Personalised car registrations can be described in a variety of different ways – personalised plates, private number plates and cherished number plates to name but a few! In ‘politically correct’ Britain a car registration number is the combination of numbers and letters that is assigned to your vehicle so that it has a unique identity. On the road this sequence is displayed on the number plates which are now made from an acrylic (plastic) material and firmly fixed to your vehicle.

Car registrations have been issued to vehicles since 1903 in carefully planned sequences or series.The Motor Car Act 1903, which came into force on 1 January 1904, required all vehicles to be registered with the authorities, and to carry number plates. The act was passed in order that vehicles could be easily traced in the event of an accident or contravention of the law. Car plates are rectangular or square in shape, with the exact permitted dimensions of the plate and its lettering set down in law.
When all the available combinations in each series were allocated, then a new series was issued and the Government soon realised that it would also be useful if the series gave some indication of the age of the vehicle. Our records thus tell us where and when a plate was issued and what combinations exist from which you can select your private plates.

Starting with A1 and moving up through the sequences to YYY 999 it became necessary to add a letter to the end of the number plates in 1963. This letter became the significant ‘year indicator’ and the plates were called suffix car registrations to describe this. Thus in this year the new series began with AAA 1A.Each year gave rise to the next letter of the alphabet although the letters IOUQ and Z were never issued to avoid them being mistaken for numbers or other letters which looked similar.

By 1983 this series was used up and so the ‘year indicator’ and numbers were moved to the beginning of the plates to start the prefix car registrations series, starting with A1 AAA.

By September 2001 it was necessary to begin the latest ‘current-style’ car registrations series which effectively stopped the use of letters to indicate a vehicle’s age. Nowadays the new number plates begin with a two letter area indicator code followed by a two digit number indicating the age of the vehicle, followed by a three letter combination made up of random letters. TT53 FAB is an example of a current style car registration.

We have sellers of all the types of registration marks mentioned above. To start searching now just use the "Find Number Plates" link at the top of this page.


VRM Swansea coordinates the entire transfer of your personalised registration with DVLA * Swansea and local DVLA * Local Offices in the United Kingdom & Northern Ireland when you opt for our Full Transfer or Sale Service. Our expert team will provide you with instruction and telephone support if you choose our less expensive DIY Transfer Service. An online 'Purchase Offer' supported by suitable payment card takes priority over any other enquiry. VRM Swansea sell number plates owned by clients, government stock and our own stock on a 'first come, first served basis'. All registrations offered for sale are subject to availability and payment is taken only once availability and price are confirmed**. Our systems record telephone conversations and the date and time of all communication. We shall debit your payment card if your offer is accepted and provide confirmation either way**. Under the distance selling regulations we must inform you that our service begins immediately upon payment being taken, that no cooling off period or refunds are given and you will not be able to change your mind. Your instructions will be acted upon immediately and the assignment /transfer process started to ensure your choice is not sold by us to anyone else. This is a Government process which the Government will not cancel or change once they receive our instructions. Please be absolutely sure about your selected number plate before placing your order.

**In the case of pre-release new-issue offers we will take payment prior to the registration mark series release date in order to confirm your desire to proceed and ensure we do not offer the registration mark you have chosen to anyone else.If for any reason your offer is not accepted by the Secretary of State for Transport on the release date, then you will receive a full refund by the payment method you have used to make your offer. The Secretary of State's decision to accept or reject your offer is final and we cannot be held responsible for it, in any way. If your offer is rejected then you may choose another registration subject to sufficient funds being pre-lodged with us.

Personal and personalised registrations shown within are subject to transfer fees,vat. & availability                       


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