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Dates of issue for the various UK number plate formats

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‘Current Style’ registration numbers issue dates
(also known as ‘New Style’ plates)
Example of a current style ‘51′ registration: AB51 CDE

51 registrations
1st September 2001 to end of February 2002
02 registrations
1st March 2002 to end of August 2002
52 registrations
1st Sept 2002 to end of February 2003
03 registrations
1st March 2003 to end of August 2003
53 registrations
1st Sept 2003 to end of February 2004
04 registrations
1st March 2004 to end of August 2004
54 registrations
1st Sept 2004 to end of February 2005
05 registrations
1st March 2005 to end of August 2005
55 registrations
1st Sept 2005 to end of February 2006
06 registrations
1st March 2006 to end of August 2006
56 registrations
1st Sept 2006 to end of February 2007
07 registrations
1st March 2007 to end of August 2007
57 registrations
1st Sept 2007 to end of February 2008
08 registrations
1st March 2008 to end of August 2008
58 registrations
1st Sept 2008 to end of February 2009
09 registrations (not yet released)
1st March 2009 to end of August 2009

‘Prefix Style’ registration numbers issue dates
(also known as ‘Classic Style’ plates)
Example of a prefix style ‘Y’ registration: Y8 LJB

A registrations
1st August 1983 to end of July 1984
B registrations
1st August 1984 to end of July 1985
C registrations
1st August 1985 to end of July 1986
D registrations
1st August 1986 to end of July 1987
E registrations
1st August 1987 to end of July 1988
F registrations
1st August 1988 to end of July 1989
G registrations
1st August 1989 to end of July 1990
H registrations
1st August 1990 to end of July 1991
J registrations
1st August 1991 to end of July 1992
K registrations
1st August 1992 to end of July 1993
L registrations
1st August 1993 to end of July 1994
M registrations
1st August 1994 to end of July 1995
N registrations
1st August 1995 to end of July 1996
P registrations
1st August 1996 to end of July 1997
R registrations
1st August 1997 to end of July 1998
S registrations
1st August 1998 to end of February 1999
T registrations
1st March 1999 to end of August 1999
V registrations
1st September 1999 to end of February 2000
W registrations
1st March 2000 to end of August 2000
X registrations
1st September 2000 to end of February 2001
Y registrations
1st March 2001 to end of August 2001

‘Suffix Style’ registration numbers issue dates
(also known as ‘Letters First’ plates)
Example of a old suffix style ‘H’ registration: KEL 5H

A
1st February 1963 to end of December 1963
B
1st January 1964 to end of December1964
C
1st January 1965 to end of December 1965
D
1st January 1966 to end of December 1966
E
1st January 1967 to end of July 1967
F
1st August 1967 to end of July 1968
G
1st August 1968 to end of July 1969
H
1st August 1969 to end of July 1970
J
1st August 1970 to end of July 1971
K
1st August 1971 to end of July 1972
L
1st August 1972 to end of July 1973
M
1st August 1973 to end of July 1974
N
1st August 1974 to end of July 1975
P
1st August 1975 to end of July 1976
R
1st August 1976 to end of July 1977
S
1st August 1977 to end of July 1978
T
1st August 1978 to end of July 1979
V
1st August 1979 to end of July 1980
W
1st August 1980 to end of July 1981
X
1st August 1981 to end of July 1982
Y
1st August 1982 to end of July 1983

‘Dateless’ registration numbers
(also known as ‘Ageless’ plates)
Example of a dateless style registration: 32 TB

Dateless registration numbers are exactly that, dateless. This means that they can be transferred to any age of vehicle as they were issued before date related number plates were introduced in 1963.

‘Irish’ registration numbers
(also known as ‘Paddy’ plates)
Example of a dateless style registration: BNZ 8754

Irish registration numbers can be transferred to any age of vehicle as they do not contain an age identifier.

‘Q’ registration numbers
(also known as ‘Q’ plates)
Example of a dateless style registration: Q123 ABC

There are a few vehicles on the road which bear a Q registration number, these are generally issued to vehicles that have been constructed of bits and pieces from several vehicles. You usually find that kit cars make up the largest amount of Q registered vehicles on the road. Vehicles which have a Q registration plate CANNOT participate in registration transfers.
 
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