Car Registration Years Chart

Looking to find your cars year of manufacture from the registration number?

The following tables show the year or registration for the current and previous versions of UK registration numbers.

Important notes:

Vehicles with custom plates or Q plates are not covered, as they can be any year.

The registration is the date the vehicle was first registered in the UK. It is possible for it to have been manufactured the previous year but not registered, and import vehicles may not have the correct year specific registration number.

You cannot fit or assign a number plate to a vehicle that is older than the registration identifier. For example, you would not be allowed to assign a 63 Plate to a 54 plate vehicle. You can however, change your vehicle’s registration to a newer vehicle model.

New Style Age Identifier For UK Number Plates

Current System – 2001 to 2049 (assuming it runs to the end)

Number plates in the UK are issued twice a year – between 6 month intervals, and are in the format AB51 ABD, where the numeric characters show the year.

New style registrations are also known as Millennium Registrations and these offer more insights into the information around the number plate.

The first 2 letters depict the town the vehicle was issued in and are known as memory tags. This article has a great section around memory tags.

Plate From To
51 September 2001 March 2002
02 March 2002 September 2002
52 September 2002 March 2003
03 March 2003 September 2003
53 September 2003 March 2004
04 March 2004 September 2004
54 September 2004 March 2005
05 March 2005 September 2005
55 September 2005 March 2006
06 March 2006 September 2006
56 September 2006 March 2007
07 March 2007 September 2007
57 September 2007 March 2008
08 March 2008 September 2008
58 September 2008 March 2009
09 March 2009 September 2009
59 September 2009 March 2010
10 March 2010 September 2010
60 September 2010 March 2011
11 March 2011 September 2011
61 September 2011 March 2012
12 March 2012 September 2012
62 September 2012 March 2013
13 March 2013 September 2013
63 September 2013 March 2014
14 March 2014 September 2014
64 September 2014 March 2015
15 March 2015 September 2015
65 September 2015 March 2016
16 March 2016 September 2016
66 September 2016 March 2017
17 March 2017 September 2017
67 September 2017 March 2018
18 March 2018 September 2018
68 September 2018 March 2019
19 March 2019 September 2019
69 September 2019 March 2020
20 March 2020 September 2020
70 September 2020 March 2021
21 March 2021 September 2021
71 September 2021 March 2022
22 March 2022 September 2022
72 September 2022 March 2023
23 March 2023 September 2023
73 September 2023 March 2024
24 March 2024 September 2024
74 September 2024 March 2025
25 March 2025 September 2025
75 September 2025 March 2026
26 March 2026 September 2026
76 September 2026 March 2027
27 March 2027 September 2027
77 September 2027 March 2028
28 March 2028 September 2028
78 September 2028 March 2029
29 March 2029 September 2029
79 September 2029 March 2030
30 March 2030 September 2030
80 September 2030 March 2031
31 March 2031 September 2031
81 September 2031 March 2032
32 March 2032 September 2032
82 September 2032 March 2033
33 March 2033 September 2033
83 September 2033 March 2034
34 March 2034 September 2034
84 September 2034 March 2035
35 March 2035 September 2035
85 September 2035 March 2036
36 March 2036 September 2036
86 September 2036 March 2037
37 March 2037 September 2037
87 September 2037 March 2038
38 March 2038 September 2038
88 September 2038 March 2039
39 March 2039 September 2039
89 September 2039 March 2040
40 March 2040 September 2040
90 September 2040 March 2041
41 March 2041 September 2041
91 September 2041 March 2042
42 March 2042 September 2042
92 September 2042 March 2043
43 March 2043 September 2043
93 September 2043 March 2044
44 March 2044 September 2044
94 September 2044 March 2045
45 March 2045 September 2045
95 September 2045 March 2046
46 March 2046 September 2046
96 September 2046 March 2047
47 March 2047 September 2047
97 September 2047 March 2048
48 March 2048 September 2048
98 September 2048 March 2049
49 March 2049 September 2049
99 September 2049 March 2050

Prefix Registration Plates

Prefix Type registration numbers – 1983 to 2001

Number plates are in the format ‘A21 ABC‘, with the first letter denoting the year code.

Prefix From To
A August 1983 July 1984
B August 1984 July 1985
C August 1985 July 1986
D August 1986 July 1987
E August 1987 July 1988
F August 1988 July 1989
G August 1989 July 1990
H August 1990 July 1991
J August 1991 July 1992
K August 1992 July 1993
L August 1993 July 1994
M August 1994 July 1995
N August 1995 July 1996
P August 1996 July 1997
R August 1997 July 1998
S August 1998 February 1999
T March 1999 July 1999
V August 1999 February 2000
W March 2000 July 2000
X August 2000 February 2001
Y March 2001 July 2001

Suffix Registration Plates

Suffix type registration numbers – 1963 to 1983

Number plates are in the format ‘ABC 1A‘, with the last letter designating the year code.

Suffix From To
A 1963
B 1964
C 1965
D 1966
E January 1967 July 1967
F August 1967 July 1968
G August 1968 July 1969
H August 1969 July 1970
J August 1970 July 1971
K August 1971 July 1972
L August 1972 July 1973
M August 1973 July 1974
N August 1974 July 1975
P August 1975 July 1976
R August 1976 July 1977
S August 1977 July 1978
T August 1978 July 1979
V August 1979 July 1980
W August 1980 July 1981
X August 1981 July 1982
Y August 1982 July 1983

Can I Put A New Plate On An Old Car?

Unfortunately, you cannot put a new plate on an old car.

This legislation is in place to prevent owners from making a vehicle appear newer than it is when selling a vehicle.

For example, you cannot put a personalised 21 plate onto a vehicle that was registered in 2012.

Read More

Related Information

  1. Overview
  2. Where A Vehicle Is Registered
  3. When Was A Vehicle Registered
  4. Private Registrations

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Chris Cocks
3 months ago

Hi I have a plate COX 33E and wondered if i could have it on black and silver plates ? But I’m not sure if its old enough to qualify ? Does anyone know please ?

2 months ago
Reply to  Chris Cocks

Yes, it’s fine.

2 months ago
Reply to  TheMightyImp2

The plate COX 33E uses the old suffix style which should be a 1965 plate.

The actual vehicle that it’s going on was first registered in 2018.

INF104 of the DVLA states the following:

Vehicles made before 1 January 1973 may display traditional

‘black and white’ number plates (for example, white, silver or

grey characters on a black plate). From April 2020 vehicles

manufactured before 1 January 1980 are also able to display

traditional ‘black and white’ number plates. You must:

• have applied to DVLA

• be registered within the ‘historic vehicles’ tax class

Basically OP can’t have those plates because the vehicle needs to be manufactured before 1973…. Not the date of the plate.

Noel Magee
4 months ago

What year is the UK registration 412 UXC many thanks

Scott Morris
3 months ago
Reply to  Noel Magee

That is a dateless plate, it can be put on any age of vehicle.

Laurence Harvey
5 months ago

We’re was RC 3848 re

J Grenfell
7 days ago

I have a Nissan Micra VA53 APX, what year would that be registered

Ian James
19 days ago

777DOL we own (but are unable to use, as we have emigrated). Would love to know when it was first registered and what it is worth.

2 months ago

When was registration plate SB9864 first issued

2 months ago

Trying to trace the history of my much-loved early 1960s BSA Gold Flash in blue. It was registered new in Oxfordshire and I think the letters were XWL. I’m an octogenarian and my memory is not what it was.Thank you for any help

Sheila Hardy
2 months ago

My family owned a small lorry. I think the registration reads AY9078 but it definitely reads AY?078 we are trying to date a photo from the number plate. It is circa 1908 thank you

3 months ago

How old is LJG499 please

3 months ago

Is it posible to trace a vehicle with a partial Regitration Number. I’m try to trace my old scooter.? VDU*75X Green Vespa 125. I can’t remember the whole reg number.

2 months ago
Reply to  Pete

It’s VDU 875X, but now it’s pink.
East way to check is to Google “check car tax” and then just type in VDU 875X and the detail will pop up. I checked 175 – 975 and there were 2 combinations with no matches. This could be scrapped numbers or were never issued (unlikely)

Jane Peck
4 months ago

I am trying to find out the whereabouts of a red Morgan Reg plate KLT 558D
I have worked out it was registered in 1966
Any info really welcomed

4 months ago

What year was W.3098
Around 1900

5 months ago

Ex MOd Vehicles. I have seen an mot certificate which gives date of manufacture as 1979 yet it has an A 111 ggg style number plate. How is this possible?

B Connerty
5 months ago

What year is a Morris Traveller 475 MCH or MOH please

5 months ago

Is there a way of finding out what type of car that 1 BAY was originally issued to and what cars the same registration has been on since?
It’s currently on a Jaguar

Garth Davis
4 months ago
Reply to  John

Hi John. Is 1 BAY for sale ? I’d be interested

3 months ago
Reply to  Garth Davis

Not unless you have 400K plus

5 months ago

can i put a personalised “05” plate on a 2005 ford ka?

2 months ago
Reply to  aggg

Yes, so long as the 05 plate is younger than the 05 car. (Check month carefully)

Christine Robey
6 months ago

I want to find out what happened to my dads’ old car. Her reg was WAN10G. Can you please help me. Thanks.

2 months ago

It was a Daimler and last taxed 1st June 2006. It still comes up in the “check car tax” site on Google, so maybe it’s in storage. If it was scrapped the registration wouldn’t show up at all

Dre Watts
6 months ago

I have a R plate that I want to put on a G reg vehicle. Is this allowed?

Graham Bell
6 months ago

Hi, could you tell me what HC 66 signifies ?

It was on a 1956 MG I bought in Kent. The car was shipped to Canada and the seller , Mr. Mervyn Lambourne. was able to keep the plates as the Magnette met with MOT approval.

Victor goldblatt
6 months ago

Age of car with plate BXP 350 please.

michael sowerby
7 months ago

When was a Triumph Herald 3190 PT registered

Paul Herrington
7 months ago

Years ago my dad built a car reg JAP232. Can any one give me the date please?

Mohammed Khiza
7 months ago

If a car has a 61 reg plate on but was registered in 2012, can i put a private plate on which is KH12A**

7 months ago

My car was re registered in 2006 , the original reg was 522AXF it has been sorn. Can I contact dvla to buy it back for the original car it was registered to?

2 months ago
Reply to  Ian

To move plates or put on retaining slips, the car must be taxed and more importantly MOT’d.

Also, if a car is stolen without MOT and tax, you can never get the plate back (unless you recover the car and tax and MOT it)

Andrew Hargrave
8 months ago

My first car was a triumph herald, Reg 7763 NU. What year was it. Thanks.

Andy Field
7 months ago

That registration number was issued by Derbyshire County Council some time between July 1963 and May 1964.

7 months ago
Reply to  Andy Field

Thank you.

Chloe Davis
8 months ago

Can I put a personalised reg K24 CED on a 2010 car?

8 months ago
Reply to  Chloe Davis


Ruth Jack
8 months ago

Trying to find out what make of UK vehicle had registration no. USA16L in the 1970s

Nicola Hall
9 months ago

What year was this car manufactured PE57ZPT

Nigel Buckle
8 months ago
Reply to  Nicola Hall

2007 September onwards up to March 1st 2008

Jennifer GARRARD
9 months ago

Have a Ford Fusion reg:- KY11WZO trying to find year of registration please.

10 months ago

I would like to know the yeah of this plate JRD8658

Robert Cargill
10 months ago

Can you please tell me which year my number 88RSC was first issued?

steve Rouch
11 months ago

I purchased R6 UCH about 10 years ago, but then moved abroad, without the number. — Now I want it back, but cannot trace it. How can I find it?

dean burr
11 months ago

I would like to know the yeah of this plate DUM839

Many Thanks Dean

Linda Macdonald
11 months ago

I am trying to find out which year the registration 91LM dates from

1 year ago

Where and when would BEJ 946 been registered?

11 months ago
Reply to  Djames


simon barrett
1 year ago

can anyone advise as my car reg is AE14 VPT 2014 model and i want to put number I

have brought L15XSB, and having issues with online change: i was advised that can use this L15 as not issue as not making the

car look younger can someone advise please.

Alan Brabham
1 year ago

My dad had a Morris commercial van, registration 219 FJX. Can you tell me what year it was made please?

barry brooks
1 year ago

hi my old gentry car has a reg number 345 DDT. could you tell me the year and car it came from regards

11 months ago
Reply to  barry brooks


Cannot find the car on the DVLA database.

John Shedden
1 year ago

My first car was a Ford Anglia KCM 771. When was it registered?

11 months ago
Reply to  John Shedden

1960 in Birkenhead.

Charles Clarke
1 year ago

i have a registration number on my car ORF 231F

i Purchased from the DVLA Dateless Number Plate section CSZ 199

i have just received a letter from DVLA informing me that my application is not to be allowed as you can not make a car look newer than it is.

What. any ideas on next move.



1 year ago

I have a personal plate 67 FHU. Could anyone tell me what year this dates from and what car it was on? Thanks.

11 months ago
Reply to  Pat

I cannot say what car it was originally on, but the year it was first used was 1959.

S M Pollard
1 year ago

What vehicle and what year was ABH 392 please?

11 months ago
Reply to  S M Pollard


The vehicle is not found on the database.

1 year ago

Can I put AA67 RAY on a 2015 vehicle

Kiel Morrison
1 year ago

The number plate is classed as sworn off the road, could I contact DVLA and take this on as my own?

Mr c weston
1 year ago

great information and useful information

Mr c weston
1 year ago

excellent chart and information

Philippa Anne Richings
1 year ago

I have a personalised plate with 21 in making the year 2021, can i put this on my 2012 61 plate car as the year is in the future? (Might be an obvious No but i hope you say yes)

Susan Mackrill
1 year ago

Can I put personal plate reg RS19 MAC on a 2012 vehicle.?

Faye Milham
1 year ago

What year would 4 FAY have been first registered on a motor vehicle.

11 months ago
Reply to  Faye Milham

It was originally registered in 1948.

1 year ago

I bought my first ever vehicle for £30 from a friend I’d been at school with in 1972 when I was 18yrs old. It was a Ford Anglia 5cwt van in a pleasing shade of green and was ex-Bournemouth Water Company or Bournemouth Water Works, the first registered owner. Even now, at age 66, I can remember the reg no. was 9063 RU… or was it RU 9063? I’d like to find out for sure to do a bit of back checking on its history. I think it may have been first registered around 1963-65, not sure, but have found the information on registrations from this era confusing, with talk about Councils (and therefore possibly other public bodies?) running out of letters and numbers and having to reverse sequences, a few registrations being reversed for other reasons, and so on. Is it possible to definitively find out what format the registration was actually in, either numbers first or letters first? Many thanks

11 months ago
Reply to  rikki

As RU followed by a number or numbers ran from Nov ’24 – Jul ’29, and the Anglia was not launched until ’39 at the earliest, your van must have worn 9063 RU which was issued in August 1962.

It was registered in Bournemouth CBC.