be useful if the series gave some indication of the age of the vehicle. Our records thus tell us where and when a plate was issued and what combinations exist from which you can select your private plates.

Starting with A1 and moving up through the sequences to YYY 999 it became necessary to add a letter to the end of the number plates in 1963. This letter became the significant ‘year indicator’ and the plates were called suffix car registrations to describe this. Thus in this year the new series began with AAA 1A.Each year gave rise to the next letter of the alphabet although the letters IOUQ and Z were never issued to avoid them being mistaken for numbers or other letters which looked similar.

Is was probably not until the late 60's that fashion-conscious Britain conjured up the idea of car registrations becoming a personal item. People started making enquiries of what was then the Driver and Vehicle licensing Centre (DVLC) and their local county councils to see if they could move car registrations between vehicles. As soon as this request was legally granted the personal car registrations business began as a natural progression from people's desire to have the car reistration of their choice on their own motor car. They also began asking for the same transfer service when they changed their vehicles so that they could move their personal plate across to it. At that time people were much more interested in their Jaguar E Types and Minis than the number plates they displayed so unfortunately many excellent car registrations have gone to registration mark 'heaven' when the cars were scrapped (never to be re-issued).

By 1983 this series was used up and so the ‘year indicator’ and numbers were moved to the beginning of the plates to start the prefix car registrations series, starting with A1 AAA.

By September 2001 it was necessary to begin the latest ‘current-style’ car registrations series which effectively stopped the use of letters to indicate a vehicle’s age. Nowadays the new number plates begin with a two letter area indicator code followed by a two digit number indicating the age of the vehicle, followed by a three letter combination made up of random letters. TT53 FAB is an example of a current style car registration.

We have sellers of all the types of registration marks mentioned above. To start searching now just use the "Find Number Plates" link at the top of this page.

For more information and frequently asked questions (FAQ) on personal car registrations please click here

Northern Ireland format registrations are commonly known as ‘Irish’ registrations prior to the separation of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Any reference to ‘Irish’ registrations on this page relate to registration marks now known as ‘Northern Ireland format’ registrations.

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