Dating car registration numbers
Number plates with smaller characters meeting standards for motorcycles are only permitted on imported vehicles, and then only if they do not have European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval and their construction/design cannot accommodate standard size number plates, for example vehicles made for the US or Japanese market may only have an 305mm x 152mm (12" x 6") area to affix a number plate in which a standard one line plate is too long (460mm) to fit whilst a two line plates is too tall (199mm).
The industry standard size front number plate is 520 mm × 111 mm (20½" × 4⅜").
Either the full wording or the abbreviation is used.
Currently no other flags are allowed to be displayed on the plate.
These regulations do not extend to Northern Ireland as there is no consensus on a national symbol.
Although these plates are permitted throughout the entire UK, An alternative (64 mm) font is provided for motorcycles (schedule 4 part 2, p. The standard font, unofficially known as Charles Wright 2001, is a subtly redrawn version of Charles Wright's original 1935 font.
Other schemes relating to the UK are also listed below.
Black number plates with white or silver characters are permitted on vehicles registered before 1 January 1975, if registered under the Historic Vehicle taxation class.
Both systems are administered by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea; until July 2014, Northern Ireland's system was administered by the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Coleraine, which had the same status as the DVLA.In addition, characters on number plates purchased from 1 September 2001 must use a mandatory typeface and conform to set specifications as to width, height, stroke, spacing and margins.The physical characteristics of the number plates are set out in British Standard BS AU 145d, which specifies visibility, strength, and reflectivity.The material of UK number plates must either comply with British Standard BS AU 145d, which states BSI number plates must be marked on the plate with the BSI logo and the name and postcode of the manufacturer and the supplier of the plates or "(b) any other relevant standard or specification recognised for use in an EEA State and which, when in use, offers a performance equivalent to that offered by a plate complying with the British Standard specification, and which, in either case, is marked with the number (or such other information as is necessary to permit identification) of that standard or specification." Older British plates had white, grey or silver characters on a black background.This style of plate was phased out in 1972 and, until 2012, legal to be carried only on vehicles first registered before 1 January 1973.
Vehicle registration plates are the mandatory alphanumeric plates used to display the registration mark of a vehicle, and have existed in the United Kingdom since 1903.