Personal number plate 3 Letter Combination Search
Suffix style registrations, also known as personal number plates, were introduced by the DVLA in February 1963, as they were running out of dateless combinations to use, having already issued millions of vehicle registration marks across the country. It also increased customer protection since the key attribute of the personal number plate is that it would now be easy to identify the age of a vehicle. They use the structure BBB*A, where A is a letter which represents the period that the vehicle was first registered, and * is a 1-3 digit number. This style is the reverse of its successor the Prefix style, which follows the format A*BBB. Suffix style registrations cannot incorporate the letters I, Q or Z; O and U can only appear in the first three letters.
Suffix style registrations were initially released annually and were issued between 1st January and 31st December of each year. This changed with the introduction of the F-registrations on 1st August 1967, which started the annual release of registrations in the period 1st August - 31st July.
Personal number plates are often used as an alternative to the more expensive dateless style and will suit the more historical makes of vehicle in the UK. They are also often used as cover plates to hide the age of a vehicle. They can be used to emphasise initials or abbreviated words, such as DKH222T or KRS751V. Occasionally they are used to emphasise a name, such as RAJ84C or HEL6H. They are also used to spell out an entire word (TER122Y).
How to use this search
If you are looking to browse the 3 letter combinations of our Suffix Style personal 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 personal number plates starting with your chosen combination, simply click on the link.
Please note: When choosing a suffix 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 last letter of the registration mark.
To see whether your vehicle is suitable for a registration you can check it by selecting your vehicle age in our Transfer Age Rules Checker.