Car Registrations

UK has had to make some changes to its system of Car Registration plates over the past few years. This has been due to a number of considerations: first the volume of traffic and the number of cars and other vehicles on British roads which has grown far beyond what was ever was envisaged or planned for when Reg plates were introduced. Additionally, the issuing authority has decided that various information should be displayed in the sequence of numbers and letters on the number plates our cars bear.


The first generation of registration plates as used by the original system began in the early 1900s consisted of a letter code which identified the regional authority which issued the plate and a number which identified the individual vehicle. These dateless types of private plates are frequently called 'Cherished Registrations' as they frequently go to make up some of the very best personalised registrations available. There was no easily recognisable indicator of the date of issue or the age of the vehicle. With the two subsequent forms of mark, the year of issue was indicated by a letter at the end of the sequence ('suffix' registration plates) or, later, a letter at the beginning of the sequence ('prefix' registration plates).


Although the registration plates format changed in 2001, the same basic information will be there to see. There is still a letter code indication the area in which the number plate was issued, followed by a number code specifying the year of issue and a unique identifier - three random letters which apply to, and identify, the individual vehicle.


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