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Find a Private Number Plate Guide

Tips & Ideas

Here you will find some great ideas for all styles of private number plates to help you find a meaningful combination of letters and numbers for that perfect registration. Our handy tips will show you how to make your number plate truly personal.

Phonetics

Private number plates can read like words. You can use visual tricks and phonetics to spell out your name or a word, such as swapping numbers for letters.

0 O
1 I
2 Z R
3 E
4 A
5 S
6 B G C
7 Y
8 B
9 G
10 IO
11 II U H
12 R
13 B
14 IA
15 IS
16 19 IG
17 N A

You can also use letters and numbers to represent whole words.

B Be Bee
C See Sea
CU See you
D Dee
G Gee
J Jay
K Kay
KT Katie
K8 Kate
L El
M Em
MA Emma
O Oh
P Pee
R Are
RC Arsey
T Tea Tee
U You
Y Why
XS Excess
XTC Ecstasy
1 One Won
2 Two Too To
4 For Fore
8 Ate Hate
12 One To
1A One For
4 TEE 40
6 TEE 60
7 TEE 70
8 TEE 80
9 TEE 90

Fillers

Once you’ve chosen what you want your private numberplate to say you might find you don’t have enough characters to fill the plate. Using characters as ‘fillers’ is a great way to find a match and to create a distinctive looking plate. You can find some tips to help you below.

You can use letters as fillers by adding them at the beginning or end of words, or even in the middle.

Xs can be used as kisses and Ss and Zs can be added to the end of words to make them plural or possessive (e.g. GEMS, GEMZ)
XSZ
You can also repeat letters and numbers. The eye tends to skim over repetitions meaning they can be added without detracting from the important digits of your registration.
NNN333XX

Starters

Here are some great ways to start a private number plate—just add your name or initials to the end for a distinctive, fun registration.

Prefix style plates

M155 XXX M15 XXX
MISS
M12 XXX D12 XXX
MR and DR
B16 XXX B19 XXX
BIG
K155 XXX K15 XXX
KISS

Current style plates

MR55 XXX MR52 XXX
MRS
BO55 XXX BO52 XXX
BOSS
WH05 XXX WH02 XXX
WHO'S
BE57 XXX EA51 XXX
BEST and EASY

Combinations

You don’t have to stick to expressing just one thing on a private number plate; you can combine several ideas to achieve a personalised registration. Why not try combining some of the elements below?

UF04 TOM
Tom, UFO spotter
S424 PUG
Sara, loves her Pug
J29 GEM
Gemma, July 29th
wedding anniversary
RO54 BMW
Rosa, BMW driver
JH09 UFC
Justin, UFC addict
M14 MOO
Mia, cattle farmer

Initials

You can use initials at the beginning or end of a private number plate or even repeat them.
XX02 GEGAL02 AEL
JE04 XXXX11 SJW

Couples or ‘His and Hers’

MR02 MRSME04 YOU
YU04 MEEH15 HER
AC04 JDCJC04 AEC
You can combine a couple’s initials or names, or opt for MR and MRS private number plates. By reversing which names or initials are at the beginning and end of a plate, you can create matching his and hers private number plates.

Special dates or age

You can commemorate a birthday, wedding anniversary or special age on a private numberplate.

X54 JEN 84 CS
XX03 NOV J29 XXX
NV03 XXX X29 JUL
76 FGW KWO 21
X54 JEN 84 CS

Funny messages

There are lots of ways that you can make a private number plate fun, naughty, or simply show that the driver has a sense of humour!

M36 WOWSU51 COR
WH05 BADGH57 BOO
D35 FUNL33 SXY
6 BYE0004 POO

Ideas for personalised plates

Here are some ideas to help you to find the perfect unique private number plate.

Names

Using our tips it couldn’t be easier to create your own custom name plate.
J3 NNY J4 MES 4 NDY
A1 JOE M4 NDY T4 MMY

Private number plates like the examples above can cost thousands, but, if you’re clever and don’t mind shortening your name (or including letters from your surname), finding an inexpensive private number plate for your name couldn’t be easier!

Using numbers to replace letters
G3 MMASH12 LEY
L4 URAGA12 ETH
MAR 1EROS 5
EDW 412D54 LLY
Using letters from the surname, repeating a letter and using Xs or Ss
G3 MAWBA12 RYX
P4 ULXAA64 THA
MUR 44Y64 RYS
ASH 113YCHR 155
Swapping letters around, using alternative letters or spelling the name phonetically
D321 DREKR51 TAN
L43 NNEJE55 YCA
ROE 5Y90 RGE
SOH 14LHET 1
Using a shortened form of the name or a nickname
M4 RGEXX56 JEN
G30 RGY0003 GEM
KAT 29GDEN 1
LYN 52PGIL 5427

Jobs, hobbies, and interests

Proud plumber? Crazy about cars? Devoted to your dogs? Then why not spell it out on a private number plate? Private numberplates can be linked to your job, career, hobbies or business interests.

Jobs and careers
BU11 DERB4 KER B21 CKSB13 BAP
S1 NGSM12 SPY D33 JAYM16 BUG
F1 OWSM2 NEY H20 MANKI55 VAT
DEN 71STX999 SOS T33 THSF111 RES
Cars
H10 NDAN15 SANL4 MBO
F13 STAX3 BMWA3 AUD
VW02 BUG6 OLFR10 LLS
V40 LVOF12 FERKA04 XXX
Hobbies and Interests
KN11 TSSGO11 FER Y444 RNST33 OFF
AR53 NALF15 HER FOO 71EAN61 ERS
MA61 CXXB111 NGO W444 NDSLEG 511
M333 OWWME12 LOT WH15 KERCH11 RAZ

Phrases

DR BOB D12 BOB
BIG BOY B16 BOY
B19 BOY
MR MAN M12 MAN
TEA FOR TWO T4 TWO

Our Suggestions

P4 ULX
Paul, with a kiss on the end
JX03 NNY
Jenni, with a kiss in the middle
XS09 HSS
Soph's with a kiss at the front
K8 KLX
Katherine (Kate) Lambert and a kiss
SHZ 40
Sharon's 40th birthday
JE55 GAZ
Jessica and Gareth
0007 RAY
Ray, the James Bond fan
MR52 DVS
Mrs Davies, born in 1952
SW03 MAZ
Sheila Walters who drives a Mazda
H20 DAN
Dan, the plumber
XX04 AMY
Kisses for Amy
P5 EDT
Patrick, Sarah and their three children: Erica, Daniel, and Thomas
JU57 NNN
Justin
G3 MAW
Gemma
MW07 GEW GW07 MDW
Mr and Mrs Wood, married in July
X999 ROB
A kiss for Rob, who works for the emergency services
GW03 NOV
George Williams, born on 3rd November
D999 NER
Dorothy Niner
WC04 POO
Wastewater Treatment Company

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