Car registration dates

Vehicle registration release dates

We’ve listed the dates that the different car registration letters or digits were released.

Use this information to help you to plan which personal registrations you can apply to your vehicle.
Remember: you cannot apply a number plate to a vehicle if it makes the vehicle appear newer than it is.

To help you further, we’ve provided a fuller explanation of the different number plate styles.

If you are unsure, then please contact us for advice. We will be happy to help.
 

New Current Style Number Plates New (Current) Style number plates
Prefix Style Number Plates Prefix Style number plates
Suffix Style Number Plates Suffix Style number plates
Dateless Number Plates Dateless number plates
Irish Style Number Plates Irish number plates

 
 
New (Current) Style number plates
 

The new style number plate was introduced in September 2001. They follow the format AA51 AAA. The digits (see the table below) indicate the dates they were released.

More information about Current Style number plates
Region identifiers for current style number plates
 

Number Plate Digits

From

To

51

Sep 2001

Feb 2002

52

Sep 2002

Feb 2003

53

Sep 2003

Feb 2004

54

Sep 2004

Feb 2005

55

Sep 2005

Feb 2006

56

Sep 2006

Feb 2007

57

Sep 2007

Feb 2008

58

Sep 2008

Feb 2009

59

Sep 2009

Feb 2010

60

Sep 2010

Feb 2011

61

Sep 2011

Feb 2012

62

Sep 2012

Feb 2013

63

Sep 2013

Feb 2014

Number Plate Digits

From

To

02

Mar 2002

Aug 2002

03

Mar 2003

Aug 2003

04

Mar 2004

Aug 2004

05

Mar 2005

Aug 2005

06

Mar 2006

Aug 2006

07

Mar 2007

Aug 2007

08

Mar 2008

Aug 2008

09

Mar 2009

Aug 2009

10

Mar 2010

Aug 2010

11

Mar 2011

Aug 2011

12

Mar 2012

Aug 2012

13

Mar 2013

Aug 2013

 

 

 
 
 

 
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Prefix Style number plates
 

The prefix style number plates were introduced in August 1983, and ended in August 2001. They follow the format A123 AAA. The first letter (see the table below) indicates the dates they were released.

More information about Prefix Style number plates.
 

Number Plate Prefix Letter

From

To

A

1st Aug 1983

31st Jul 1984

B

1st Aug 1984

31st Jul 1985

C

1st Aug 1985

31st Jul 1986

D

1st Aug 1986

31st Jul 1987

E

1st Aug 1987

31st Jul 1988

F

1st Aug 1988

31st Jul 1989

G

1st Aug 1989

31st Jul 1990

H

1st Aug 1990

31st Jul 1991

J

1st Aug 1991

31st Jul 1992

K

1st Aug 1992

31st Jul 1993

L

1st Aug 1993

31st Jul 1994

M

1st Aug 1994

31st Jul 1995

N

1st Aug 1995

31st Jul 1996

P

1st Aug 1996

31st Jul 1997

R

1st Aug 1997

31st Jul 1998

S

1st Aug 1998

28th Feb 1999

T

1st Mar 1999

31st Aug 1999

V

1st Sep 1999

29th Feb 2000

W

1st Mar 2000

31st Aug 2000

X

1st Sep 2000

28th Feb 2001

Y

1st Mar 2001

31st Aug 2001

 

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Suffix Style number plates
 

The suffix style number plates were introduced in February 1963, and ended in July 1983. They follow the format AAA 123A. The last letter (see the table below) indicates the dates they were released.

More information about Suffix Style number plate
 

Number Plate Suffix Letter

From

To

A

1st Feb 1963

31st Dec 1963

B

1st Jan 1964

31st Dec 1964

C

1st Jan 1965

31st Dec 1965

D

1st Jan 1966

31st Dec 1966

E

1st Jan 1967

31st Jul 1967

F

1st Aug 1967

31st Jul 1968

G

1st Aug 1968

31st Jul 1969

H

1st Aug 1969

31st Jul 1970

J

1st Aug 1970

31st Jul 1971

K

1st Aug 1971

31st Jul 1972

L

1st Aug 1972

31st Jul 1973

M

1st Aug 1973

31st Jul 1974

N

1st Aug 1974

31st Jul 1975

P

1st Aug 1975

31st Jul 1976

R

1st Aug 1976

31st Jul 1977

S

1st Aug 1977

31st Jul 1978

T

1st Aug 1978

31st Jul 1979

V

1st Aug 1979

31st Jul 1980

W

1st Aug 1980

31st Jul 1981

X

1st Aug 1981

31st Jul 1982

Y

1st Aug 1982

31st Jul 1983

 

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Dateless number plates
 

Dateless number plates are precisely that….dateless. They can be applied to any age car. They were issued before date related number plates were introduced in 1963.

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Irish number plates
 

Irish number plates are also, essentially, dateless. They can be applied to any age car.

More information about Irish number plates

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