DVLA Private Number Plates
The British system
You don't need to be a millionaire or a celebrity to own private plates - you can obtain your initials on a set of DVLA private number plates for under £200.
Twice a year, the DVLA issue a new series of number plates. As of 2001, all plates are issued in the new format - two letters, followed by a date identifier, followed by three letters. The date identifier consists of two digits - the first relates to either the first (0) or second (5) issue of that year. The second digit refers to the year itself (6 for 2006, 7 for 2007).
Due to the sheer amount of DVLA private number plates issued, there is something for everyone. If you enter any three-letter combination into the search box on this website, you'll see there are literally hundreds of number plates displaying the three-letter combination you chose. Why not try your initials? If you're especially lucky, and are a Dan, Joe or Sue, you could even find your name!
Of course, the price of registration plates can range from under £200 to over £3,000. If you have one of the more popular sets of initials - for example, JMB, you can expect to have to pay more than someone with the initials of ZXZ. However, personal number plates still remain one of the most cost-effective ways of getting your own personalised number plates.
Don't forget, you can't make your vehicle appear newer than it is. For example, if your car was registered in autumn 2001 (51 reg), you can't display number plates which were issued after 51, such as 53 or 05. You can, however, make your vehicle appear older, or the same age.
If you choose to purchase your plate from our sister site, Regtransfers, they will handle the transfer of your registration from start to finish - quite a tricky process for those who have not done so before. With all well and good, you could be driving around with your brand spanking new DVLA private number plates on your car within a matter of days.