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Information about suffix style number plates

Suffix style number plates were introduced by the DVLA (at that point the DVLC) in 1963. They are known as 'suffix style' as the last letter or 'suffix' is the age identifier (click to see the years).

It is easy to identify a suffix style registration as they always follow the same structure, that is as follows:

Letter Letter Letter {space} up to 3 numbers, Letter. E.g:

suffix number plate example

The reason for the change in system from 'dateless plates' which preceeded this format was two-fold; firstly the DVLC were running out of dateless combinations to use having already issued millions of vehicle registration marks across the country. The second reason was to increase customer protection since the key attribute of the suffix style number plate is that it would now be easy to identify the age of a vehicle. A by-product of making a vehicle's age easily distinguishable is that it created and does continue to propel a demand in the motor industry.

The introduction of the 'age identifier', in this case a letter at the end of the number plate, depending on the date the vehicle was first registered (see below), brought about a new rule in registration transfers which is crucially important when choosing a new number plate.This rule is that you cannot make a vehicle appear younger than it actually is by assigning a registration mark with a newer age identifier to it. For example you cannot assign or display a number plate ending in the suffix letter C (1965 reg) to a vehicle first registered in 1963 which must have a suffix letter A or an older or dateless registration.

Years + links
Please see a list of suffix letters with the years in which they were issued. You can click on the plate to browse through the suffix registrations that we have available from that year.

So, for example

Search for F Reg Suffix Numberplates


registrations ending in F will have been first issued in 1967.

In the example above click the plate image to browse through the F Reg options or Click on a relevent image below or click here to search all suffix plates



  Search for A Reg Suffix Numberplates


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  Search for C Reg Suffix Numberplates


  Search for D Reg Suffix Numberplates




  Search for E Reg Suffix Numberplates




  Search for F Reg Suffix Numberplates


  Search for G Reg Suffix Numberplates


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  Search for J Reg Suffix Numberplates


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  Search for N Reg Suffix Numberplates


  Search for P Reg Suffix Numberplates


  Search for R Reg Suffix Numberplates


  Search for S Reg Suffix Numberplates


  Search for T Reg Suffix Numberplates


  Search for V Reg Suffix Numberplates


  Search for W Reg Suffix Numberplates


  Search for X Reg Suffix Numberplates


  Search for Y Reg Suffix Numberplates


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Important Private Number plates and DVLA Information

DVLA is the government agency responsible for all regulatory matters related to the issue and display of private number plates and car registrations in the UK. The DVLA acronym means Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and its head quarters are here in Swansea from where it controls all UK private registration plates. It was formerly called the DVLC standing for Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre but this title was changed in 1990 and so is now obsolete. In Northern Ireland the government agency responsible for controlling and issuing Northern Ireland format (commonly known as Irish) registrations was the DVA, this is an acronym meaning the Driver Vehicle Agency.
DVLA is a registered trade mark of the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency. We liaise with the agency on a daily basis but VRM Swansea Plates4less is in no way affiliated to the DVLA or DVLA Personalised Registrations.
All personalised number plates and personal registration marks mentioned in this site are British i.e. issued and controlled by the DVLA Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency here in Swansea. They are only for display on vehicles registered in the UK and Northern Ireland.

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.

Personal Number plates : Follow the law
As responsible personalised number plates agents we feel it is important that our visitors and customers understand the law regarding the supply and display of cherished number plates as they are valuable assets and should be protected. It was once possible to buy cheap number plates from any private car numberplates maker without any evidence of your entitlement to the car registration numbers. These days you need to provide the private registration plates manufacturer with a V948 number plate authorisation certificate which is issued by the DVLA only after your keeper’s entitlement has been checked. Your numberplates are an important identifying feature of your vehicle and can be cloned to provide a false identity to any vehicle for those engaged in vehicle related crime. There are now many stories that tell of speeding fines collected in areas of the UK where car owners have never visited, due to the display of duplicate number plates  by criminals.

The law on the display of vehicle registration numbers is now very strict and personal number plates owners may not use decorative or fancy fonts. Letters and numbers must be of the correct size, style and spacing with private registration plates also conforming to strict British Standards in their materials and manufacture. To break the law on the manufacture and display means you risk having your entitlement to your cherished registration plates permanently withdrawn and face a substantial fine of up to £1000. Incorrectly displayed private plates or personalised reg marks will be enough to make your vehicle fail its MOT test.

 VRM Swansea Plates4less is a DVLA registered number plate supplier (supplier no: 3166) and a recognised reseller of DVLA Personalised registrations. In recognition of this fact we only supply fully road legal number plates. DVLA, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, DVA NI Driver and Vehicle Agency Northern Ireland, are registered trademarks

See also: Private Car Registrations | Registration Numbers | Registration Plates | Northern Ireland Format Number Plates | Private Number Plates