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  • If you need guidance you can access the Number Plates Guides for relevant help by clicking this icon
  • To find out which private numberplates are suitable for your age of vehicle, use our handy transfer age checking tool

About the Smart Search

Our unique system generates all the private number plate searches possible, based on your input, and then checks our database of over 50 million plates for suitable matches.

The Smart Search system does all the work so you don't have to! If you don't find anything you really like, simply complete a short enquiry form and one of our expert personnel will do the searching for you.

How to use the Smart Search

To start simply type in what you are looking for, whether it’s a name, a keyword, a special number sequence, initials, anything. Our Smart Search will do the work for you, generating results tailored to your preferences.

If you would like to search a little deeper for something more specific, simply click on the Advanced Options tab which will allow you to filter the search results by plate style, plate status, budget etc. This is a great option if you have something specific in mind you would like to purchase.

Helpful tip

  • If you're searching for a specific word let the Smart Search system work out the number/letter swaps for you; PETER, for example, will get you better results than P3T3R.

Find a Private Number Plate GuideSearch results explained

Plate status descriptions explained

As you browse through your search results, you will notice that the private numberplates are listed with different descriptions such as ‘AVAILABLE NOW or 'CHECK IT NOW'. This guide will help you understand the differences between the different types of private number plate.

NEW – AVAILABLE NOW:  You will be the first person to own the exclusive rights to use these private number plates. You can purchase these over the phone or online, immediately, with a choice of transfer options.

PRE-OWNED – AVAILABLE NOW:  These private number plates are already in private ownership but are available to buy straight away over the phone or online. Some are held on certificates and some are being used on vehicles, so transfer options will vary.

PRE-OWNED – CHECK IT NOW:  These private numberplates are already privately owned and we are acting for the seller as their agent. If you enquire into one of these we will contact the seller to confirm availability and other details before proceeding.

NEW RELEASE – HOW TO BUY:  These private number plates are new-series government releases which occur twice each year. They have never existed before and will be released as part of the next registration mark sequence.

Click the View button to:

  • See your chosen private number plate on a selection of example vehicles
  • Learn about and choose additional purchase options
  • See the full price for the private numberplate, including VAT and the Government Transfer Fee*

*As with all other private number plate transfer agents, prices are initially shown excluding VAT and Government Transfer fees by default.

Find a Private Number Plate GuideA brief history of number plates

The UK number plate system was introduced in late 1903 with the registration 'A1', debatably, being the first. Registration marks were issued in sequence and related to the geographic area they were issued. The registration system has undergone many changes since then. We have put together a brief guide to the different private numberplate styles for you below.

Dateless Style number plates (Mainland UK) (issued between 1903 and 1963)

123 ABCABC 123Show Me How
A1
The Ultimate Registration Mark
25 JR
Janet 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
XMA 55
It’s Christmas!
  • Can be transferred to any age vehicle
  • Very rare due to their age
  • Generally the most expensive style
  • No I, Q or Z in the registration

I wanted a Dateless plate to cover the age of my vehicle and that would hopefully act as an investment. Plates4Less suggested BB 1967, BJB 808 and XOX 222.

Brett James Brown, DOB 1967, Accountant

Our Dateless Number Plates area is the most comprehensive in the industry, including lots of useful tools, check out these areas (these links open in new window):


Suffix Style number plates (issued between 1963 and 1983)

ABC 1AShow Me How
ANG 314D
Angela Davies
KEN 1X
Kenneth, Number 1, Kiss
JON 3S
Jones
EDW 412D
Edward
GHO 5T
Ideal For Rolls Royce Owners and Supernatural Believers!
RAC 3R
Racer
JAC 1P
Jack or Jacqueline, Number 1, Peters
CAB 846E
Cabbage, For Vegetarians!
TVR 802T
TVR
TVR 4X
TVR
BMW 763V
BMW
COS 74A
Costa
JAG 805S
Jag Boss
  • Age identifier is the last letter (suffix)
  • No I, Q or Z in the registration

Plates4Less offered me SAL 19Y which was a great option for us.

Tom, searching for a present for Sally

Here are interesting areas for you to look at (these links open in new window):


Prefix Style number plates (issued between 1983 and 2001)

A1 ABCShow Me How
L4 URA
LAURA
E12 ROR
Computer Developers
G3 MMA
Gemma
M155 GEG
Miss Grace Elizabeth Gallagher
K155 AJS
Kiss, Amy Jane Smith
J46 UAR
Jaguar
X999 ROB
Kiss, For Rob who works in 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
  • Age identifier is the first letter (prefix)
  • No I, Q or Z in the registration

I wanted a fun plate for my new car. Plates4Less found K155ESS for me which I love!

Amy, looking for a plate for her new car

Take a look at the useful features within our Prefix Style Area (opens in new window)


Current Style number plates (issued since 2001)

AA51 ABCShow Me How
OO07 RAY
For Raymond, A James Bond fan
AN63 LAJ
Angela Jones
YU11 MMY
Tasty Plate!
LO12 RYS
Haulage Firm
AN11 MAL
Sports Car Fans/ 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
FA57 BMW
Fast BMW car
BE57 JAG
Best Jaguar car
  • Age identifier is the two digit number in the middle
  • No I or Q and Z only in the last three letters

I was looking for a plate that spelled my name exactly. Plates4Less suggested the ultimate ‘Shirley’ plate, SH12LEY.

Shirley, looking for the perfect plate for her name

Find your perfect plate by searching in our Current Style Area (opens in new window)


Northern Irish Number plates

ABZ 1234Show Me How
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
Petrol-head
MIG 6857
Cover Plate, Ideal for hiding vehicle age!
  • Can be transferred to any age vehicle
  • Always have an I or Z in the registration
  • A cheaper alternative to a dateless number plate

I wanted to get my husband a unique gift. Plates4Less suggested DAZ 84 which is perfect as it’s his nickname and year of birth!

Ai, searching for a gift for her husband, Darren

Find your perfect plate by searching in our Irish Style Area (opens in new window)

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