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Personalised Number Plates


What is a Personalised Number Plate?


A Personalised Number Plate - also often referred to as a Private Number Plate, Private Registration, or Cherished Number Plate - is a personalised DVLA registration number issued to your motor vehicle. The Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency, or DVLA, is a government agency tasked with assigning car registrations.


We at Absolute Reg are a recognized reseller of DVLA Registrations, and we pride ourselves on our outstanding stock of over 50 million registrations, accessible through our state of the art search functions. So, let us help you find the perfect private plate for you and your car!


Benefits of Personalised Number Plates


Personalised number plates are a great way to add a touch of identity to your vehicle without breaking the bank. They’re also great investments, as personalised registrations usually only appreciate in value as time goes by. They are also a fantastic way to hide the age of your vehicle. Absolute Reg offers a huge range of private plates for you to buy. You can search through our massive stock of private plates to find the perfect match for you and your car. Whether you are looking for your initials, a nickname or just something unique, we have a cheap number plate for you in our stock of over 50 million car registrations.


What styles of Personalised Number Plates are Available?


As the old saying goes, Variety is the Spice of Life


And that also goes for number plates! 


At Absolute Reg, we offer all types of number plate styles such as:


Current / New Style

Current registration plates, also referred to “new style registrations”, were introduced in September 2001. These number plates identify the year of issuance with a number. For example, 01 = Mar 2001, the first month of issuance.


Prefix Style

Prefix number plates were launched in 1983, and contain a letter at the beginning of the registration to indicate the year in which the vehicle was registered. For example, A = August 1983, the first month of issuance.


Suffix Style

Suffix number plates were introduced in 1963, and contain three letters and three numbers. The last letter indicates the year in which the vehicle was registered, for example, A = August 1963.



Dateless number plates can be used on any vehicle regardless of age. Often a prized collectors item owing to its rarity, a dateless reg plate contains a combination of 1, 2 or 3 numbers/letters. For example, A1, 123 A, or 123 ABC.


Northern Irish

Northern Irish registration marks have never changed over the years, and are now used across the UK and Northern Ireland for private number plates. Northern Irish registration marks will always contain I or Z, to represent the area of Northern Ireland in which they were first issued.


We even stock acrylic number plates, so all you have to do is screw them in place, and away you go!


How do I find a Personalised Number Plate?


Our state of the art Super Search feature (found here) allows you to search any word  or name. It then pops out every registration that correlates with that word or name in every car registration style.


For example, if you search the name “GEORGE” on our Super Search, some results for Prefix Style car registration options you may get are “G50RGE”, “G874 RGE”, “G39 RGE”, “G630RGE”, and ”G302 RGE”. 


On the other hand, if you search the name “GEORGE” on our Super Search, some results for Suffix Style car registration options you may get are “GEO 22F” and “GEO 111F”. If you search the name “PETER”, some suffix registrations that may pop up include “PET 99R” and “PET 66R”. It’s a lot of fun!


The Super Search also pops out private registration combinations for every other style of personalised plate too such as Dateless and Irish.


How do I use a Personalised Number Plate?


A personalised plate may be used on your vehicle, be kept in retention until you are ready to use it later, or be given to a loved one as a gift!


Buying a Personalised Number Plate as a Gift


Purchasing a number plate as a gift is an effortless process.


The only information and details we would require is the name you wish for the registration plate to be registered in, and this is required to be the same as on the V5C (Log Book) of the vehicle.


For more info on buying a personalised number plate as a gift, head here.


And to find the perfect registration plate for your loved one, simply use the super search bar (found here) to browse our selection for the perfect gift for your loved one today. 


The best tactic is to search the name of the person or something special about the occasion. For example, if their name is “George”, simply search “George”. If it is for Mother’s Day, you can search “MOM”. With over 55 million to choose from, you’re bound to find the perfect plate for your loved one!


Can I keep a Personalised Number Plate in Retention?


Yes, a personalised number plate can be kept in retention for up to 10 years on a V778 Retention Document.


A V778 retention document remains valid and allows you to assign a number plate to a vehicle for up to 10 years. All vehicles must be roadworthy, needs an MOT and taxed to have a private plate assigned. 


To have the number you’ve retained assigned to a new vehicle, head over to the DVLA website and supply the information found on the V778 document and VC5 vehicle logbook. Your private number will be assigned as soon as the process is completed, provided the DVLA doesn't require your vehicle to be inspected.


This process only takes a few minutes when done on the DVLA website.

How do I sell a Personalised Number Plate?


Absolute Reg is constantly looking for fresh new registrations to purchase into stock or to sell on a commission basis.


Absolute Reg will take a proactive approach to finding you a buyer for your personalised number plate. You can expect your registration plate to be advertised across our social media platforms, national newspapers and magazines, and our other advertising platforms, making Absolute Reg the best place for you to find a buyer for your number plate.


You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Here is what you need to do:


  1. Fill out this form


That’s it! It is a simple 1 step process and you can expect your private plate valuation emailed to you in just 24 hours.


You will also receive a confirmation email stating that we have received your private plate valuation request, and are working on this to give you the most accurate, realistic price possible.


Once your number plate is sold, you will be paid via a BACS Transfer, usually within 3 working days of the sale.


Absolute Reg conducts a vast amount of market research before determining the valuation of your private number plate. As a result, we won’t be able to provide valuations over the phone. However, if you do have any questions regarding our valuation service, please call us on 0207 205 2347 or email us at


Please note: by submitting a registration to our website you are agreeing to the selling terms and conditions which can be found here.


What Rules Need to be Followed When Purchasing a Personalised Number Plate?

The only rule that exists with Dateless Number Plates, other than the obvious rules that it must be registered with the DVLA and cannot be counterfeit etc., is that your number plate cannot hide the age of your vehicle. 


There are also a few aesthetic rules that need to be followed. A registration plate cannot be made from reflective material, display black characters on a white background on the front plate, display black characters on a yellow background on the rear plate, have a background pattern, or have an altered font or spacing.


But when you buy your plate from Absolute Reg, you’re guaranteed that all aesthetic rules are always followed!


Price Promise

At Absolute Reg, we refuse to be beaten on price - our price promise guarantees that you will get the best deal on the best selection of private registration plates. 


Found a cheaper number plate elsewhere? Absolute Reg will be sure to match it or even beat it by £5 wherever possible. Simply fill out this form.


Get Finance Online

Personalised Registrations can often be quite expensive. Luckily, we at Absolute Reg allow you to purchase your dream private number plate without paying everything upfront. At Checkout, you can select the option to Finance your number plate following anywhere between 2 and 48 months, with 0 deposit and low credit rates. 


Meaning that a private plate is always an affordable present for a loved one. It also means you never have to compromise on your dream personalised plate for your car!


To find the perfect personalised number plate for you or your loved one, head over to our search engine page by clicking this link here.