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Number Plate FAQ

Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions page where you will find answers to common questions regarding cherished number plates, private plates, DVLA number plates buying and selling car number plates, DVLA number plates and DVLA information.


What do DVLA and VRO stand for?
DVLA = Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency
VRO = Vehicle Registration Office

I can’t find the number plate I want anywhere, why is this?
This is more than likely because the number plate has already been registered to another vehicle. However some number plates are illegal within the UK, for example those related to terrorism, religion, sex or anything of an offensive nature. All number plates are checked to ensure they do not cause offence. If you can’t find the private plate like DVLA number plates, you require visit the number plate search on the Wes Number Plates homepage to find alternatives.

Can I make my car look newer than it is with a private number plate?
Unfortunately you cannot make a vehicle look newer than it is by purchasing a private plate with a later year suffix or prefix letter. You can use an earlier year as the suffix or prefix letter and number plates with no year mark can be placed on any vehicle.

Is the price I see the total price I pay for my cherished number plate?
You need to add the £80 DVLA transfer fee to the price you see on the website for your cherished number plate. This will be added automatically should you go through the payment process.

How do I place an order for my car number plate?
After deciding which number plate you wish to order, there are two options: either place the number plate in the shopping cart and register your details and payment method or call our sales team on 0800 068 5152 to order over the telephone. Please ensure you have your payment details ready.

What payment methods do you accept?
We accept the following debit and credit cards via PayPal: Maestro, Solo, Visa Debit, Visa Delta, Visa Electron, Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

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Number Plate Information

Prefix Plates

What is a Prefix Style Number Plate?

Prefix style registration numbers were introduced in 1983, when the suffix style registrations ended. Like suffix number plates, prefix number plates also contain a letter as a year identifier to indicate the year the vehicle was registered. The year identifier is the first letter (hence the term prefix registration). Letter / number combinations could then be re-used the following year, with a different prefix letter - to accommodate the new vehicles. Some letters were excluded as prefix letters, such as Q, O, and Z. Prefix style number plate continued until 2001, when they ran out of letters for the prefix. This is when the current style number plate was introduced.

What does a Prefix style registration look like?

Prefix number plates follow the format of a letter that identifies the year of registration, then up to 3 digits, followed by a further 3 letters. We have a number of Prefix number plates for sale here at Wes Number Plates such as K311 THS. With these plates it is quite common for the letter and number combinations to spell names,nickname or initials.

Are Prefix number plates worth anything?

It depends greatly on the combination of letters, and number of digits. If the letters were to spell a name, or common initials, then it's it quite likely the plate will be of significant value.

How much is a Prefix registration worth?

The value of a prefix registration number depends on the letters and digits themselves. If the letters make a recognisable name or word, then it will have some value. Prefix registrations can range in value, from just £100, up to £10,000's.

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Suffix Style Plates

What is a Suffix Number Plate?

Suffix style number plates were introduced in 1963 due to the rapid increase in road users. Many areas began running out of the dateless registration numbers meaning for the first time, registration plates would now include a year identifier to indicate the vehicles year of registration. This meant that the letter / number combinations could be used again and again using a different suffix letter. Although many letters where used in this process some letters were excluded from the number plates, such as Q, O, and Z. The suffix style number plate continued until 1983, when we ran out of letters for the suffix. This is when the prefix style number plate was introduced.

What does a Suffix style registration look like?

How do you know if your registration number is a suffix style plate? Suffix number plates follow the format of 3 letters, up to 3 digits, followed by a year identifier in the form of a letter.

Are Suffix number plates worth anything?

The answer to that depends very much on the letters, and number of digits. If the letters spell a name, or are common initials, then it's very likely the number plate will be of some value. Suffix number plates are less common, simply because most of them were lost when the vehicles they belonged to were scrapped. Personalised number plates were not as popular then as they are today.

How much is a Suffix registration worth?

The value of a suffix registration number depends on the letters and digits themselves. If the letters make a recognisable name or word, then it will have some value. Suffix registrations can range in value, from just £100, up to £10,000's.

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Current Style Number Plates

What is a Current Style Number Plate?


Current Style Number Plates were introduced by the DVLA in September 2001 as a way of making it easier to understand vehicle history. This Current Style still contains the year of manufacture however it is now displayed as a number e.g. 06 for 2006 (56 for September releases). Another new addition is a 'region identifier' which is now indicated by two letters at the beginning of the reg. The random aspect (some would say the fun bit!) of this Current style is, as always the final three letters. Good examples of quality current style registrations owned by Wes Number Plates are RU55 WES and WE51 CAM.

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Dateless (or Cherished) Number Plates

What is a Dateless (or Cherished) Number Plate?


This particular style of registration is seen as the best of the best within the number plate industry, as they are the originally issued combinations to follow the 1903 Motor Car Act which required all vehicles to become registered and display their plates - under government law. As dateless British Number Plates such as 1 WES and 1 REC are considered original cherished plates they are highly desirable and therefore often change hands for a great deal of money.