Number plate location and age checker
Do you want to know when a particular registration mark was released? Simply enter it into the box below and we will tell you when, where or if it was first registered.
Simply enter how many digits, letters or numbers, that you would like on your private registration to see a list that meets your needs.
This method of searching is great for potential Investors looking for a cherished dateless plate at low-cost.
Prefix number plates are one of the most recognisable and impacting styles of vehicle registrations. Introduced in '83, prefix number plates start with a letter representing the year of the registration.
Suffix style registration plates, introduced in 1963, contain 3 letters, 2/3 numbers and a last letter to indicate the year the vehicle was registered, starting from "A" being 1963, "B" being 1964, and so on.
If you'd like a suffix registration, simply use our suffix plate builder for instant results that come with an unbeatable price tag.
Current/New Style Registrations are the most recent types of Number Plates. They were first introduced in 2001.
Are you searching for a personal number plate? If you know what you want, then simply type it into the search box above and click ‘Search’. Or you can head over to our Build a Number Plate page to style your private registration and view it on a car.
If you're not sure or you're looking for a particular type of registration, choose from the options below to define your search. Or for a more in-depth explanation of the different types of registrations take a look at our Types of DVLA Number Plates page.
The Current Style Vehicle Registration Format begins with two letters for the area code, immediately followed by the plates age, before closing with three random letters to create a unique code.
The Prefix Style Vehicle Registration Format begins with a prefix that shows the year of its registration, an area code at the end and a unique code between the two.
The Suffix Style Vehicle Registration Format is very similar to the prefix registration format, but shows the year of registration age at the very end of the number plate. It also displays an area and unique code.
The most sought-after number plates tend to be either dateless or cherished. With minimal characters and no age identifier displayed, they can truly personalise your vehicle's number plate with maximum customisation potential.
The Northern Irish number plate design consists of either one to three letters followed by an array of numbers, or an array of numbers followed by one to three letters. Northern Irish number plates are best for easily creating nick-names or tag-lines to make a registration your own!
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