Number Plate Requirements

Replacing your reg number plate

When replacing your number plate you should make sure that the correct material has been used to manufacture the plate. It should be made from a reflective material. Front number plates must display black characters on a white background and rear number plate must display black characters on a yellow background.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is not aware of any self-adhesive number plates that meet the British Standard requirements.

Characters on a number plate can be 3D, providing they meet all the other requirements, but honeycomb or other background patterns are not allowed.

Also, the characters on a number plate need to be a standard height and width.

Your number plate should show the correct:

character height – 79 millimetres
character width – 50 millimetres (except the figure 1 or letter I)
character stroke – 14 millimetres
space between characters – 11 millimetres
space between groups – 33 millimetres
top, bottom and side margins – minimum 11 millimetres
space between vertical lines – 19 millimetres

Motorcycles and tricycles

Motorcycles registered from 1 September 2001 must only display a number plate at the rear of the vehicle.

Motorcycles registered before 1 September 2001 can display a number plate at the front, but do not have to. The number plate must be a ‘two-line’ number plate.

Motorcycle number plates should have a:

character height – 64 millimetres
character width – 44 millimetres (except the figure 1 or letter I)
character stroke – 10 millimetres
space between characters – 10 millimetres
space between groups – 30 millimetres
top, bottom and side margins – 11 millimetres (minimum)
vertical space between groups – 13 millimetres

Tricycles made from motorcycles must meet the number plate requirements for motorcycles.

Tricycles made from four-wheeled vehicles, such as saloon cars and quad bikes must meet the same number plate requirements as all other vehicles.

How to get a number plate made up

To have a number plate made for your vehicle, you’ll need to go to a registered number plate supplier (RNPS). The registered supplier will need proof of your identity, as well as proof that the registration number belongs to you.

www.Premier-Number-Plate.co.uk – 0208 144 1715

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