Vehicle Number Plate or Registration Plate

By law, all vehicles must display a valid number plate for identification purposes. Vehicle number plates (or registration plates) consist of a sequence of letters and numbers as indicated in the sample plate below. The first two letters, the so-called local identifier, correspond to the area of the UK from which the vehicle was first registered. The following two numbers, the so-called age identifier, identify the age of the vehicle. The final three letters are randomly generated and so are not used for identification purposes.

 


The tables below provide information on which letter codes relate to which local areas and how number codes relate to the year of registration.

Registration Plate Letter Assignment (Local Identifiers)

Letter District Local Office Code
A Anglia Peterborough AA-AN
    Norwich AO-AU
    Ipswich AV-AY
B Birmingham Birmingham BA-BY
C Cymru Cardiff CA-CO
    Swansea CP-CV
    Bangor CW-CY
D Deeside to Shrewsbury Chester DA-DK
    Shrewsbury DL-DY
E Essex Chelmsford EA-EY
F Forest and Fens Nottingham FA-FP
  Fens Lincoln FR-FY
G Garden of England Maidstone GA-GO
    Brighton GP-GY
H Hampshire and Dorset Bournemouth HA-HJ
    Portsmouth HK-HY *
K   Luton KA-KL
    Northampton KM-KY
L London Wimbledon LA-LJ
    Stanmore LK-LT
    Sidcup LU-LY
M Manchester and Merseyside Manchester MA-MY
N North Newcastle NA-NO
    Stockton NP-NY
O Oxford Oxford OA-OY
P Preston Preston PA-PT
    Carlisle PU-PY
R Reading Reading RA-RY
S Scotland Glasgow SA-SJ
    Edinburgh SK-SO
    Dundee SP-ST
    Aberdeen SU-SW
    Inverness SX, SY
V Severn Valley Worcester VA-VY
W West of England Exeter WA-WJ
    Truro WK, WL
    Bristol WM-WY
Y Yorkshire Leeds YA-YK
    Sheffield YL-YU
    Beverley YV-YY

* HW is reserved exclusively for the Isle of Wight.

Registration Plate Number Assignment (Age Identifiers)

Date Range Code Date Range Code
Sept 2001 - Feb 2002 51 March 2002 - Aug 2002 02
Sept 2002 - Feb 2003 52 March 2003 - Aug 2003 03
Sept 2003 - Feb 2004 53 March 2004 - Aug 2004 04
Sept 2004 - Feb 2005 54 March 2005 - Aug 2005 05
Sept 2005 - Feb 2006 55 March 2006 - Aug 2006 06
Sept 2006 - Feb 2007 56 March 2007 - Aug 2007 07
Sept 2007 - Feb 2008 57 March 2008 - Aug 2008 08
Sept 2008 - Feb 2009 58 March 2009 - Aug 2009 09
Sept 2009 - Feb 2010 59 March 2010 - Aug 2010 10
Sept 2010 - Feb 2011 60 March 2011 - Aug 2011 11
Sept 2011 - Feb 2012 61 March 2012 - Aug 2012 12
Sept 2012 - Feb 2013 62 March 2013 - Aug 2013 13
Sept 2013 - Feb 2014 63 March 2014 - Aug 2015 14