Click on the relevant question from the list below to get more detailed help on finding your ideal personalised registration number.
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) is an executive agency of The Department for Transport, the government department responsible for allocating numbers to vehicles in Great Britain for registration, taxation and law enforcement purposes. Since 1983 certain combinations of numbers were held back from normal registration purposes following demand from customers who wished to personalise their vehicles. The DVLA started to offer these numbers for sale in 1989. There are millions of registrations available to purchase through this website, and some of the more sought after registrations are sold at special DVLA auctions held throughout Great Britain.
All of the registration numbers sold by the DVLA have never previously been issued or used on vehicles.
There are 4 different styles of registration number as described below:
This is the type that has been issued to new vehicles since September 2001. It consists of two letters, followed by two numbers that help identify the age of the vehicle, and three letters at the end. For example:
These are called current style registrations because new vehicles are currently allocated them.
The majority of our current style registrations can be purchased at fixed prices through our website, although some of the more sought after current style registrations are sold at DVLA auctions.
This is the type that was issued to new vehicles between August 1983 and August 2001. It consists of one letter that helps identify the age of the vehicle, followed by one, two or three numbers, and three letters at the end. For example:
These are called prefix registrations because the age identifier is at the beginning of the registration number.
The majority of our prefix style registrations can be purchased at fixed prices through our website, although some of the more sought after prefix style registrations are sold at DVLA auctions.
This is the type that was issued to new vehicles between February 1963 and July 1983. It consists of three letters, followed by one, two or three numbers, and a single letter at the end that helps identify the age of the vehicle. For example:
These are called suffix registrations because the age identifier is at the end of the registration number.
Our suffix style registrations are only sold at DVLA auctions.
This is the type that was issued to new vehicles prior to February 1963. It can consist of up to four numbers followed by up to three letters, or vice versa. The maximum number of characters is six. Examples include:
These are called dateless because they do not contain a vehicle age identifier.
Our dateless style registrations are only sold at DVLA auctions.
To begin your search, try using the yellow Super Search box at the top of the home page. Simply enter some initials, your name, or anything else you would like to have on your number plate, and we will provide a small selection of the choices available to you.
You can then refine your search by using the search options on the right hand side to only see a particular style or price range.
If you see a style of registration you like in the Super Search results, try clicking View Results to see a larger selection from that style.
If you already know the style of registration you want, try our Prefix or Current style searches in the main yellow box at the top of the home page.
If you are unable to find your perfect registration or have a specific request please contact us ( see How do I contact DVLA? ) and we will try our best to help you with your search. Registrations that are not currently available but have never been previously issued to vehicles could be offered for sale at future auctions.
If you are still unable to find the registration you want because it has been previously sold or issued to a vehicle, you could find out if it is currently being offered by a cherished number dealer. A selection of dealers can be found here:Dealers
The DVLA does not endorse or recommend any particular individual or company, and the DVLA will not accept responsibility for any issues arising from this referral or the content of third party websites.
Unfortunately, we cannot resurrect old registrations for sale, even if they are no longer on a vehicle. Should this situation change, we will ensure that full details appear on this website. You may email us with your contact details and we will let you know if there are any policy changes (see How do I contact DVLA?).
Current style plates are the registrations currently used for new registrations and are made up of the form; 2 letters, 2 numbers and then 3 letters. Click to find out more
Prefix style plates are the registrations that were used prior to 2001 and consist of; 1 letter, 1-3 numbers and then 3 letters. Click to find out more
Auction plates are those that have been set aside to be auctioned at a live or timed auction. Click to find out more
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This registration is only available to buy until 31st December.