Dating car registration plates
When they have used up all of that allocation, they will be assigned another batch. The letters I and Q are not used because they can be confused with 1 and 0 or O, and the DVLA withholds any combinations that may be considered offensive or sweary – we won’t give you any examples but you can use your imaginations…Personalised number plates are a whole different story and are not covered here, but again the DVLA will censor anything it considers inappropriate or offensive.So you couldn’t have a ’19’ plate (2019 car) on a 55-reg car (Sept 2005 – Feb 2006), to reverse the example above.When you change cars, you are allowed to keep your number plate if you don’t want to have to remember a new number every time you change your car.
Even though the system is now centralised, dealers still tend to be allocated registration numbers that reflect their traditional area code, so (for example) if you are buying a new car from a London dealership, you will almost certainly be allocated a number plate starting with an L.
Other regions of England have their own letter codes; Yorkshire-registered cars start with the letter Y, Hampshire-registered cars start with an H, and so on.
If you’re buying a new car in Scotland, it will almost certainly start with an S.
This is fairly common with people trying to make words out of their number plate, or owners trying to conceal how old their car really is.
However, you cannot have a newer number plate code than the one allocated for that car’s date of registration.