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Personalised number plates, also known as private plates can be purchased and used on DVLA registered vehicles. Some types of private plates, such as the Northern Ireland style, allow you to hide the age of a vehicle. Many people use personalised number plates to display their name, initials, hobbies, interests, vehicle model or occupation.

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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!

Finding the perfect Personalised Number Plate

Check out our huge range of UK personalised number plates using our easy plate search tool or call our expert advisors who are on hand to help you decide on that perfect plate, should you need a little extra guidance or inspiration.

Tom Williams contacted us for some advice on how to find personalised number plates for him. He wanted one that would display his name and date of birth, so we suggested W16 TOM among others. Please see his photo below!

We are experts in finding our clients really personalised matches. We have put some tips and ideas to assist you here into a guide. We hope you will find the perfect personalised number plates, whether you are looking for a registration that is personal to your name like Tom or have someone else in mind.

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How to use your personalised number plates

You may choose to put your chosen registration mark onto your vehicle or keep it on retention until you are ready to use it. See our helpful guide here to answer any questions you may have about how to use a personalised number plate.

Important DVLA rules to consider when displaying Number Plates

- It is illegal to misrepresent the format of a number plate.
- You cannot assign a registration mark to a vehicle that makes it appear younger. i.e. If you have a 1998 vehicle with registration mark R189 UED then you can not assign the 2005 registration mark AB05ABC onto it. Registration Suitability Checker
- Vehicles must have current MOT (if of the necessary age) and Road Tax (or be exempt) to take part in the government transfer scheme.
- Number Plates always contain a number.

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.

How does selling personalised number plates work?

If you have a Personalised Number Plate which you would like to sell, you can list it for sale through our website. Simply click here to register your details and as soon as we have any interest in your Personalised Number Plate we will contact you.

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