Number Plates

Links to: Old office codes or New office codes

Matching up the old and new number plates to years and place of registration has always been a bit of a puzzle for me, so when I received a leaflet from the DVLV about the new number plates it started me thinking about an article I had seen in one of The Bug Club magazines (Buggin), about the old office locations. After a few attempts to contact the DVLA and various other sources to confirm details, I eventually managed to piece together what I now believe to be correct:

Age Identification           
Suffix Letter Prefix
(Jan-Dec) 1963
A
1983/4 (Aug-Jul)
(Jan-Dec) 1964
B
1984/5 (Aug-Jul)
(Jan-Dec) 1965
C
1985/6 (Aug-Jul)
(Jan-Dec) 1966
D
1986/7 (Aug-Jul)
(Jan-Jul) 1967
E
1987/8 (Aug-Jul)
(Aug-Jul) 1967/8
F
1988/9 (Aug-Jul)
(Aug-Jul) 1968/9
G
1989/0 (Aug-Jul)
(Aug-Jul) 1969/0
H
1990/1 (Aug-Jul)
(Aug-Jul) 1970/1
J
1991/2 (Aug-Jul)
(Aug-Jul) 1971/2
K
1992/3 (Aug-Jul)
(Aug-Jul) 1972/3
L
1993/4 (Aug-Jul)
(Aug-Jul) 1973/4
M
1994/5 (Aug-Jul)
(Aug-Jul) 1974/5
N
1995/6 (Aug-Jul)
(Aug-Jul) 1975/6
P
1996/7 (Aug-Jul)
(Aug-Jul) 1976/7
R
1997/8 (Aug-Aug)
(Aug-Jul) 1977/8
S
1998/9 (Sep-Feb
(Aug-Jul) 1978/9
T
1999 (mar-Aug)
(Aug-Jul) 1979/0
V
1999/0 (sep-Feb)
(Aug-Jul) 1980/1
W
2000 (Mar-Aug)
(Aug-Jul) 1981/2
X
2000/1 (Sep-Feb)
(Aug-Jul) 1982/3
Y
2001 (Mar-Aug)
Age Ident'
Sep- Feb 2002
51
Mar - Aug 2002
02
Sep - Feb 2002/3
52
Mar - Aug 2003
03
Sep - Feb 2003/4
53
Mar - Aug 2004
04
Sep - Feb 2004/5
54
Mar - Aug 2005
05
Sep - Feb 2005/6
55
Mar - Aug 2006
06
Sep - Feb 2006/7
56
Mar - Aug 2007
07
Sep - Feb 2007/8
57
Mar - Aug 2008
08
Sep - Feb 2008/9
58
Mar - Aug 2009
09
Sep - Feb 209/10
59
Mar - Aug 2010
10
Sep - Feb 2010/11
60
Mar - Aug 2011
11
Sep - Feb 2011/12
61

TRADITIONAL NUMBER PLATES

  • Vehicles constructed before 1.1.73 may display traditional style "black and white" plates i.e. white, silver or grey characters on a black plate.
  • Lettering must be of a set size. It must conform to one of the two groups below.
Characters Group 1 Group 2
Height  89mm 79mm
Width (except the number 1) 64mm 57mm
Stroke 16mm 14mm
Side margin 25mm 11mm
Top & bottom margin 13mm 11mm
Space between characters 13mm 11mm
Space between groups 38mm 33mm
  • Traditional number plates fitted to vehicles manufactured before 1 January 1973 are not required to display the mandatory character font, but the characters must be easy to rea