Number Plate Dates

Dates Of Registration

The following tables show the periods of registration for current style, prefix style and suffix style plates.

Current Style plates

September 2001 to current day – and beyond. The current system is configured to run until 2049 (AB49 BCD and AB99 BCD).

Letter From To Example
01 Reserved AB01 CDE
51 Sep 2001 Feb 2002 AB51 CDE
02 Mar 2002 Aug 2002 AB02 CDE
52 Sep 2002 Feb 2003 AB52 CDE
03 Mar 2003 Aug 2003 AB03 CDE
53 Sep 2003 Feb 2004 AB53 CDE
04 Mar 2004 Aug 2004 AB04 CDE
54 Sep 2004 Feb 2005 AB54 CDE
05 Mar 2005 Aug 2005 AB05 CDE
55 Sep 2005 Feb 2006 AB55 CDE
06 Mar 2006 Aug 2006 AB06 CDE
56 Sep 2006 Feb 2007 AB56 CDE
07 Mar 2007 Aug 2007 AB07 CDE
57 Sep 2007 Feb 2008 AB57 CDE
08 Mar 2008 Aug 2008 AB08 CDE
58 Sep 2008 Feb 2009 AB58 CDE
09 Mar 2009 Aug 2009 AB09 CDE
59 Sep 2009 Feb 2010 AB59 CDE
10 Mar 2010 Aug 2010 AB10 CDE
60 Sep 2010 Feb 2011 AB60 CDE
11 Mar 2011 Aug 2011 AB11 CDE
61 Sep 2011 Feb 2012 AB61 CDE
12 Mar 2012 Aug 2012 AB12 CDE
62 Sep 2012 Feb 2013 AB62 CDE
13 Mar 2013 Aug 2013 AB13 CDE
63 Sep 2013 Feb 2014 AB63 CDE
14 Mar 2014 Aug 2014 AB14 CDE
64 Sep 2014 Feb 2015 AB64 CDE
15 Mar 2015 Aug 2015 AB15 CDE
65 Sep 2015 Feb 2016 AB65 CDE
16 Mar 2016 Aug 2016 AB16 CDE
66 Sep 2016 Feb 2017 AB56 CDE

Prefix Style plates

August 1983 to August 2001.

Letter From To Example
A Aug 1983 Jul 1984 A123 BCD
B Aug 1984 Jul 1985 B123 CDE
C Aug 1985 Jul 1986 C123 DEF
D Aug 1986 Jul 1987 D123 EFG
E Aug 1987 Jul 1988 E123 FGH
F Aug 1988 Jul 1989 F123 GHJ
G Aug 1989 Jul 1990 G123 HJK
H Aug 1990 Jul 1991 H123 JKL
J Aug 1991 Jul 1992 J123 KLM
K Aug 1992 Jul 1993 K123 LMN
L Aug 1993 Jul 1994 L123 MNP
M Aug 1994 Jul 1995 M123 NPR
N Aug 1995 Jul 1996 N123 PRS
P Aug 1996 Jul 1997 P123 RST
R Aug 1997 Jul 1998 R123 STV
S Aug 1998 Feb 1999 S123 TVW
T Mar 1999 Aug 1999 T123 VWX
V Sep 1999 Feb 2000 V123 WXY
W Mar 2000 Aug 2000 W123 XYA
X Sep 2000 Feb 2001 X123 YAB
Y Mar 2001 Aug 2001 Y123 ABC

Suffix Style plates

January 1963 to July 1983.

Letter From To Example
A Jan 1963 Dec 1963 BCD 123A
B Jan 1964 Dec 1964 CDE 123B
C Jan 1965 Dec 1965 DEF 123C
D Jan 1966 Dec 1966 EFG 123D
E Jan 1967 Jul 1967 FGH 123E
F Aug 1967 Jul 1968 GHJ 123F
G Aug 1968 Jul 1969 HJK 123G
H Aug 1969 Jul 1970 JKL 123H
J Aug 1970 Jul 1971 KLM 123J
K Aug 1971 Jul 1972 LMN 123K
L Aug 1972 Jul 1973 MNP 123L
M Aug 1973 Jul 1974 NPR 123M
N Aug 1974 Jul 1975 PRS 123N
P Aug 1975 Jul 1976 RST 123P
R Aug 1976 Jul 1977 STV 123R
S Aug 1977 Jul 1978 TVW 123S
T Aug 1978 Jul 1979 VWX 123T
V Aug 1979 Jul 1980 WXY 123V
W Aug 1980 Jul 1981 XYA 123W
X Aug 1981 Jul 1982 YAB 123X
Y Aug 1982 Jul 1983 ABC 123Y

Please note: At the end of 2013 all 39 local DVLA offices closed and the DVLA transferred all dealings to its national centre at Swansea. If your vehicle was registered before the end of 2013 then the street view map shown on the car registration page will point to the original office despite the fact that the office has closed.