In 2019, and ever since September 2001, the United Kingdom has had a system of bi-yearly releases of number plates in order to highlight the year the car was manufactured. This means that new number plates have been released every 6 months in March and September, with the first plates in 2001 reading for example XX51 XXX.
Before the new system, the UK had a variety of other systems that because inadequate and the years went on and more and more vehicles were being manufactured.
This was the method used before the current number plate system and the letter that represented the year the car was manufactured was placed at the front of the number plate. For example, if your car was manufactured in 1983 then the letter A would be at the front of the number plate.
Before the letter for the year, the vehicle was manufactured was placed at the front of the number plate, it was originally placed at the back. Therefore, if your vehicle was registered in 1963 it would read XXX XXXA and for 1964, XXX XXXB.
Before 1963, number plates did not have any way of showing what age the vehicle was. There were very few laws in regard to number plates, unlike now, so the characters were comprised of local council identifiers of 3 letters and 3 random numbers such as ABC 123. The random letters were what kept each vehicle in each area unique.
When are car is newly registered it is automatically given a number plate to comply with the year and the time of year that it was registered. Often, the bi-yearly number plates are placed on general sale a few months before March and September (December and June) so that people who want to buy personalised plates can have them fitted to their new vehicle. However, you cannot place a number plate with a new registration on an old vehicle in order to make it look newer.
If you’re after a personalised number plate then use NewReg.co.uk. You can simply type in the number plate you require and they will come up with as many options similar to the plate you require. The best part is, you’ll get the best deal on a private plate and you can choose whether to pay in full or monthly in order to spread the cost.