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Suffix style number plate example displaying EXC 173D Suffix style number plate example displaying BLO 550M

3 Letter Code | 1-3 Digit Code | Suffix/Age Indicator

How Does the Suffix Registration Format Work?

Suffix Number Plates are combinations with the year identifier at the end of the registration. This particular type of registration number was first introduced back in the 1950's in an effort to increase the availability of combinations. The previous system of year letter followed by numbers was reversed by some local councils.

This system existed for around thirty years however only a small number of area codes were used as part of this system, they were: D, E, F, H, K, N, R, U and W. As a result, this meant that whilst the initial problem of availability was solved, the average cost of suffix plates is now significantly higher than prefix registrations because of A. Availability and B. Letters at the beginning of the registration. Good examples of this system of registration owned by New Reg are EXC 173D, or BLO 550M & JEN 11E.

Common Number Plate Questions

  • What are the current legal requirements?
    Number plates must be made from reflective material. The front plate must have black characters on a white background, while the back must have black characters on a yellow background. No background patterns are allowed.

    Motorcycle and Motor-Tricycle riders only have to equip a number plate on the back of their vehicle.
  • What are the current legal measurements?
    Characters on a number plate must also be a certain height and size, with particular spacing:
    Standard Shape: Each plate measures 524mm x 112mm. Please note that these plates can display a maximum of 7 digits.
    Standard 4x4 Rear: Standard 4x4 Rear 285mm x 203mm supplied with Standard front plate 524mm x 112mm.
    Large Rear: Large Rear (Jaguar/Porsche etc.) 533mm x 152mm with Standard front plate 524mm x 112mm.
  • What type of changes are illegal?
    The positioning and spacing of the number plate must not change to ensure the plate is road-legal and can be read correctly. Also, when creating a custom reg you cannot make the date of the car (the third and fourth characters) appear newer than it is.
  • How can I customise my private registration?
    Besides the layout of letters and digits there are a few other ways you can personalise you reg:
    Characters: With the license plate's characters you have a few options such as making the characters 3D.
    Border: Choose from options such as dashed, dotted and solid to place a border around your reg.
    Flag: Pick from a variety of flags such as the Union Jack or St George's Cross, then choose your tag such as ENG, England, SCO, SCOTLAND, WALES, UK and more.
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