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