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 registrations 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!)



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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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Royal Wedding Number Plate

Like his brother before him, Prince Harry, the new Duke of Sussex added the finishing touch of a personalised number plate to his modified E Type Jaguar for the short drive from Windsor Castle to Frogmore House.  Whilst he whisked his new bride in her glamourous  Stella Mccartney gown to their evening reception on a glorious late spring evening, Price Harry marked the occasion with a number plate signifying not just the type of vehicle but the very special date too:-  E 190518.


It helps when you can use the vehicle on your Grandmother’s private estate, of course, because this would be a completely illegal number plate and could not be used on the public highway.  But it just goes to show that personalised plates are coveted by everyone, no matter whether you are a Prince or a member of the public – the perfect way to mark any landmark occasion.


Congratulations to the Royal newly-weds!

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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 https://www.gov.uk/apply-online-to-replace-a-driving-licence 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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Private Plate Ideas

So, you’ve tried searching for your name, initials or special numbers, but you still can’t find your ideal private plate. What do you do? Give up? No, you let British Car Registrations guide you to alternative options you may not have thought about… after all, we have 30 years experience in the personalised registrations business.

We’ve collected some ideas of how you can choose your perfect number plate. Remember, all private registrations have to include at least one number – this means numbers will often be used to represent letters, as long as the DVLA number plate format is followed, this can be very handy when making your own personalised plate.

Autonumerology – the art of exchanging numbers for letters on plates. The table below explains this in more detail…

Cool, cheap private number plate ideas

Now we have the legal and format knowledge, lets move into the cool bit… vehicle registration ideas…

1) Your Name.

This is the most common type of private plate, but also the most coveted. Make a statement by having your name on a personalised reg.

As numbers can be used to represent letters, using the table above you can make first names or surnames… i.e. P3 TER, K4 REN and many more. Be mindful that some of the best plates have already been bought and these are difficult to find to buy. Call us on 0121 353 3333 and we can help you with searching for a full name plate and can even contact the current owner on your behalf should they have it up for sale.

2) Your Initials.

If you don’t like the idea of your full name being displayed on a number plate, why not just add your initials? By doing this, you also have the opportunity to hide the age of the vehicle and add a touch of elegance to the vehicle.

For example, try the format B1 BCR as a prefix option, or even 1 BCR and see what comes up for your special number and initials.

3) Your Profession or Company.

Do you love your job or own your own business? A personalised registration can really make your car or company van stand out… for example, LOO for a Plumber or PUB for a Landlord. We also have a range of DOC or LAW private plates for all you Doctors’ and Lawyers’.

4) Hobbies.

Do you have a hobby? This is another great way to personalise your vehicle, and also tell the rest of the world. Support a specific football team? You can now have a football-themed private reg to match your fan tattoo.

5) Match Your Personality!

Are you B16?, BO55y?HOT? We have over 50 million private plates to choose from, find one to match your personality.

6) Your Car Make/Model.

M3, A6, BMW, MER, JAG, VW, FRR and so on. Use your imagination and find a combination to suit the type of car or vehicle which will be accessorised with the new private plate.

7) Your Age, Birthday or Birth Year.

Try some searches based on the idea above… that way your personalised reg would contain some special numbers rather than a number which has no meaning to you.

If you’re thinking about getting a private reg as a milestone birthday present, incorporate 18/21/40 into the search box and see what you can find.

8) V6, V8, V12.

This can represent vehicle engine size, using this version followed by your initials doesn’t just show off the engine size, but also hides the private plate.

9) MR (M2)

Another popular, classy plate and also very cheap to find. Take a look at our MR private reg plates and see if you can find one with your name or initials.

10) MISS (M155)

M155 plates = MISS… simple. Take a look at the M155 private plates online.

11) MS (M5)

Whether you want to hide your marital status or not, this version allows you to leave another space free to add another letter or extra number. View our range of M5 private plates.

12) HI (H1)

Love saying HI to other road-users? Keep calm, put it on a plate.

13) F1.

Any F1 Fans or is your car just fast? DVLA released the F reg in 2008, so there are still a few around to buy. View our range of F-reg plates.

14) JUST (JU57)

We’ve seen some great JU57 private plates over the years, such as JU57 WED on a wedding car, JU57 JOE, JU57 VXR, JU57 MAX etc. Use your creativity and find your best plate.

15) HIS (H15)

This speaks for itself, H15 can be used at the start of a plate, followed by 3 letters, e.g. H15 BMW, H15 JAG etc.

16) VIP (V1 P**)

You have to be careful with this kind  of private number plate as you could be pulled up for illegal spacing. However, it will need to be displayed as ‘V1 P**’. See what options we have available online for these personalised plates.

17) Phonetics.

Phonetics are often underused but can be a great way to get your name on a personalised car reg. Simply put, spell the name on the plate as it sounds. For example Hugo, which is a 4 letter name can be hard to accommodate on a number plate, however, using phonetics we could have the plate H3 WGO.

18) Seasonal.

Do you live for a specific event or a love a particular season? See what you can come up with using the search function. In the meantime, look at these Halloween and Summer themed number plates.

19) Animals.

Are you a…CAT Lover, DOG Lover or just mad for PONY’s?

We also have a fantastic UNICORN plates!

20) Naughty Plates.

The name says it all, view our selection of Naughty Number Plates.

So there you have it, some ideas for personalised number plates!

Always remember that you can call us at any stage of the browsing and buying process. British Car Registrations have 30 years experience within the personalised registrations and private plate industry and are happy to help. Call us on 0121 353 3333 or if you’ve found what you’re looking for online, just follow the simple buying process.



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