What Were They Thinking?! Rude, Crude, and Banned DLVA Number Plates

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  • Are you excited to get a new vehicle and a vehicle registration combination which suits you? If so, be aware that not all registration plates are acceptable and approved by DVLA. You may select a plate number that may end up banned or decline upon request.

Every year there are new (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) DVLA number plates added to the banned list. Which plates are getting the cut? Which got cut in the past?
Read on to find out.


DVLA Number Plates

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency licenses both the drivers and issuing registration numbers to vehicles, both regular and personalised plates.

The DVLA licenses are composed of three segments. They include; 2 first letters (DVLA memory tag), 2 numbers (age identifier) and after a small space, are 3 random letters. In some cases, the age identifier can bring about an inappropriate combination.

After printing the registration numbers, DVLA releases the list twice a year, in March and in September. However, DVLA bans some registration numbers due to various reasons before or after issue.

Considering some plates include offensive words and slurs, DVLA takes a firm decision to ban to reduce the stop of various stereotypes such as racism and homophobia. The message may be subtle or very distinct, and if spotted on the road, they may create public outrage

If the DVLA finds any registration which has a combination that may cause public outrage, embarrassment, or offense, they take the necessary action by banning them. Yes, you may think you are buying a personal number plate, but when driving around the UK, members of the public will still spot your number plate and the meaning portrayed by it. If you are in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, or Wales, you will have to abide by the number plate rules and avoid the banned number plates.


Why Personalised Number Plates?

The main reason as to why you may select a personalised number plate is to stand out and to be unique, displaying your personality and fine choices. You can even consider it as a treat for yourself, especially after working hard to get your car.

Also, you may consider personalised plates to hide the age of your vehicle. Since the age code is a sign of how old a car is, you can make it a bit hard for someone to determine the age of your vehicle, especially if you have maintained it well.

A personalised number plate is an investment. They are unique, and it may be possible for you to sell your number plate at a higher price at a later date. You can purchase these plates from a personal dealer or from DVLA.


Banned Number Plates

There are more than 400 combinations of banned number plates in the UK as of 2019. The following are in the new category of '68 plates and they include:

  • DR68 GGY
  • MY68 DCK
  • OR68 ASM
  • BL68 JOB
  • DO68 GER
  • NO68 SHT
  • BA68 TRD
  • SH68 GER
  • CA68 OMB

Therefore, conduct proper research and avoid plates that may be banned in the future to avoid any inconveniences.


Automatically Banned Registration Plates

The DVLA has already banned various offensive and rude combinations to avoid anyone from acquiring them. Any combination which includes the words ‘bum’, ‘sex’ or ‘ass’ at the end cannot hit the roads.

Each year, additional combinations which are vulgar are also blocked. These include:

  • BO** MBS
  • TO** SER
  • R** APE
  • SL** UTS
  • BO** SOM
  • FA** RTY
  • CR** APS
  • B** UMS

Additional registration numbers which have been banned include:


Some individuals are willing to pay thousands of pounds to get their hands on DVLA personalised vehicle number plates. In early 2018, the combination C*II **T was also banned after it was put up for sale by an anonymous person. Their asking price was £6,000.

Keep it in mind that you can make a direct purchase of a DVLA number plate at £250, with no hidden charges. Also, you can get cheap number plates for as low as £135 including plates from us.

There are some number plates which have been banned or stirred debate and controversy because they are considered to have homophobic messages. For example, D1 KES, WH08 GAY, and F4 GOT were removed from circulation after a gay rights charity complained.

However, it is ironic that there are some vehicle registration plates such as WH02 GAY, WH08 GAY, F14 GOT, GAY 1 and GAY 50 are still available. Another example of a number plate which somehow ended up in the market is JH11 HAD.


Combinations Banned in 2019

On March 1, 2019, the ‘19’ number plates were circulated. These will be applied to new vehicles until August 31, 2019. The combinations which have already been banned from being circulated include:

AS19 OLE , *S19 AGS BA19 AGS, BO19 OCK, HU19 DCK NO19 BER, EA19 DKS, EA19 POO, FE19 ATE, DR19 GGS , BU19 SHT, DO19 SHIT, FR19 PLY, CR19 MES, LV19 NAL, DO19 POO, SH19 HOT, MM19 NGE, HU19 DCK, NO19 MUM, and NO19 NCE.

Don’t add on the list by selecting offensive number plates.


General Banned Number Plates

Additionally, rude, political or religious incorrect/offensive combinations are also banned. The generally banned combinations include:

  • EU16 OUT
  • JE55 US
  • EU16 GON
  • OS55 AMA
  • AD13 CTS


Do Not Be Late in Grabbing Your Number Plate

Personalised DVLA number plates sell quite fast. You would not want to miss out on a chance to get one that will suit you.

To get your hands on a number plate of choice, you can place an order online or contact us to make arrangements with our transfer experts.