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Getting a New Number
Plate

1903  The Motor Car Act 1903 introduced vehcle registration numbers beginning with A1 and consisting of one letter plus one number (£1 reg. fee !! ).  
Next came the series beginning with 2 letters (assigned to a particular locality) and 4 numbers.  
1934  As localities became fully subscribed the 3 letter, 3 number plates were phased in begining with AAA 1 in 1934.  
mid 1950's 
The order of letters and numbers was reversed  
1963  A  From 1963 year suffix's were issued. 
1964 
B  
1965  C  
1966  D  
1967  E,F  
1968  F,G  
1969  G,H  
1970  H,J  
1971  J,K  
1972  K,L  
1973  L,M  Reflective plates introduced. Black on white (front). Black on yellow (rear). 
1974  M,N  
1975  N,P  
1976  P,R  
1977  R,S  
1978  S,T  
1979  T,V  
1980  V,W  
1981  W,X  
1982  X,Y  
1983  Y,A  From 1983 year prefix's
were issued. Q registrations introduced for vehicles of indeterminate age. 
1984  A,B  
1985  B,C  
1986  C,D  
1987  D,E  
1988  E,F  
1989  F,G  
1990  G,H  
1991  H,J  
1992  J,K  
1993  K,L  
1994  M,N  
1995  M,N  
1996  N,P  
1997  P,R  
1998  R,S  
1999  S,T,V  
2000  V,W,X  
2001  X,Y,51  Modern style introduced from
Sept. 2001
AB denotes local DVLA office 5 denotes month of reg. (0 for Mar.) 1 denotes year or reg. (2001) 
2002  51,02,52  
2003  52,03,53  
2004  53,04,54  
2005  54,05,55  
2006  55,06,56  
2007  56, 