Personalised Number Plates
The sale of personalised number plates has become a massive industry in the UK, with thousands of motorists buying and selling private registrations for their vehicles on a daily basis.
Some drivers choose to buy private registrations that represent their name, or advertise their business or profession, while others opt for a personalised plate to simply disguise the true age of their vehicle.
Prefix Car Registrations
These are DVLA number plates that contain the year identifier letter at the beginning of the registration. The prefix letter (A through to Y, excluding I, O, Q, U and Z) is always followed by one to three numbers (1 to 999), a space and then finally three letters, for example C5 ABC or S10 RST. Prefix plates were issued by the DVLA from 1983 until 1999.
Suffix Car Registration Numbers
This type of registration always consists of three letters, a space, the number range 1 to 999 and finally the year identifier (suffix letter A - Y, excluding I, O, Q, U and Z).
Examples include GAP 88R or BOB 100K.
Dateless DVLA personalised number plates are considered 'original cherished number plates'. They do not contain a year identifier and usually have the greatest value because the letters come first in the combination. Number plates within this category may start with either three letters followed by a space and then the numbers 1 to 999, or two letters followed by the numbers 1 to 9999, for example JAY 25 or RT 5550.
Reversed Dateless Registrations
Number plates within this category have a slightly lower value to the original cherished marks as the number combination comes before the letter combination. Registrations with three letters may be preceded by the numbers 1 to 999, or 1 to 9999 if there are only two letters displayed, e.g. 5 ABC or 100 SA.
Due to the ever-increasing demand for personalised number plates there are now many internet-based companies that provide all the different types of personalised plates detailed above. One of the biggest providers is the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency), with more than 30 million private number plates available to buy online.