The best birthday present ever! Give a cherished number plate today!

Every year, choosing a present for your nearest and dearest gets tougher. You don’t want to end up getting them something they have already and yet want to give something they will love. It’s time for thinking out-of-the-box and what better than to give them a cherished plate to adorn their car?

It’s a fabulous gift idea as it will last a lifetime and show the world just how much they care about their motor. Even if they don’t have a car yet, if they are planning to get one – maybe after passing a driving test – then look out for cherished number plates for sale to coincide with their next birthday. Alternatively, you could pick out the perfect option from a range of cherished number plates and it could be held indefinitely on a certificate until they are ready to assign it. And if you feel that giving a piece of paper doesn’t quite have the ‘wow’ factor then get some number plates made up with the cherished number in order to give a present that delights.

How do you buy cherished plates?

Finding cherished number plates for sale is not as difficult as you may think. Once you have decided what you want on the plate, then you can start the hunt. Think of ideas such as initials, names, birthday dates or even a fun motto. Get online and go onto a website such as British Car Registrations that specialises in selling cherished number plates.

The process is easy. You don’t need any vehicle documents, so the whole thing can be a complete surprise. These are only needed once the transfer onto the car physically takes place. After the purchase is complete, you will receive a certificate showing you as the purchaser and the birthday boy or girl as the nominee.

Cool ideas for cherished plates

If you have never looked for cherished number plates for sale before, here are some hints to send you off in the right direction. Simply type into the ‘search’ box some of the numbers or letters you are looking for, such as a name, and the computer will throw up a list of what is available.

● Age – if they are coming up to a landmark age or the time when they can legally drive, then how about putting their age as part of the digits on the cherished plate? Mix in their initials or month of birth and come up with something unique.
● Kiss – if the birthday nominee is someone you are very close to, add a kiss into the mix i.e. an X. Mix in initials or name and you have something nifty. If you want to go the whole hog with the word ‘kiss’ then you need a plate with K155 as part of the make-up.
● Love – fairly obvious, this would be LUV plus maybe their date of birth or initials.
● Parents – make mum and dad’s birthday extra special by gifting a plate with MUM or DAD as part of the initials on the cherished plates.

As long as the receiver of the cherished plate is old enough to drive, you could even combine the cherished plate with a full-on driving experience. Imagine the delight on their faces when they release not only are they going to have the drive of their life but also become the lucky owner of a cherished plate.

Cherished plates that are legally compliant

When choosing the letters and numbers for your cherished number plates, don’t forget it has to be legal. When cruising through cherished plates on the site, the only cherished plates for sale will be those that comply with British law. If you have no idea what type of mix of numbers and letters you want on the cherished number plate, simply click through the assortment on the site until something appeals and seems suitable.

When you purchase your cherished plates online from British Car Registrations you will not only receive a discount but will also be able to track progress at all times, 24/7. We understand that purchasing a cherished plate is very important so we will do all possible to ensure speedy progress of your purchase.

Check out the site today and find the perfect cherished plate to make the ideal birthday gift. Put a smile on someone’s face by presenting them with a cherished plate that will add the perfect finishing touch to their auto.

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Is your private reg plate legal? Get it right and avoid a fine!

Getting a new private reg plate is exciting, particularly when you have been searching for private number plate for sale for some time. However, before you fit your new private number plate to your car, do make sure that it is legal.

In the past, unsuspecting drivers have been out on the road, enjoying showing off their new plate, only to find out that they are stopped by the police due to registration issues. With this in mind, we are going to take a look at how you can be 100% sure that you will not end up with a large fine.

Getting it right
Your number plate has to make use of correct spacing and fonts, with the same plate being shown on the front and rear of the vehicle. Motorists will be stopped by the police if their private number plates do not comply with this standard. It’s pointless telling the legal authorities that one number plate has fallen off and you didn’t notice as they will still level you with a fine.

Younger drivers seem to like the idea of running around with no front number plate as they think it looks cosmetically more appealing. However, the truth is, it will get you in trouble. If the spacing is also illegal, you can be fined up to £1000 and be hit with an MOT failure.

The standard registration format used in the UK at the current time was introduced back in 2001. When you purchase your car, the plate includes two letters that define where in the country the vehicle was registered. The two numbers tell you the year of registration and the final three letters are totally random. When you seek out private reg plates for sale, the first sets of letters and numbers can change, meaning that viewers of your car will not be able to tell the age of the vehicle.

Follow the rules
As well as this defined format, under UK law, your private reg plate must also conform to the following rules. After you have located your private number plate for sale and are ready to adorn your car with bespoke number plates, make sure that you get them made by a bona fide dealer. The private reg plate has to be:

● Made from a reflective material
● Show black characters on a white background – front plate
● Show black characters on a yellow background – rear plate
● Have a clear background with no pattern
● The characters can be 3D
● The characters have to conform with a set height and size

Taking care of your private reg plate
Once your private reg plates are fitted to your car, front and back, you have to check on them occasionally to ensure that neither are faded, cracked or broken. If they get splashed with paint or something similar so that letters or numbers are obscured, they are illegal. At this point, you need to your car number plate dealer and get a new set created. If you are going to be towing a vehicle or using a rear-mount cycle carrier, an extra rear plate will be required.

Most registration plate suppliers allow you to choose your plate style, opting for standard oblong, square or even motorcycle plates.

After all, why not have a private reg plate on your cherished bike? As long as you comply with UK law, you can add different emblems, borders and a choice of lettering options. Suppliers that are registered with DVLA as an approved supplier of legal UK car number plates give you peace of mind, knowing that your new private reg plate will be absolutely road legal.

Obtaining your private reg plates
When ordering your private registration plates, you will need to present certain documents. This will include proof of ID and proof of entitlement to the private registration mark.

When you purchase your private reg plate online from British Car Registrations you will not only receive a discount but will also be able to track progress at all times, 24/7. At the same time, we will provide you with a certificate proving legal ownership; this will allow you to get your plate physically made.

We understand that purchasing a private reg plate is very important so we will do everything possible to ensure speedy progress of your purchase.

Check out the site today and find the perfect private number plates for sale, either for yourself or to present as a stunning surprise to someone close to you. It really will add the perfect finishing touch to that auto!

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England Football Number Plates

As England get their World Cup campaign underway in Russia today you can show your support – on your number plate!!

Forget the St George’s flags flying from either side of the car, we have lots of private registration plates for sale that would look magnificent and say what the flag alone could never do.

So when you’re cheering Harry Kane and the boys let your car show your support too  “Go For England”!!:-



And for the sentimental amongst us we can always think back to that glorious win in 1966:-

Perfect for Alan Jenkins!


Perfect for Graham Smith!


Perfect for John Morris!


And for Sally Williams (you get the idea!)


No matter the private plate you require, British Car Registrations have over 50 million that you can search from – And we have private reg plates to suit all budgets.

Whether you are football crazy, a Formula one fan or are looking for someone for that special occasion we stock all plates for all occasions.

Being a DVLA registered partner means that you can buy your official DVLA reg plate with the utmost confidence.

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New Car Models for 2018

A number of vehicle manufacturers have announced new models to be released in 2018.  In addition to lots of “face-lift” models there are some new creations.  These are our hot favourites!

The most alluring and exciting release was on behalf of Aston Martin – the DB11 Volante released in May to critical acclaim.  A stunningly beautiful convertible car.  Some purists have grizzled about the canvas soft top compromising the sleek lines but it’s fairly safe to say that nobody would object to having one of these magnificent objects parked in the garage!














June sees the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid on the road.  Costing £67,000 this vehicle will deliver 88mpg and, depending on the size of tyres you select will be congestion charge exempt.

















Audi’s big brother for the popular Q7 will arrive in August.  This large vehicle will top the range of vehicles in the Audi family.







It’s a busy year for Aston Martin with the DBS Superleggera launching in September.  Replacing the Vanquish, its natural competitor will be the Ferrari 812 Superfast.  The new Aston Martin offering will offer considerably more than 600 bhp.







Finally, for our picks, the winter sees Audi introduce the variant to the new Q8 – the SQ8 will be the hybrid version of its new flagship SUV.

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DVLA Saving 40% on IT Costs

DVLA (The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency) has announced that it handled 1 billion transactions in 2017 and that 90% of those were carried-out online.  That, of course, includes cherished transfers of private plates and personalised registrations.  They collect around £6 billion in vehicle excise duty (road tax) from vehicle owners in the UK.

At the same time, DVLA deals, annually, with approximately 11 million driving licence applications a year.  So, with these volumes, it is understandable that the Agency is very motivated to get as many of their transactions on-line as they can.

By moving their IT operation in-house, DVLA has declared that it has saved £55 million in costs (40% overall). This is a simply enormous figure, of course, but it remains to be seen whether any of that £55 million reaches the pockets of beleaguered motorists who are currently suffering from extreme rises in petrol and diesel prices.


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Mr Boyle, Newry

I would certainly use British Car Registrations again.  You gave an excellent service from start to finish, as when I used you in the past.  I could not have asked for better, it was terrific, a super experience …

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Mr Parton, Walsall

Thank you to British Car Registrations for a very good service in the recent purchase of our new registration number J14 LTP. The lady I dealt with was very enthusiastic and extremely helpful and I was very satisfied overall.

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New Releases

We are happy to accept advance orders for registrations that are being released in advance of new car registrations coming into being; it is a service we have been successfully providing to our very satisfied clients for many years.  Whilst we cannot absolutely guarantee success every time it is true to say that we have very rarely failed to acquire a specific registration for a client who has placed an order prior to the release date (and, of course, we offer a full refund if we should be unsuccessful).  For a price on a currently un-released registration please call our sales team on 0121 353 3333.


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Replacement Driving Licence

You must replace your Photocard Driving Licence if it is lost, stolen or defaced. You can do this in three ways – by phone, online or by post. Remember, you no longer needed the paper counterpart of the driving licence from 8 June 2015.


If none of your details have changed, this can be replaced over the telephone. A fee of £20 will be applicable and will be paid by credit or debit card. Call DVLA on 0300 790 6801 (Monday to Friday 8.00am to 7.00pm; Saturday 8.00am to 2.00pm).


Visit and follow the online steps to receive a replacement.


If your licence has been lost, stolen or the details have been changed, you will need to complete a D1 Application for a Driving Licence form. You can get this from the Post Office.

When you send the form, please ensure you include all the correct documents and send them, along with the fee of £20 to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AB.

Renewing a Photo on a Photocard Licence

You are able to renew your photo on your photocard driving licence at anytime. Also, it is also worth remembering that a photo on a photocard driving licence has an expiry date. The expiry date can be found on the front of the licence. You will be required to update your photo before the expiry date passes.

You can learn more about renewing the photo on your licence and apply online via DVLA’s website.

Finding Your Previous Lost Licence

If you find a licence which you had replaced, return the latest one back to the DVLA and explain what happened.

Receiving your New Licence

It is advised to wait 3 weeks before contacting the DVLA regarding your licence.

Driving without the Physical Licence

It is ok to drive/ride your vehicle if you are waiting for a new licence to arrive. The following conditions are acceptable:

  • Not disqualified from driving
  • Not been – or will be – refused a licence for medical reasons

Last updated October 2017.


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Private Plates for Beginners

A handy guide when you don’t know where to start.


A good starting point would be price.

If you’re looking for a relatively cheap private plate, we would suggest searching for your initials within the Prefix number plates. Remember, you can’t add a reg number to your vehicle if it makes it appear newer than it is. Our Prefix DVLA private plate numbers will filter out the unsuitable ones based on the age of the vehicle.

Our website is designed to give you a number of options, and if you are on a budget, we offer a range of Finance Plans to ensure you’re really happy with the numberplate you choose. At British Car Registrations, we treat our customers in the same way, regardless of how much they’re spending. This is where we price ourselves on excellent customer service and value.

Some of the cheapest private plates are number plates originally issued in Northern Ireland, which start from £59 online. Please see our Bargain Basement next to the search box at the top of the home page.

If you have slightly more to spend, then use our database to search for names, initials, numbers represented as Cherished Plates – usually in a format which has no year indicator.

Start your Search

Start your search for your private registration with us. You can either search online or call our team of friendly experts who will guide you through the process. You can also do both! To put your mind at rest, we have more than 30 years experience within the DVLA private number plates industry, we were awarded the coveted ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 9002, which adds another stamp of authority onto our business.

View our range of private, personalised, cherished number plates online. Have a play with the search function and see what comes up!

Want to sell your number plate?

If you’ve already got a private registration and you’re not sure on its value, then try our free no obligation facility to enquire (see SELL at the top of the home page). Should you decide that you definitely do wish to sell it, we will handle the whole process for you, complete with handling all documents to and from the DVLA. To receive a number plate valuation, it only takes a few minutes. We can also take your valuations details over the telephone; call us on 0121 355 6777. If you would  like us to sell it for you, we have opportunities to advertise your personalised car registration plate on our website, within our Showroom and within the national papers. Why not give someone else the joy of having your plate?

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