What are Prefix Number Plates?

There is a lot of confusion out there about prefix style number plates in the UK, and so this article aims to set the record straight and provide readers with all the most accurate information. With a bit of luck, you will understand the concept and when you might encounter prefix style number plates by the time you reach the bottom of this page.


What are prefix style number plates?

From August 1983 to August 2001, the DVLA used this style of registration plate. Indeed, you’ve seen thousands of them on UK roads in the past. The plates contain a letter at the beginning that identifies the age of the car and the period in which it was registered. That is the first letter on the left-hand side of the plate, and it could be almost any letter of the alphabet. They also contain another three letters followed by three numbers.

The only letters you will never see as a leading age identier on a prefix style number plate include I, O, Z, and Q.

There are various reasons for that, but it mainly relates to the fact that the letter "i" can appear too similar to the number 1 or the letter "L". The same goes for the letter "O" which can look like a zero in many instances. The letter "Q" is only used on prefix number places when the age or identity of your vehicle is in doubt. A lot of kit cars and custom vehicles would use that letter on their plates before 2001.


What does the process involve?

Once your choose a prefix style number plate and make your purchase; the DVLA has to be informed of the update. That process will involve removing the existing number plate, and then replacing it with your new one. In some instances, it’s possible to sell the old plate to recoup some of your costs. After you receive your new number plate; you just have to attach it to your car.


Why buy with Primo Registrations?

Primo Registrations has a long history of providing an excellent service to motorists who wish to buy private registration plates. We have a vast choice of plates available, and the purchase process is simple and straightforward. Get in touch with Primo Registrations today to find the best plate for your vehicle at the most affordable prices online. The only rule is that you need to make sure your personalised plates do not make your car appear newer than it is with the use of your numbers or lettering.

Now you know everything there is to know about prefix style number plates; you should have no misconceptions about that form of registration and whether or not personal plates are suitable for your vehicle. If you’d like to know more about our selection of available plates, just browse this website or call our team today! You can filter your search results by budget, and that helps to ensure you only see listings for prefix style personalised plates within your price range.