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Cherished registration 3 Letter Combination Search

Dateless Style

Dateless style, or “Cherished” registrations were introduced by local licensing authorities in 1903. These registrations initially followed the format of A*, where A is a one- or two-letter code, and * is a number between 1 and 9999. In 1932 these were extended to include a three-letter code and the possibility of reversed registrations in the format *A, where the number precedes the one- to three-letter code.

Due to the rise in traffic it became necessary for each vehicle to be easily identified and so the UK number plate system was introduced. The registration mark 'A1' was the first number plate issued in London. Registration marks would be issued in sequence and relate to the area of the country where the vehicles were registered. Each local DVLA office (formerly known as the DVLC) would have their own unique letter sequences that they would assign to newly registered vehicles. Dateless number plates were issued up until 1963 when they were replaced by Suffix style number plates.

Dateless style registrations do not refer to the year that a vehicle was first registered. This means that a dateless number plate can be re-assigned or transferred to any age of vehicle.

The lack of age restriction is the same as Northern Ireland registration marks which also date from the same era but are still being issued today. These are in more plentiful supply so they tend to be cheaper in price and can be easily identified as they always contain either a letter I or Z. The main benefit of dateless number plates and the reason why they are very popular is that they hide the ages of the vehicles that they are displayed on.

Cherished registrations are used to spell or emphasise short words, such as 1CEO, SAG333 or 7OMS. They are also useful to hide the age of a vehicle, or to give a wider variety of options for those looking to assign a registration to an older vehicle, such as D8651,16XF or UHU844.

How to use this search

If you are looking to browse the 3 letter combinations of our Dateless Style number plates, simply select a letter from the options below. This will then generate a list of all 3 letter combinations available for this style of registration. To view all cherished registrations containing your chosen combination, simply click on the link.

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