Registration Years Explained | Prefix Registration | Suffix Registration | New Style Registration

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Car Registration Years

Suffix Registration Years

A suffix car registration format was first issued in 1960 as an extension to the dateless series of registrations. The addition of a year identifier at the end of the string of letters and numbers saw the first issue of registration plates that were of a dated format. The format is very popular and there are many name plates that utilise the combination of letters and numbers available.

The suffix formats continued until 1982 and these formats are available today for assignment to vehicles that post date their year of issue. The vast majority of vehicles today meet the criteria for the assignment of a suffix registration.

Any vehicle first registered after the 31st July 1983 can have any suffix regitration number assigned to it.

Suffix Years

Reg Format

ABC 123A

ABC 123B

ABC 123C

ABC 123D

ABC 123E

ABC 123F

ABC 123G

ABC 123H

ABC 123J

ABC 123K

ABC 123L

ABC 123M

ABC 123N

ABC 123P

ABC 123R

ABC 123S

ABC 123T

ABC 123V

ABC 123W

ABC 123X

ABC 123Y

From Date

01-Feb-63

01-Jan-64

01-Jan-65

01-Jan-66

01-Jan-67

01-Aug 67

01-Aug-68

01-Aug-69

01-Aug-70

01-Aug-71

01-Aug-72

01-Aug 73

01-Aug-74

01-Aug-75

01-Aug-76

01-Aug-77

01-Aug-78

01-Aug-79

01-Aug-80

01-Aug-81

01-Aug-82

To Date

31-Dec-63

31-Dec-64

31-Dec-65

31-Dec-66

31-Jul-67

31-Jul-68

31-Jul-69

31-Jul-70

31-Jul-71

31-Jul-72

31-Jul-73

31-Jul-74

31-Jul-75

31-Jul-76

31-Jul-77

31-Jul-78

31-Jul-79

31-Jul-80

31-Jul-81

31-Jul-82

31-Jul-83

Prefix Registration Years

Prefix car registration formats were first issued in 1983 as an extension to the suffix series of registration plates. The year identifier was reversed from the suffix registration format and placed at the beginning of the string of letters and numbers. The format bacame very popular in the late 1990's as a personalised registration format and there are many name plates that utilise the combination of letters and numbers available that are distinctive.

Prefix registration numbers continued until 2001 and prefix formats are available today for assignment to vehicles that post date their year of issue. The majority of vehicles today meet the criteria for the assignment of a prefix registration.

Any vehicle first registered after the 31st August 2001 can have any prefix registration number assigned to it.

Prefix Years

Reg Format

A123 ABC

B123 ABC

C123 ABC

D123 ABC

E123 ABC

F123 ABC

G123 ABC

H123 ABC

J123 ABC

K123 ABC

L123 ABC

M123 ABC

N123 ABC

P123 ABC

R123 ABC

S123 ABC

T123 ABC

V123 ABC

W123 ABC

X123 ABC

Y123 ABC

From Date

01-Aug 83

01-Aug-84

01-Aug-85

01-Aug-86

01-Aug-87

01-Aug-88

01-Aug 89

01-Aug-90

01-Aug-91

01-Aug-92

01-Aug-93

01-Aug-94

01-Aug-95

01-Aug-96

01-Aug-97

01-Aug-98

01-Mar-99

01-Aug-99

01-Mar-00

01-Aug-00

01-Mar-01

To Date

31-Jul-84

31-Jul-85

31-Jul-86

31-Jul-87

31-Jul-88

31-Jul-89

31-Jul-90

31-Jul-91

31-Jul-92

31-Jul-93

31-Jul-94

31-Jul-95

31-Jul-96

31-Jul-97

31-Jul-98

28-Feb-99

31-Jul-99

28-Feb-00

31-Jul-00

28-Feb-01

31-Aug-01

Current Style Registration Years

Current or New Style registration formats were first issued in 2001 as an extension to the prefix series of registration plates. The year identifier became numbers rather than letters with the year identifying numbers placed after the first two letters in the string. The format has become increasingly popular as prefix registrations reduce in availability.

Current registration numbers are issued to vehicles at first registration from August 2001 onwards with personalised registration formats available through brokers.

Vehicles first registered after the 'from date' listed below can have a new style/current regitration number from earlier years assigned to it.

New Style Years

Reg Format

AB51 ABC

AB02 ABC

AB52 ABC

AB03 ABC

AB53 ABC

AB04 ABC

AB54 ABC

AB05 ABC

AB55 ABC

AB06 ABC

AB56 ABC

AB07 ABC

AB57 ABC

AB08 ABC

AB58 ABC

AB09 ABC

AB59 ABC

AB10 ABC

AB60 ABC

AB11 ABC

AB61 ABC

AB12 ABC

AB62 ABC

AB13 ABC

AB63 ABC

AB14 ABC

AB64 ABC

AB15 ABC

AB65 ABC

AB16 ABC

AB66 ABC

AB17 ABC

AB67 ABC

AB18 ABC

AB68 ABC

AB19 ABC

AB69 ABC

AB20 ABC

AB70 ABC

AB21 ABC

AB71 ABC

AB22 ABC

AB72 ABC

AB23 ABC

AB73 ABC

AB24 ABC

AB74 ABC

AB25 ABC

AB75 ABC

AB26 ABC

AB76 ABC

AB27 ABC

AB77 ABC

AB28 ABC

AB78 ABC

AB29 ABC

AB79 ABC

AB30 ABC

AB80 ABC

From Date

01-Sep 01

01-Mar-02

01-Sep-02

01-Mar-03

01-Sep-03

01-Mar-04

01-Sep-04

01-Mar-05

01-Sep-05

01-Mar-06

01-Sep-06

01-Mar-07

01-Sep-07

01-Mar-08

01-Sep-08

01-Mar-09

01-Sep-09

01-Mar-10

01-Sep-10

01-Mar-11

01-Sep-11

01-Mar-12

01-Sep-12

01-Mar-13

01-Sep-13

01-Mar-14

01-Sep-14

01-Mar-15

01-Sep-15

01-Mar-16

01-Sep-16

01-Mar-17

01-Sep-17

01-Mar-18

01-Sep-18

01-Mar-19

01-Sep-19

01-Mar-20

01-Sep-20

01-Mar-21

01-Sep-21

01-Mar-22

01-Sep-22

01-Mar-23

01-Sep-23

01-Mar-24

01-Sep-24

01-Mar-25

01-Sep-25

01-Mar-26

01-Sep-26

01-Mar-27

01-Sep-27

01-Mar-28

01-Sep-28

01-Mar-29

01-Sep-29

01-Mar-30

01-Sep-30

To Date

28-Feb-02

31-Aug-02

28-Feb-03

31-Aug-03

28-Feb-04

31-Aug-04

28-Feb-05

31-Aug-05

28-Feb-06

31-Aug-06

28-Feb-07

31-Aug-07

28-Feb-08

31-Aug-08

28-Feb-09

31-Aug-09

28-Feb-10

31-Aug-10

28-Feb-11

31-Aug-11

28-Feb-12

31-Aug-12

28-Feb-13

31-Aug-13

28-Feb-14

31-Aug-14

28-Feb-15

31-Aug-15

28-Feb-16

31-Aug-16

28-Feb-17

31-Aug-17

28-Feb-18

31-Aug-18

28-Feb-19

31-Aug-19

28-Feb-20

31-Aug-20

28-Feb-21

31-Aug-21

28-Feb-22

31-Aug-22

28-Feb-23

31-Aug-23

28-Feb-24

31-Aug-24

28-Feb-25

31-Aug-25

28-Feb-26

31-Aug-26

28-Feb-27

31-Aug-27

28-Feb-28

31-Aug-28

28-Feb-29

31-Aug-29

28-Feb-30

31-Aug-30

28-Feb-31