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About Current Style registrations

The current format for UK registrations was introduced by the DVLA in September 2001. It uses the structure AA** AAA, where ** is a two digit number representing the period that the vehicle is first registered. Current style registrations cannot incorporate the letters I or Q; and Z can only appear in the last three letters.

New registrations are released in this style twice a year. They are issued between 1st March - 31st August, and 1st September - 28th February. For example, AB02 CDE would represent a vehicle registered on or after the 1st March 2002, and AB53 CDE, would represent a vehicle registered on or after the 1st September 2003.

This style of registration allows for more combinations than the previous styles. The style is ideal for spelling words in full, such as BU11 DER, GU17 TAR or MA12 RKY. Because of its length the style also allows for words to be spelt in the initial four digits as well as using the last three for short words or initials. Examples of this would be FA57 HEY (Fast), BO55 SSX (Boss), or , JU57 UUU (Just). Current-Style registrations can also begin with OO - these mimic dateless style registrations because O and 0 look the same on the number plate itself. You could have OO18 AMY, or OO07 JEN.

If you have a specific current style registration in mind, you can use our “Current Style Search” to try and find what you are looking for.

Please note: When choosing a current style registration it is important to note that you cannot make a vehicle look newer than it is. This means that you will need to check that the age of the registration is suitable for your vehicle. In this instance the age identifier is represented by the two numbers in the registration mark.

The current style of registrations will be periodically issued until 28th February 2051. To see whether your vehicle is suitable for a registration you can check it by selecting your vehicle age in our transfer age checking tool.

To search for a specific registration, you can follow these steps:

  • Select the first two letters of your choice (known as the area code from where the vehicle is originally registered).
  • Choose a number from the drop down combinations.
  • Finally, choose three letters to spell what you are looking for. Many use these for initials or make of vehicle.
  • If the combination you have selected is not available, our search will offer you similar matches directly from our database.

If you are trying to spell a word and need to fill a space where a letter should be, you can use the letter X as a filler or select the number that most closely resembles the letter you need.

E.g. 12 as the letter R or 11 as H. Alternatively, 5 for S or 4 for A.

If any of these characters do not hold any significance to you, you can leave the selection as “ANY”. Please note that you need to select at least 2 characters from the dropdown to be able to search for registrations.

Examples of Current-Style registrations

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