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Cheap private number plates

Regtransfers is the UK's leading private number plate specialist. We believe that everyone should be able to get their dream number plate. That's why we have a great choice of budget-friendly number plates with a range of finance options to help make your personal number plate more affordable.

Cheap private number plates under £500

You don’t have to break the bank to purchase your dream number plate, as we have thousands of private plates available for under £500. With Regtransfers, it’s easy to find the perfect private plate at the right price for you.

Dateless number plates

This format was used from 1904 to 1962

The first registration numbers were dateless plates and became compulsory for every vehicle in 1904. Unlike the formats that succeeded them, they do not have an age identifier. Instead, they display a one, two or three letter code either preceding or following up to four numbers.

Suffix number plates

The Suffix format was used from 1963 to 1982

The suffix number plate system was introduced in February 1963 and ran until July 1983. The age identifier is the final letter of the registration number. For example, ‘B’ indicates that the number plate was released in 1964. The area code can be found in the second and third letters.

Prefix number plates

The Prefix format was used from 1982 to 2001

The prefix style of number plates are the successor to suffix registration numbers. They came into circulation in August 1983. Unlike prefix registrations, the age identifier is the first character of the number plate.

Current style number plates

The Infix format is currently in use

Current style number plates were established by the DVLA in 2001. At the beginning of the plate, there are two letters representing the area of issuing authority. These are followed by an age identifier in the form of two numbers and, finally, three random characters.

Irish number plates

All Northern Ireland registration plates are dateless and, therefore, provide an excellent way for owners to hide the age of their car. You may have spotted the absence of I and Z in UK registration numbers, as they are reserved for their Irish counterparts.

Buying cheap number plates on finance

We want to make sure that you buy your ideal private number plate with ease. With the help of our finance provider, Etika, you have the ability to spread the cost of your number plate and pay monthly. Many of our number plates are available to purchase with a 0% finance plan.

At Regtransfers, you can check your financial eligibility without affecting your credit score. The process only takes a few minutes. All you have to do is enter a few details and we’ll let you know the amount you are able to borrow.

Buying cheap number plates as a gift

Personalised number plates are a special way to show the people in your life that you care about them. Find the perfect number plate by entering a birth date, personal initials, or anything memorable into our search box. Browse through our selection of cheap number plates and find something that can leave a lasting impression. Celebrate the days and moments that matter most with a unique personal number plate.

The process of purchasing a private number plate with us is quick and easy. Our team of experts will help you with the completion of any important paperwork and the transfer of your newly purchased registration number.

About Regtransfers

Private plates for all

We are Regtransfers, the UK's largest independent private number plates specialist. The company was established in 1982 and our headquarters are in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.

We are registered with the DVLA as a supplier of both personalised registrations and acrylic number plates. We buy and sell private registrations for our own stock and on behalf of clients throughout the UK.

Memberships & Accreditations

  • Members of the Federation of Small Business
  • Members Institute of Registration Agents and Dealers
  • Members of the Retail Motor Industry Federation
  • PCI certified
  • Cyber Essentials certified

Your online safety is very important to us. We use the highest levels of encryption to protect your sensitive data. Our PCI compliance ensures that every transaction made online or over the phone is secure.

Learn more about how we're proudly paranoid about cyber security.

In the press

  • Sunday Times
  • Daily Mail
  • Motorsport magazine
  • Octane magazine
  • Classic And Sports Car Magazine


We value customer satisfaction above all else, so we are very proud to have served over a million satisfied customers in our 40 years of business.

Cheap number plate FAQs

Generally, number plate styles that were introduced after the dateless number plate format, such as prefix, suffix and current style registrations are cheaper. This is because there are more readily available and therefore less rare in comparison to dateless plates. Furthermore, Irish number plates offer a relatively inexpensive way of getting your own dateless registration

Yes. With Regtransfers, you can buy private number plates on finance. You’ll need to check your financial eligibility and explore our range of cheap number plates available to buy on finance.

Private number plates cannot be transferred to a vehicle to make it seem newer than it actually is.

Got additional questions? Get them answered with our full frequently asked questions page.

Need to contact us?

Getting in contact with us couldn't be easier. We are open 9 am to 9 pm, 7 days a week so you can call us anytime on 01582 967777. Alternatively, you can contact us through our social media channels or with our contact form.

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Our lines are open for you between 9 am and 9 pm, 7 days a week. Our highly trained staff are ready to guide you through the process of buying or selling your own private number plate.

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Contact form

Our contact form is a convenient way to get in touch. You can simply fill out the form and we will have the relevant information we need to assist you.

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