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Make your own number plates

Current Style

Post-2001 registrations

Excl. I, Q

Classic Style

Pre-2001 registrations

Excl. I, Q, Z

With a little imagination!


This could be a gift for Ben who was born on March 20th.


A gift for Mark, a Chelsea supporter, on his 50th birthday.


This might look good on Brian M Chapman's BMW M3.


Nice and simple for Mrs J S Dixon.

Create your own number plate

Our number plate creator is the quick and easy way to test your private plate ideas, and a great way to get new ideas and inspiration!

Select letters and numbers that have some meaning to you, or even just characters that achieve a look you like. Our creator tool will instantly show you what is available based on your selections.

Choose either the current style plate creator or the classic style, depending on your preference and the age of your car. See the section below for more information on which registrations your car may display.

With millions of private registrations available from just £154 (+VAT and government transfer fee), we believe we have something for everyone.

Your DVLA-issued, official certificate of ownership will be sent to you in as little as 4-5 days. Alternatively, we can take care of the transfer process and assign the number to your car for you. Simply select our optional, fully managed transfer service on the purchase page during your secure transaction.

We can also offer a set of top quality acrylic number plates to display your number. If you require plates, these too can be selected from the option offered during checkout.

Please note: This tool is suitable for vehicles first registered from August 1983 onwards. If your car was originally registered before August 1983 please see our dateless registrations page or our main search page. Those will help you find number plates that may be assigned to your vehicle.

Which registration is suitable for my car?

It is not permitted to display a number plate that makes a car look younger than its date of original registration.

Make your number plates in four easy steps:

  1. Choose your preferred format.

    If your car was first registered before 2001, use the prefix-style.

  2. Select a prefix letter, or your preferred pair of letters for current-style plates.

    If a letter or letter combination is not here it means it is not available in your chosen format. The year indicated by the prefix letter must not be later than they year your vehicle was first registered

  3. Select a number from those available in the dropdown menu.

    If a number is not present it means it is not available in your chosen format.

  4. Enter your last three chosen letters into the last field and click the search button...

    Tip: Many people will pick their initials but could also abbreviate your name like CRG for Craig, JAS for Jason or RUS for Russell.


In practical terms that means, for example, that someone with a car manufactured and registered in 1963, that was originally issued with a registration including the A suffix for that year, could only display:

  • a dateless registration, or
  • an A suffix registration like that with which it was first registered. It may not not legally display:
  • a number plates bearing a later year suffix letter, or
  • a number plate bearing any year prefix letter (these appeared from 1983), or
  • a number plate in the current format with a year indicated by a two-digit number (as used from 2001).

A car originally registered with a prefix letter (which would have been between 1983 and 2001) may display:

  • a dateless registration, or
  • a suffix number, or
  • a prefix number from a year before its year of original registration.

It may not display:

  • a plate with a later prefix, or
  • a current-style plate.

A car originally registered with a numeric year code (from 2001) may display

  • a dateless registration, or
  • any suffix or prefix plate, or
  • any current-style plate containing a year code earlier than the car's date of original registration.

It may not display a current-style plate with a later numeric code.

Dateless number plates

Dateless number plates are the formats that were used before the introduction of the first year indicator characters in 1963. They do not have a date suffix, prefix or numerical code and so do not indicate the age of the car that displays them. This means that they can be assigned to any vehicle, regardless of its age.

If your car is too old to display one of the formats included in our Make-you-own tool, please see our dateless number plates page for more options.

The role of DVLA

Car registrations and number plates, including personalised number plates, in the UK, are the responsibility of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, usually known as the DVLA. It issues new registrations twice a year and also maintains the central database that records details of all vehicles licensed to drive on UK roads, along with their keeper and registration information.

Regtransfers works closely with DVLA to complete registration transfers as quickly and efficiently as possible. Regtransfers is a DVLA-registered supplier of personal car registrations and number plates and is listed on the DVLA Registrations website. All number plates supplied by Regtransfers comply with DVLA's prescribed standards and regulations.

DVLA administers all UK registration transfers and issues updated registration documents when the registration number of a car is changed, or when a registration is removed from a vehicle and placed on a retention document in accordance with the DVLA Retention Scheme.

DVLA is a registered trade mark of the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency. Regtransfers is not affiliated with the DVLA or DVLA Personalised Registrations. Regtransfers is a recognised reseller of unissued Government stock.

Number plate regulations

When a car is on the road, it is an offence to display number plates bearing any number other than the vehicle's officially recorded registration number. If you purchase a private registration, learn how to transfer private plates before displaying the new number.

All registration number plates displayed on UK vehicles must comply with the official number plate regulations. DVLA oversees enforcement of number plates display regulations and maintains a register of approved manufacturers and retailers of vehicle number plates.

Regtransfers is not part of, and is not formally affiliated with DVLA.

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