5-Digit Number Plates


What Are 5-Digit Number Plates?

5-digit number plates, issued by the DVLA, are a branch of dateless number plates. Typically, dateless number plates have 1 to 4 numbers followed by 1 to 4 letters and vice versa.

This can sometimes result in them being referred to as 3 by 1 number plates.

Why Are 5-Digit Number Plates Special?

5-Digit number plates can typically only be bought at auctions. However, many drivers throughout the UK sell their 5-digit plates to us at Absolute Reg. You can use our site now to find the perfect plate for you.

5-Digit Dateless Number Plates

The DVLA began putting a registration mark on every vehicle in 1904. Our aim at Absolute Reg is to sell affordable private registrations.

Two batches of dateless private number plates were issued in the beginning. A normal dateless number plate, and then one that is reversed.

How Do I Buy 5-Digit Number Plates?

1. Search For A 5-Digit Private Number Plate

DVLA number plates can be searched using our search bar. We make it easy to find a 5-digit number plate that meets your needs.

2. Check To See If It’s Suitable For Your Vehicle

Once you have chosen your 5-digit personalised number plate, you can determine what private registrations are suitable for your vehicle. With the exception of Northern Irish registration number plates, the registration number cannot be older than the vehicle itself.

3. Click “View and Buy” and Checkout

Find the perfect 5-digit number plate for you and click "View and Buy".

Other Number Plate Styles

The DVLA number plates we offer are not only available in 5-digit styles, but also in various other styles. If you are looking for a private plate, you can choose from a host of different styles and prices. 
Decide the number plate style that best suits you and your car from the many options available to you.

Current/New Style

Current style number plates are also known as new-style number plates. They were first issued by the DVLA back in 2001. You can choose from thousands of current or new style registrations for you to decide from that are affordable.
Currently, number plates use two letters to indicate the issuing area. There are two numbers at the end of the plate (either a 0 or a 5) and the year date.

Suffix Style

Suffix-style registration plates were available from 1963 and ran up to 1982. An age identifier letter is added to this registration type.

For example, registrations that ended with an A represented 1963, and registrations ending in Y represented 1982.

Prefix Style

Prefix DVLA number plates were issued for the first time, after the expiration of the suffix registration marks, in August 1983. Prefix registrations are most popular across the private number plate market.

Prefix registrations are very similar to suffix plates in that the first character indicates the year of the plate's issue. For example, if A is the first letter of the registration, it represents the year 1983.

Northern Irish

Northern Ireland registration marks are a remarkable way to hide the age of your vehicle. These number plates are typically among the cheapest on the market, as such, it is not uncommon to pay next to nothing for them.

All Northern Irish registrations are also dateless. Thanks to this, they are often highly sought after and usually soar in value as time goes on.

Why Should You Buy Your 5-Digit Plates From Absolute Reg?

Largest Stock

With over 50 million licence plates, we have more than any other dealer – including the DVLA!

Price Promise

Our price promise ensures that you are getting the best deal on the best selection of private registration plates at Absolute Reg.

Lifetime Customer Service

It doesn't matter if it is two weeks after your purchase or two years down the line, our friendly after-sales team is always happy to help.

Rated Highest On-Time Delivery In 2020

See why our private number plates are so popular by purchasing your number plate online or by phone today! Our accolades are also available on reviews.co.uk.

Certificate Of Entitlement

When you purchase a brand new DVLA number plate from us, you will receive a V778 or V750 certificate of entitlement from the DVLA.

When a new registration number is being used for the first time, you receive a V750 certificate.

5-Digit Number Plates As Gifts

No matter what format the plates come in, personalised plates make great gifts.
You're almost guaranteed to find the perfect 5-digit plate for that special someone with the variety of options available. There's nothing better than the perfect 5-digit plate, whether it's for a family car or the most luxurious car. For more number plate gifting advice, read our number plate gifting guide.

5-Digit Number Plates FAQ

Can The DVLA Create A Number Plate?

The DVLA is responsible for the creation of all registrations in the UK, including 5-digit number plates. However, you can only use DVLA number plates on taxed UK vehicles.

Can I use A 5-Digit Plate Straight Away?

When you purchase any new number plate, you need to send an application, so your plate can be approved for use. Once the application has been approved, you are good to go.

Do You Have To Pay To Put A 5-Digit Plate On Your Car?

Changing your number plate is completely free. All you have to do is fill out an application form and mail it in.
In order to replace your old number plate, you must apply to remove the old one through, or else it will not be deemed valid.

Can I Put My 5-Digit Plate On Any Car?

All registration plates must meet the format that has been set up for all registration numbers issued by the DVLA. A DVLA number plate, for example, cannot make the vehicle appear newer.