New Format Registrations

From 1 September 2001, registrations took on a new format.

The new format was introduced because the old age identifier prefix letters ran out on the 31st August 2001 and the new format makes number plates easier to read and more memorable.

Two letter regional identifier.

The first two letters of the registration now show the region where the vehicle was first registered. This will help with the recall of registrations and the identification of vehicles.

  • The first letter represents the region
  • And, the second relates to a DVLA Local Office.

Using the above example, "AB" shows that the vehicle was first registered in Anglia (A) at the DVLA's Peterborough office (B).

Two figure age identifier
The age identifier will change every six months in March and September. In the above example, "12" represents the 6 month period from April 2012 to August 2012. Please refer to the chart for a full list of age identifiers.

Three random letters
The three random letters will provide a random element to make each registration unique. 

Combinations that may be considered offensive as well as the Letters "I" and "Q" will be excluded from this element of the registration.

Two Figure Age Identifier
01 March 1st 2001 51 September 1st 2001
02 March 1st 2002 52 September 1st 2002
03 March 1st 2003 53 September 1st 2003
04 March 1st 2004 54 September 1st 2004
05 March 1st 2004 55 September 1st 2005
06 March 1st 2006 56 September 1st 2006
07 March 1st 2007 57 September 1st 2007
08 March 1st 2008 58 September 1st 2008
09 March 1st 2009 59 September 1st 2009
10 March 1st 2010 60 September 1st 2010
11 March 1st 2011 61 September 1st 2011
12 March 1st 2012 62 September 1st 2012
13 March 1st 2013 63 September 1st 2013
14 March 1st 2014 64 September 1st 2014
15 March 1st 2015 65 September 1st 2015
16 March 1st 2016 66 September 1st 2016
17 March 1st 2017 67 September 1st 2017
18 March 1st 2018 68 September 1st 2018
19 March 1st 2019 69 September 1st 2019
20 March 1st 2020 70 September 1st 2020

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