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Finding a Private Number Plate

Private Number Plates, also known as Personalised Number Plates can be purchased and used on DVLA registered vehicles. You may wish to personalise your vehicle or proudly display a hobby or interest.


Perfect for hiding a vehicle’s age, they can also prove to be excellent investments and make gifts.  


Amy contacted us wanting to know how to find a set of private number plates to reflect her bubbly personality and hide the age of her vehicle, so we suggested K155 ESS among others.  


We have also compiled a helpful guide here to assist you in finding your perfect match, whether you are looking for something fun like Amy, something personal to you or just something to hide the age of your vehicle.  


If you need more help, just click here to request a call back from one of our friendly sales team.

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Try your name, initials, vehicle, anything.

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!

Why Choose Plates4less? 


Established in 1997, we have over two decades of experience, with expert teams ready to help you.

More five star reviews than any other number plate agent & a customer satisfaction score of 9.9 out of 10!

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Bargain Number PlatesThe Cover Plate Hotlist

Simply Amazing Value - the Perfect Way to hide the age of your vehicle - from only £130 (inclusive of government fees).
These distinctive “cover plates” can be transferred to any age of vehicle. Prices shown include vat and government transfer fees.

How to use private number plates

You may put your chosen registration mark onto your vehicle (assign it) or keep it on retention until you are ready.  See our helpful guide here to answer any questions you may have about how to use a private number plate including Assignment, Transfer and Retention processes.  

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 private number plates work?

If you have one which you no longer wish to own, you can list it for sale through our website.  Simply click here to register your details and as soon as we have any interest we will contact you.   

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