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Dateless Car Registrations

Dateless numbers are the original format for UK car registrations and they can be assigned to any year of vehicle which is the reason why they are referred to as dateless registrations. The first marks issued to vehicles were of a dateless format comprising one letter and one number with the letter preceeding the number. Since 1904 all cars and engine driven vehicles within the UK have had to display number plates as a unique identifier for the vehicle. Although the formats have changed over time the principles are the same in creating a unique combination of letters and numbers for every road vehicle.

Registration marks have been assigned to all road going motorised vehicles since the 1st January 1904.The Motor Car Act of 1903 required all vehicles to be registered with local authorities and for all vehicles to clearly display number plates of a regulation size. In the 1990's the DVLA marketed the first un-issued registrations for members of the public to buy and to have assigned to their vehicles.

It is worth noting that car registrations from the dateless era of issue are the most sought after formats for enthusiasts and these early formats have been known to fetch in excess of 400,000. It is also worth noting that an auction at Sotheby's saw the registration mark F1 going to auction with a reputed reserve of around 350,000 and was sold for 460k with its current market value estimated to be in excess of 6 million. This registration is owned by a Bradford business owner and it has been adorned to a range of high value vehicles since its purchase.

Suffix Car Registration Numbers

Suffix style registrations were first issued in 1960 as an extension to the dateless series. The addition of a year identifier at the end of the string of letters and numbers saw the first issue of number plates that were of a dated format. The format is very popular and there are many name plates of significant value that utilise the combination of letters and numbers available as a sequence. An example of a name plate created from a suffix registration format would be for instance DAV 1D or DEB 81E

The suffix formats continued until 1982 and these formats are available today for assignment to vehicles that post date the year of issue. It's fair to say that the vast majority of vehicles today meet the criteria for the assignment of a suffix style number. The rule for assignment is relevant in this instance in that you cannot make a vehicle appear younger than it is.

Prefix Car Registrations

Prefix Numbers were first issued in 1983 and the basis for the format was for the year indicator to be a letter at the start of the sequence of numbers and letters. The combination of letters and numbers are probably the most popular amongst the general public as they represent excellent value and are deemed within the industry to be a sound investment for the future

Names and phrases created within the prefix formats have been popular and one of the most expensive car registrations auctioned in recent years was a distinctive prefix registration; K1 NGS sold in 1993 to an Arab Sultan at a price of 231,000

New Style Registration Numbers

New Style or current style registrations as they are sometimes known were introduced during 2001 in response to the prefix styles running out of number and letter combinations. The new style formats are becoming popular as available combinations of prefix registrations reduce.

It is worth noting that combinations of letters and numbers can produce some extremely desireable marks with some variations being distinctive, with recent issues for example being RU55 ELS, BA55 ERS and BU55 OMS

Irish Registrations

The system for registrations in Northern Ireland is very different from that of the UK mainland in that they are dateless numbers and the combination of letters available includes the letters Z and I. The significance of these letters being included becomes apparent when creating name plates at affordable prices.

irish registrations have in recent years experienced a rapid increase in popularity on the UK mainland and although transfers can take slightly longer the wait is more than offset by the affordability provided by these dateless formats.

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Our staff will co-ordinate the transfer of your personalised number plate with DVLA Swansea and provide updates on transer progress for your convenience and peace of mind. Our cherished number plates can be purchased securely on-line from our website or alternatively by telephone. Premier Plates UK sell cherished numbers owned by clients, government stock and our own stock. Under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 we must notify all our clients that our service begins immediately upon placement of your order and subsequently no cooling off period or refunds are given. Please refer to our terms and conditions page for detail relating to the purchase of a uk car registration. Premier Plates UK is in no way affiliated to the DVLA. We are a DVLA recognised reseller of personalised number plates and use of the term 'DVLA' is only for the purposes of describing the goods and services offered by Premier Plates UK. DVLA is a registered trade mark of the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency

Premier Plates UK are a DVLA recognised reseller of DVLA registrations and we are a DVLA registered supplier of number plates for cars and motorcycles. We buy DVLA auction registrations and from members of the public. We are brokers of dvla registrations for members of the public and we provide our marketing service for owners of high value and low value chersihed number plates. We have custom search facilities on our website which allows our customers to search quickly for their ideal number plate. If you are looking for a dateless plate or a new style registration you will be able to find it and enquire or buy securely online. Before choosing your ideal plate you need to check on the age of your vehicle and the year qualifier for the new reg in order to make sure it is a transferable number to your vehicle. In purchasing your ideal private plate you will need to ensure the vehicle registration is displayed in accordance with DVLA regulations..