CarReg can help find your ideal personalised number plate quickly and easily
You may have noticed that vehicles on the UK’s roads can have a variety of different formats of registrations. Please read on for a brief look at the fascinating history of UK personalised number plates and private number plates, or simply start your search here.
What types of personalised number plates are there?
We’ve described the different vehicle registration formats below, tying them to the periods during which they were issued. Just click these links to find out more:
Why did we start using registration numbers for our vehicles?
The British government decided over one hundred years ago that the fledgling motorised car industry would need to be regulated.
The “Motor Car Act 1903″ introduced number plates, and raised the UK’s speed limit to a scary 20mph!
As part of this new legislation it was decreed that each motor vehicle would need its own identity. Consequently, all vehicles registered in the UK must have unique registration numbers and so number plates were born.
Personalised number plate formats
Each of the formats mentioned on this site relates to a style of registration issued in the UK during a particular time period.
Terms such as cherished, personal & personalised number plates, private number plates and registrations are used almost interchangeably. However these are generic and don’t relate to particular styles, formats or time periods.
Changes to formats were made for different reasons; the most common being simply that all possible sequences in a particular style had been used up requiring a new format – much like the seemingly frequent changes to London phone numbers! To buy a personalised number plate of your own, try the smart search at the top of this page
Many Personalised Items Can Be Perfect Gifts
Over the years we have found that more and more personalised number plates have been purchased for gifts. Notable birthdays such as a 21st then also 40,50,60,70th birthdays are always popular for families to join together and buy a personalised gift. It is now so much easier to gift a number plate, when supplied on a certificate it is perfect to insert inside a card and also wrap the actual number plates.
CarReg have over 50 million personalised registrations to choose from, prices start from only £130 - We also have many of our own in stock held on DVLA certificate.
Look for private number plates via our totally unique search system.