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This table applies only to the
‘old-style’ car registrations issued before September 2001.

Remember, where a registration has 3 letters, it is the 2nd and 3rd characters which indicate its origin.

e.g ABC 1 would be Leicester (*BC) and NOT Worcestershire (AB*).

It doesn’t matter whether the letters are at the beginning or the end of the registration – except where a single letter denotes the year.

e.g. A 1 was London (A)
but A123 BCD would be
Brighton (CD).

A London
AA Hampshire
AB Worcestershire
AC Warwickshire
AD Gloucestershire
AE Bristol
AF Cornwall
AG Ayrshire
AH Norfolk
AJ Yorkshire
AK Bradford
AL Nottinghamshire
AM Wiltshire
AN London West Ham
AO Cumberland
AP East Sussex
AR Hertfordshire
AS Nairnshire
AT Kingston upon Hull
AU Nottingham
AV Aberdeenshire
AW Shropshire
AX Monmouthshire
AY Leicestershire

B Lancashire
BA Salford
BB Newcastle upon Tyne
BC Leicester
BD Northamptonshire
BE Lindsey (Lincs.)
BF Staffordshire
BG Birkenhead
BH Buckinghamshire
BJ East Suffolk
BK Portsmouth
BL Berkshire
BM Bedfordshire
BN Bolton
BO Cardiff
BP West Sussex
BR Sunderland
BS Orkney
BT Yorkshire E.R.
BU Oldham
BV Blackburn
BW Oxfordshire
BX Carmathenshire
BY London, Croydon

C Yorkshire W.R.
CA Denbighshire
CB Blackburn
CC Caernarvonshire
CD Brighton
CE Cambridgeshire
CF West Suffolk
CG Hampshire
CH Derby
CJ Hertfordshire
CK Preston
CL Norwich
CM Birkenhead
CN Gateshead
CO Plymouth
CP Halifax
CR Southampton
CS Ayrshire
CT Kesteven (Lincs.)
CU South Shields
CV Cornwall
CW Burnley
CX Huddersfield
CY Swansea

D Kent
DA Wolverhampton
DB Stockport
DC Middlesborough
DD Gloucestershire
DE Pembrokeshire
DF Gloucestershire
DG Gloucestershire
DH Walsall
DJ St. Helens
DK Rochdale
DL Isle of Wight
DM Flintstone
DN York
DO Holland (Lincs.)
DP Reading
DR Plymouth, Devonport
DS Peebleshire
DT Doncaster
DU Coventry
DV Devon
DW Newport (Mon.)
DX Ipswich
DY Hastings

E Staffordshire
EA West Bromwich
EB Cambridgeshire
EC Westmoreland
ED Warrington
EE Grimsby
EF Hartlepool
EG Huntingdon
EH Stoke-on-Trent
EJ Cardiganshire
EK Wigan
EL Bournemouth
EM Bootie
EN Bury
EO Barrow-in-Furness
EP Montgomeryshire
ER Cambridgeshire
ES Perthshire
ET Rotherham
EU Breconshire
EV Essex
EW Huntingdon
EX Great Yarmouth
EY Anglesey

F Essex
FA Burton upon Trent
FB Bath
FC Oxford
FD Dudley
FE Lincoln
FF Merionethshire
FG Fifeshire
FH Gloucester
FJ Exeter
FK Worcester
FL Huntingdon
FM Chester
FN Canterbury
FO Radnorshire
RP Rutland
FR Blackpool
FS Edinburgh
FT Tynemouth
FU Lindsey (Lincs.)
FV Blackpool
FW Lindsey (Lincs.)
FX Dorset
FY Southport

G Glasgow
GA Glasgow
GB Glasgow
GC London
GD Glasgow
GE Glasgow
GF London
GG Glasgow
GH London
GJ London
GK London
GL Bath
GM Motherwell
GN London
GO London
GP London
GR Sunderland
GS Perthshire
GT London
GU London
GV London
GW London
GX London
GY London

H Middlesex
HA Warley, Smethwick
HB Merthr Tydfil
HC Eastbourne
HD Dewsbury
HE Barnsley
HF Wallasey
HG Burnley
HH Carlisle
HJ Southend-on-Sea
HK Essex
HL Wakefield
HM London
HN Darlington
HO Hampshire
HP Coventry
HR Wiltshire
HS Renfewshire
HT Bristol
HU Bristol
HV London
HW Bristol
HX Middlesex
HY Bristol

J Durham
JA Stockport
JB Berkshire
JC Caernarvonshire
JD London
JE Cambridgeshire
JF Leicester
JG Canterbury
JH Hertfordshire
JJ London
JK Eastbourne
JL Holland (Lincs.)
JM Westmoreland
JN Southend-on-Sea
JO Oxford
JP Wigan
JR Northumberland
JS Ross and Cromarty
JT Dorset
JU Leicestershire
JV Grimsby
JW Wolverhampton
JX Halifax
JY Plymouth

K Liverpool
KA Liverpool
KB Liverpool
KC Liverpool
KD Liverpool
KE Kent
KF Liverpool
KG Cardiff
KH Kingston-upon-Hull
KJ Kent
KK Kent
KL Kent
KM Kent
KN Kent
KO Kent
KP Kent
KR Kent
KS Roxburghshire
KT Kent
KU Bradford
KV Coventry
KW Bradford
KX Buckinghamshire
KY Bradford

L Glamorganshire
LA London
LB London
LC London
LD London
LE London
LF London
LG Cheshire
LH London
LJ Bournemouth
LK London
LL London
LM London
LN London
LO London
LP London
LS Selkirkshire
LT London
LU London
LV Liverpool
LW London
LX London
LY London

M Cheshire
MA Cheshire
MB Cheshire
MC London
MD Middlesex
ME London
MF London
MG London
MH London
MJ Bedfordshire
MK London
ML Middlesex
MM London
MN Isle of Man
MO Berkshire
MP London
MR Wiltshire
MS Stirlingshire
MT London
MU London
MV London
MW Wiltshire
MX London
MY Middlesex

N Manchester
NA Manchester
NB Manchester
NC Manchester
ND Manchester
NE Manchester
NF Manchester
NG Norfolk
NH Northampton
NJ East Sussex
NK Hertfordshire
NL Northumberland
NM Bedfordshire
NN Nottinghamshire
NO Essex
NP Worcestershire
NR Leicestershire
NS Sutherland
NT Shropshire
NU Derbyshire
NV Northamptonshire
NW Leeds
NX Warwickshire
NY Glamorganshire

O Birmingham
OA Birmingham
OC Birmingham
OD Devonshire
OE Birmingham
OF Brimingham
OG Birmingham
OH Birmingham
OJ Birmingham
OK Birmingham
OL Birmingham
OM Birmingham
ON Birmingham
OO Essex
OP Birmingham
OR Hampshire
OS Wigtownshire
OT Hampshire
OU Hampshire
OV Birmingham
OW Southampton
OX Birmingham
OY London

P Surrey
PA Surrey
PB Surrey
PC Surrey
PD Surrey
PE Surrey
PF Surrey
PG Surrey
PH Surrey
PJ Surrey
PK Surrey
PL Surrey
PM East Sussex
PN East Sussex
PO West Sussex
PP Buckinghamshire
PR Dorset
PS Shetland
PT Durham
PU Essex
PV Ipswich
PW Norfolk
PX West Suffolk
PY Yorkshire N.R.

R Derbyshire
RA Derbyshire
RB Derbyshire
RC Derby
RD Reading
RE Staffordshire
RF Staffordshire
RG Aberdeen
RH Kingston upon Hull
RJ Salford
RK London, Croydon
RL Cornwall
RM Cumberland
RN Preston
RO Hertfordshire
RP Northamptonshire
RR Northamptonshire
RS Aberdeen
RT East Suffolk
RU Bournemouth
RV Portsmouth
RW Coventry
RX Berkshire
RY Leicester

S Edinburgh
SA Aberdeenshire
SB Argyleshire
SC Edinburgh
SD Ayrshire
SE Banffshire
SF Edinburgh
SG Edinburgh
SH Barwickshire
SJ Buteshire
SK Caithness
SL Clackmannanshire
SM Dumfrieshire
SN Dumbartonshire
SO Morayshire
SP Fifeshire
SR Angus
SS East Lothian
ST Inverness-shire
SU Kincardineshire
SV Kinrosshire
SW Kirkcudbrightshire
SX West Lothian
SY Midlothian

T Devonshire
TA Devonshire
TB Lancashire
TC Lancashire
TD Lancashire
TE Lancashire
TF Lancashire
TG Glamorganshire
TH Carmarthenshire
TJ Lancashire
TK Dorset
TL Kesteven (Lincs.)
TM Bedfordshire
TN Newcastle upon Tyne
TO Nottingham
TP Portsmouth
TR Southampton
TS Dundee
TT Devon
TU Cheshire
TV Nottingham
TW Essex
TX Glamorganshire
TY Northumberland

U Leeds
UA Leeds
UB Leeds
UC Leeds
UD Oxfordshire
UE Warwickshire
UF Brighton
UG Leeds
UH Cardiff
UJ Shropshire
UK Wolverhampton
UL London
UM Leeds
UN Denbighshire
UO Devon
UP Durham
UR Hertfordshire
US Glasgow
UT Leicestershire
UU London
UV London
UW London
UX Shropshire
UY Worcestershire
V Lanarkshire
VA Lanarkshire
VB Croydon
VC Coventry
VD Lanarkshire
VE Cambridgeshire
VF Norfolk
VG Norwich
VH Huddersfield
VJ Herefordshire
VK Newcastle upon Tyne
VL Lincoln
VM Manchester
VN Yorkshire N.R.
VO Nottinghamshire
VP Birmingham
VR Manchester
VS Greenock
VT Stoke-on-Trent
VU Manchester
VV Northampton
VW Essex
VX Essex
VY York

W Sheffield
WA Sheffield
WB Sheffield
WC Essex
WD Warwickshire
WE Sheffield
WF Yorkshire E.R.
WG Stirlingshire
WH Bolton
WJ Sheffield
WK Coventry
WL Oxford
WM Southport
WN Swansea
WO Monmouthshire
WP Worcestershire
WR Yorkshire W.R.
WS Leith
WT Yorkshire W.R.
WU Yorkshire W.R.
WV Wiltshire
WW Yorkshire N.R.
WX Yorkshire W.R.
WY Yorkshire W.R.

X Northumberland
XA London
XB London
XC London
XD London
XE London
XF London
XG Middlesborough
XH London
XJ Manchester
XK London
XL London
XM London
XN London
XP London
XR London
XS Paisley
XT London
XV London
XW London
XX London
XY London

Y Somerset
YA Somerset
YB Somerset
YC Somerset
YD Somerset
YE London
YF London
YG Yorkshire W.R.
YH London
YJ Dundee
XK London
XL London
XM London
XN London
XP London
YR London
YS Glasgow
XT London
XV London
XW London
XX London
XY London

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