UK Registration Plate System Explained
Grab the rabbit's foot - the DVLA is now selling personal registration plates that contain the unlucky age identifier “13”. Why tempt fate? Because 13 will grace the bumpers of all new vehicles registered from March 1st 2013 to August 31st 2013. That sounds perfect for motorists who walk under ladders for fun. The age identifier changes every March and September but the system is easier to follow than some people assume. The March tag therefore matches the year, e.g. March 2011 is 11, March 2012 is 12, March 2013 is 13. The September identifier is the year plus 50. As such, September 2011 is 61, September 2012 is 62, and September 2013 is 63. A vehicle's age identifier is preceded by two letters. The first refers to the region it was registered, e.g. A for Anglia. The second specifics the DVLA office within that region. As such, A to N represents Peterborough, O to U Norwich, and V to Y Ipswich. The final three letters – which appear after the age identifier – are allocated to dealerships. So, AB13 TVD would be a car registered in Anglia at the Peterborough Office between March 1st 2013 and August 31st.
Buying a personal registration from the DVLA is straightforward and – on occasions – surprisingly affordable. Simply visit: http://dvlaregistrations.direct.gov.uk. Then, search for your favoured combination of letters and numbers. There is no requirement to match the region/DVLA office markings to your vehicle. A plate containing AB could therefore be screwed to a car registered in, say, Dorset. But, it is illegal to make a vehicle look newer than it is. As such, an 11 registration cannot be fitted to a car from 2008. You can, however, make a car look older. As such, a 08 registration can be fitted to a car from 2011. You can also choose from old style registrations such as Prefix (A123 ABC), Suffix (ABC 123A), and Dateless (1 ABC). After the sale - the price of which includes the DVLA's £80 transfer fee - you will receive a Certificate of Entitlement which is valid for twelve months. If necessary, this can be extended for subsequent periods of twelve months for £25 per-year. Then comes the fun. Take the Certificate of Entitlement to a garage that produces plates. You will also need to provide proof of identity such as a driving licence or passport. Then, enjoy the registration and look for black cats. We all need a bit of luck.
By Stephen Turvil
Wed, 06 Feb 2013
Stephen Turvil, motoring.co.uk: 7th Feb 2013 14:38:00
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