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Here's some info on UK vehicle registrations. Things changed at the end of 2001, a new scheme came in to replace the one that had been going since the mid 60s. The jury is still out on whether it was an improvement, but it certainly gave scope to companies like The Private Plate Co. to sell you all manner of personalisations for your beloved vehicle. Below these two registration number lists are two corresponding tables to work out which area your vehicle was originally registered in.

Old Reg Numbers

Suffix Letters (ABC123A)

A Jan - Dec 1963   B Jan - Dec 1964    C Jan - Dec 1965
D Jan - Dec 1966 E Jan - Jul 1967 F Aug 1967 - Jul 1968
G Aug 1968 - Jul 1969 H Aug 1969 - Jul 1970 J Aug 1970 - Jul 1971
K Aug 1971 - Jul 1972 L Aug 1972 - Jul 1973 M Aug 1973 - Jul 1974
N Aug 1974 - Jul 1975 P Aug 1975 - Jul 1976 R Aug 1976 - Jul 1977
S Aug 1977 - Jul 1978 T Aug 1978 - Jul 1979 V Aug 1979 - Jul 1980
W Aug 1980 - Jul 1981 X Aug 1981 - Jul 1982 Y Aug 1982 - Jul 1983

Prefix Letters (A123ABC)

A Aug 1983 - Jul 1984   B Aug 1984 - Jul 1985   C Aug 1985 - Jul 1986
D Aug 1986 - Jul 1987 E Aug 1987 - Jul 1988 F Aug 1988 - Jul 1989
G Aug 1989 - Jul 1990 H Aug 1990 - Jul 1991 J Aug 1991 - Jul 1992
K Aug 1992 - Jul 1993 L Aug 1993 - Jul 1994 M Aug 1994 - Jul 1995
N Aug 1995 - Jul 1996 P Aug 1996 - Jul 1997 R Aug 1997 - Jul 1998
S Aug 1998 - Feb 1999 T Mar 1999 - Aug 1999 V Sep 1999 - Feb 2000
W Mar 2000 - Aug 2000 X Sep 2000 - Feb 2001 Y Mar 2001 - Aug 2001

New Reg Numbers

AA15ABC

02 March 2002 -
August 2002
  08 March 2008 -
August 2008
  14 March 2014 -
August 2014
52 September 2002 -
February 2003
58 September 2008 -
February 2009
64 September 2014 -
February 2015
03 March 2003 -
August 2003
09 March 2009 -
August 2009
15 March 2015 -
August 2015
53 September 2003 -
February 2004
59 September 2009 -
February 2010
65 September 2015 -
February 2016
04 March 2004 -
August 2004
10 March 2010 -
August 2010
16 March 2016 -
August 2016
54 September 2004 -
February 2005
60 September 2010 -
February 2011
66 September 2016 -
February 2017
05 March 2005 -
August 2005 
11 March 2011 -
August 2011
17 March 2017 -
August 2017
55 September 2005 -
February 2006
61 September 2011 -
February 2012
67 September 2017 -
February 2018
06 March 2006 -
August 2006
12 March 2012 -
August 2012
18 March 2018 -
August 2018
56 September 2006 -
February 2007
62 September 2012 -
February 2013
68 September 2018 -
February 2019
07 March 2007 -
August 2007
13 March 2013 -
August 2013
19 March 2019 -
August 2019
57 September 2007 -
February 2008
63 September 2013 -
February 2014
69 September 2019 -
February 2020

Old Reg Area Codes

ABC123A and A123ABC (to 2001)

Code    
A London  
AA Hampshire Bournemouth
AB Worcestershire Worcester
AC Warwickshire Coventry
AD Gloucestershire Gloucester
AE Bristol Bristol
AF Cornwall Truro
AG Ayrshire Kingston-upon-Hull
AH Norfolk Norwich
AI Meath  
AJ Yorkshire N Middlesbrough
AK Bradford Sheffield
AL Nottinghamshire Nottingham
AM Wiltshire Swindon
AN West Ham Reading
AO Cumberland Carlisle
AP Sussex E Brighton
AQ    
AR Hertfordshire Chelmsford
AS Nairn Inverness
AT Kingston-upon-Hull Kingston-upon-Hull
AU Nottingham Nottingham
AV Aberdeenshire Peterborough
AW Shropshire Shrewsbury
AX Monmouthshire Cardiff
AY Leicestershire Leicester
AZ Belfast Belfast
B Lancashire  
BA Salford Manchester
BB Newcastle-upon-Tyne Newcastle-upon-Tyne
BC Leicester Leicester
BD Northamptonshire Northampton
BE Lincolnshire (Lindsey) Lincoln
BF Staffordshire Stoke-on-Trent
BG Birkenhead Liverpool
BH Buckinghamshire Luton
BI Monaghan  
BJ Suffolk E Ipswich
BK Portsmouth Portsmouth
BL Berkshire Reading
BM Bedfordshire Luton
BN Bolton Manchester
BO Cardiff Cardiff
BP Sussex W Portsmouth
BQ    
BR Sunderland Newcastle-upon-Tyne
BS Orkney Aberdeen
BT Yorkshire E Leeds
BU Oldham Manchester
BV Blackburn Preston
BW Oxfordshire Oxford
BX Carmarthenshire Haverfordwest
BY Croydon London NW
BZ Down Belfast
C Yorkshire W
CA Denbighshire Chester
CB Blackburn Manchester
CC Caernarvonshire Bangor
CD Brighton Brighton
CE Cambridgeshire Peterborough
CF Suffolk W Reading
CG Hampshire Bournemouth
CH Derby Nottingham
CI Laois  
CJ Herefordshire Gloucester
CK Preston Preston
CL Norwich Norwich
CM Birkenhead Liverpool
CN Gateshead Newcastle-upon-Tyne
CO Plymouth Exeter
CP Halifax Huddersfield
CQ    
CR Southampton Portsmouth
CS Ayrshire Glasgow
CT Lincolnshire (Kesteven) Lincoln
CU South Shields Newcastle-upon-Tyne
CV Cornwall Truro
CW Burnley Preston
CX Huddersfield Huddersfield
CY Swansea Swansea
CZ Belfast  
D Kent  
DA Wolverhampton Birmingham
DB Stockport Manchester
DC Middlesbrough Middlesbrough
DD Gloucestershire Gloucester
DE Pembrokeshire Haverfordwest
DF Gloucestershire Gloucester
DG Gloucestershire Gloucester
DH Walsall Dudley
DI Roscommon  
DJ St Helens Liverpool
DK Rochdale Manchester
DL Isle of Wight Portsmouth
DM Flintshire Chester
DN York Leeds
DO Lincolnshire (Holland) Lincoln
DP Reading Reading
DQ    
DR Plymouth Exeter
DS Peeblesshire Glasgow
DT Doncaster Sheffield
DU Coventry Coventry
DV Devon Exeter
DW Newport (Mon) Cardiff
DX Ipswitch Ipswich
DY Hastings Brighton
DZ Antrim Belfast
E Staffordshire  
EA West Bromwich Dudley
EB Isle of Ely Peterborough
EC Westmorland Preston
ED Warrington Liverpool
EE Grimsby Lincoln
EF West Hartlepool Middlesbrough
EG Soke of Peterborough Peterborough
EH Stoke-on-Trent Stoke-on-Trent
EI Sligo  
EJ Cardiganshire Haverfordwest
EK Wigan Liverpool
EL Bournemouth Bournemouth
EM Bootle Liverpool
EN Bury Manchester
EO Barrow-in-Furness Preston
EP Montgomeryshire Swansea
EQ    
ER Cambridgeshire Peterborough
ES Perthshire Dundee
ET Rotherham Sheffield
EU Brecknockshire Bristol
EV Essex Chelmsford
EW Huntingdonshire Peterborough
EX Great Yarmouth Norwich
EY Anglesey Bangor
EZ Belfast  
F Essex  
FA Burton-on-Trent Stoke-on-Trent
FB Bath Bristol
FC Oxford Oxford
FD Dudley Dudley
FE Lincoln Lincoln
FF Merionethshire Bangor
FG Fifeshire Brighton
FH Gloucester Gloucester
FI Tipperary  
FJ Exeter Exeter
FK Worcester Dudley
FL Soke of Peterborough Peterborough
FM Chester Chester
FN Canterbury Maidstone
FO Radfordshire Gloucester
FP Rutland Leicester
FQ    
FR Blackpool Preston
FS Edinburgh Edinburgh
FT Tynemouth Newcastle-upon-Tyne
FU Lincolnshire (Lindsey) Lincoln
FV Blackpool Preston
FW Lincolnshire (Lindsey) Lincoln
FX Dorset Bournemouth
FY Southport Liverpool
FZ Belfast  
G Glasgow  
GA Glasgow Glasgow
GB Glasgow Glasgow
GC London London SW
GD Glasgow Glasgow
GE Glasgow Glasgow
GF London London SW
GG Glasgow Glasgow
GH London London SW
GI    
GJ London London SW
GK London London SW
GL Bath Truro
GM Motherwell and Wishaw Reading
GN London London SW
GO London London SW
GP London London SW
GQ    
GR Sunderland Newcastle-upon-Tyne
GS Perthshire Luton
GT London London SW
GU London London SE
GV Suffolk W Ipswich
GW London London SE
GX London London SE
GY London London SE
GZ Belfast  
H Middlesex  
HA Smethwick Dudley
HB Merthyr Tydfil Cardiff
HC Eastbourne Brighton
HD Dewsbury Huddersfield
HE Barnsley Sheffield
HF Wallasey Liverpool
HG Burnley Preston
HH Carlisle Carlisle
HI Tipperary  
HJ Southend Chelmsford
HK Essex Chelmsford
HL Wakefield Sheffield
HM East Ham London C
HN Darlington Middlesbrough
HO Hampshire Bournemouth
HP Coventry Coventry
HQ    
HR Wiltshire Swindon
HS Renfrewshire Glasgow
HT Bristol Bristol
HU Bristol Bristol
HV East Ham London C
HW Bristol Bristol
HX Middlesex London C
HY Bristol Bristol
HZ Tyrone  
IA Antrim Belfast
IB Armagh Belfast
IC Carlow  
ID Cavan  
IE Clare  
IF Cork (County)  
IG    
IH Donegal  
II    
IJ Down Belfast
IK City and County of Dublin  
IL Fermanagh Belfast
IM Galway  
IN Kerry  
IO Kildare  
IP Kilkenny  
IQ    
IR Offaly  
IS    
IT Leitrim  
IU Limerick  
IV    
IW Londonderry Belfast
IX Longford  
IY Louth  
IZ Mayo  
J Durham (County)  
JA Stockport Manchester
JB Berkshire Reading
JC Caernarvonshire Bangor
JD West Ham London C
JE Isle of Ely Peterborough
JF Leicester Leicester
JG Canterbury Maidstone
JH Hertfordshire Reading
JI Tyrone Belfast
JJ London Maidstone
JK Eastbourne Brighton
JL Lincolnshire (Holland) Lincoln
JM Westmorland Reading
JN Southend Chelmsford
JO Oxford Oxford
JP Wigan Liverpool
JQ    
JR Northumberland Newcastle-upon-Tyne
JS Ross and Cromarty Inverness
JT Dorset Bournemouth
JU Leicestershire Leicester
JV Grimsby Lincoln
JW Wolverhampton Birmingham
JX Halifax Huddersfield
JY Plymouth Exeter
JZ Down  
K Liverpool  
KA Liverpool Liverpool
KB Liverpool Liverpool
KC Liverpool Liverpool
KD Liverpool Liverpool
KE Kent Maidstone
KF Liverpool Liverpool
KG Cardiff Cardiff
KH Kingston-upon-Hull Kingston-upon-Hull
KI Waterford  
KJ Kent Maidstone
KK Kent Maidstone
KL Kent Maidstone
KM Kent Maidstone
KN Kent Maidstone
KO Kent Maidstone
KP Kent Maidstone
KQ    
KR Kent Maidstone
KS Roxburghshire Edinburgh
KT Kent Maidstone
KU Bradford Sheffield
KV Coventry Coventry
KW Bradford Sheffield
KX Buckinghamshire Luton
KY Bradford Sheffield
KZ Antrim  
L Glamorganshire  
LA London London NW
LB London London NW
LC London London NW
LD London London NW
LE London London NW
LF London London NW
LG Cheshire Chester
LH London London NW
LI Westmeath  
LJ Bournemouth Bournemouth
LK London London NW
LL London London NW
LM London London NW
LN London London NW
LO London London NW
LP London London NW
LQ    
LR London London NW
LS Selkirkshire Edinburgh
LT London London NW
LU London London NW
LV Liverpool Liverpool
LW London London NW
LX London London NW
LY London London NW
LZ Armagh  
M Cheshire  
MA Cheshire Chester
MB Cheshire Chester
MC Middlesex London NE
MD Middlesex London NE
ME Middlesex London NE
MF Middlesex London NE
MG Middlesex London NE
MH Middlesex London NE
MI Wexford  
MJ Bedfordshire Luton
MK Middlesex London NE
ML Middlesex London NE
MM Middlesex London NE
MN Isle of Man Isle of Man
MO Berkshire Reading
MP Middlesex London NE
MQ    
MR Wiltshire Swindon
MS Stirlingshire Edinburgh
MT Middlesex London NE
MU Middlesex London NE
MV Middlesex London NE
MW Wiltshire Swindon
MX Middlesex London NE
MY Middlesex London NE
MZ Belfast  
N Manchester  
NA Manchester Manchester
NB Manchester Manchester
NC Manchester Manchester
ND Manchester Manchester
NE Manchester Manchester
NF Manchester Manchester
NG Norfolk Norwich
NH Northampton Northampton
NI Wicklow  
NJ Sussex E Brighton
NK Hertfordshire Luton
NL Northumberland Newcastle-upon-Tyne
NM Bedfordshire Luton
NN Nottinghamshire Nottingham
NO Essex Chelmsford
NP Worcestershire Worcester
NQ    
NR Leicestershire Leicester
NS Sutherland Glasgow
NT Shropshire Shrewsbury
NU Derbyshire Nottingham
NV Northamptonshire Northampton
NW Leeds Leeds
NX Warwickshire Dudley
NY Glamoghanshire Cardiff
NZ Londonderry  
O Birmingham  
OA Birmingham Birmingham
OB Birmingham Birmingham
OC Birmingham Birmingham
OD Devon Exeter
OE Birmingham Birmingham
OF Birmingham Birmingham
OG Birmingham Birmingham
OH Birmingham Birmingham
OI Belfast Belfast
OJ Birmingham Birmingham
OK Birmingham Birmingham
OL Birmingham Birmingham
OM Birmingham Birmingham
ON Birmingham Birmingham
OO Essex Chelmsford
OP Birmingham Birmingham
OQ    
OR Hampshire Portsmouth
OS Wigtownshire Glasgow
OT Hampshire Portsmouth
OU Hampshire Bristol
OV Birmingham Birmingham
OW Southampton Portsmouth
OX Birmingham Birmingham
OY Croydon London NW
OZ Belfast  
P Surrey  
PA Surrey Guildford
PB Surrey Guildford
PC Surrey Guildford
PD Surrey Guildford
PE Surrey Guildford
PF Surrey Guildford
PG Surrey Guildford
PH Surrey Guildford
PI Cork  
PJ Surrey Guildford
PK Surrey Guildford
PL Surrey Guildford
PM Sussex E Guildford
PN Sussex E Brighton
PO Sussex W Portsmouth
PP Buckinghamshire Luton
PQ    
PR Dorset Bournemouth
PS Shetland Aberdeen
PT Durham (County) Newcastle-upon-Tyne
PU Essex Chelmsford
PV Ipswich Ipswich
PW Norfolk Norwich
PX Sussex W Portsmouth
PY Yorkshire N Middlesbrough
PZ Belfast  
QA London (temporary import)
QB London (temporary import)
QC London (temporary import)
QD London (temporary import)
QE London (temporary import)
QF London (temporary import)
QG London (temporary import)
QH London (temporary import)
QI    
QJ London (temporary import)
QK London (temporary import)
QL London (temporary import)
QM London (temporary import)
QN London (temporary import)
QO    
QP London (temporary import)
QQ London (temporary import)
QR    
QS London (temporary import)
QT    
QU    
QV    
QW    
QX    
QY    
QZ    
R Derbyshire  
RA Derbyshire Nottingham
RB Derbyshire Nottingham
RC Derby Nottingham
RD Reading Reading
RE Staffordshire Stoke-on-Trent
RF Staffordshire Stoke-on-Trent
RG Aberdeen Newcastle-upon-Tyne
RH Kingston-upon-Hull Kingston-upon-Hull
RI City and County of Dublin  
RJ Salford Manchester
RK Croydon London NW
RL Cornwall Truro
RM Cumberland Carlisle
RN Preston Preston
RO Hertfordshire Luton
RP Northamptonshire Northampton
RQ    
RR Nottinghamshire Nottingham
RS Aberdeen Aberdeen
RT Suffolk E Ipswich
RU Bournemouth Bournemouth
RV Portsmouth Portsmouth
RW Coventry Coventry
RX Berkshire Reading
RY Leicester Leicester
RZ Antrim  
S Edinburgh  
SA Aberdeenshire Aberdeen
SB Argyllshire Glasgow
SC Edinburgh Edinburgh
SD Ayrshire Glasgow
SE Banffshire Aberdeen
SF Edinburgh Edinburgh
SG Edinburgh Edinburgh
SH Berwickshire Edinburgh
SI    
SJ Bute Glasgow
SK Caithness Inverness
SL Clackmannanshire Dundee
SM Dumfriesshire Carlisle
SN Dunbartonshire Dundee
SO Morayshire Aberdeen
SP Fifeshire Dundee
SQ    
SR Angus Dundee
SS East Lothian Aberdeen
ST Inverness-shire Inverness
SU Kincardineshire Glasgow
SV Kinross-shire  
SW Kirkcudbrightshire Carlisle
SX West Lothian Edinburgh
SY Midlothian  
SZ Down  
T Devon  
TA Devon Exeter
TB Lancashire Liverpool
TC Lancashire Bristol
TD Lancashire Manchester
TE Lancashire Manchester
TF Lancashire Reading
TG Glamorganshire Cardiff
TH Carmarthenshire Swansea
TI Limerick
TJ Lancashire Liverpool
TK Dorset Exeter
TL Lincolnshire (Kesteven) Lincoln
TM Bedfordshire Luton
TN Newcastle-upon-Tyne Newcastle-upon-Tyne
TO Nottingham Nottingham
TP Portsmouth Portsmouth
TQ    
TR Southampton Portsmouth
TS Dundee Dundee
TT Devon Exeter
TU Cheshire Chester
TV Nottingham Nottingham
TW Essex Chelmsford
TX Glamorganshire Cardiff
TY Northumberland Newcastle-upon-Tyne
TZ Belfast  
U Leeds  
UA Leeds Leeds
UB Leeds Leeds
UC London London C
UD Oxfordshire Oxford
UE Warwickshire Dudley
UF Brighton Brighton
UG Leeds Leeds
UH Cardiff Cardiff
UI Londonderry Belfast
UJ Shropshire Shrewsbury
UK Wolverhampton Birmingham
UL London London C
UM Leeds Leeds
UN Denbighshire Exeter
UO Devon Exeter
UP Durham (County) Newcastle-upon-Tyne
UQ    
UR Hertfordshire Luton
US Glasgow Glasgow
UT Leicestershire Leicester
UU London London C
UV London London C
UW London London C
UX Shropshire Shrewsbury
UY Worcestershire Worcester
UZ Belfast  
V Lanarkshire  
VA Lanarkshire Peterborough
VB Croydon Maidstone
VC Coventry Coventry
VD Lanarkshire  
VE Cambridgeshire Peterborough
VF Norfolk Norwich
VG Norwich Norwich
VH Huddersfield Huddersfield
VI    
VJ Herefordshire Gloucester
VK Newcastle-upon-Tyne Newcastle-upon-Tyne
VL Lincoln Lincoln
VM Manchester Manchester
VN Yorkshire N Middlesbrough
VO Nottinghamshire Nottingham
VP Birmingham Birmingham
VQ    
VR Manchester Manchester
VS Greenock Luton
VT Stoke-on-Trent Stoke-on-Trent
VU Manchester Manchester
VV Northampton Northampton
VW Essex Chelmsford
VX Essex Chelmsford
VY York Leeds
VZ Tyrone  
W Sheffield  
WA Sheffield Sheffield
WB Sheffield Sheffield
WC Essex Chelmsford
WD Warwickshire Dudley
WE Sheffield Sheffield
WF Yorkshire E Sheffield
WG Stirlingshire Sheffield
WH Bolton Manchester
WI Waterford  
WJ Sheffield Sheffield
WK Coventry Coventry
WL Oxford Oxford
WM Southport Liverpool
WN Swansea Swansea
WO Monmouthshire Cardiff
WP Worcestershire Worcester
WQ    
WR Yorkshire W Leeds
WS Edinburgh Bristol
WT Yorkshire W Leeds
WU Yorkshire W Leeds
WV Wiltshire Brighton
WW Yorkshire W Leeds
WX Yorkshire W Leeds
WY Yorkshire W Leeds
WZ Belfast  
X Northumberland  
XA London  
XB London  
XC London  
XD London  
XE London  
XF London  
XG Middlesbrough  
XH London  
XI Belfast Belfast
XJ Manchester  
XK London  
XL London  
XM London  
XN London  
XO London  
XP London  
XQ    
XR London  
XS Paisley  
XT London  
XU London  
XV London  
XW London  
XX London  
XY London  
XZ Armagh  
Y Somerset  
YA Somerset Taunton
YB Somerset Taunton
YC Somerset Taunton
YD Somerset Taunton
YE London London C
YF London London C
YG Yorkshire W Leeds
YH London London C
YI City and County of Dublin  
YJ Dundee Brighton
YK London London C
YL London London C
YM London London C
YN London London C
YO London London C
YP London London C
YQ    
YR London London C
YS Glasgow Glasgow
YT London London C
YU London London C
YV London London C
YW London London C
YX London London C
YY London London C
YZ Londonderry  
Z City and County of Dublin  
ZA City and County of Dublin  
ZB Cork (County)  
ZC City and County of Dublin  
ZD City and County of Dublin  
ZE City and County of Dublin  
ZF Cork (Borough)  
ZG    
ZH City and County of Dublin  
ZI City and County of Dublin  
ZJ City and County of Dublin  
ZK Cork (County)  
ZL City and County of Dublin  
ZM Galway  
ZN Meath  
ZO City and County of Dublin  
ZP Donegal  
ZQ    
ZR Wexford  
ZS    
ZT Cork (County)  
ZU City and County of Dublin  
ZV    
ZW Kildare  
ZX Kerry  
ZY Louth  
ZZ Dublin (temporary import)

New Reg Area Codes

AA 04 ABC

1st 2nd Letter Area
A ABCDEFGHJKLMN Peterborough
A OPRSTU Norwich
A VWXY Ipswich
B A-Y Birmingham
C ABCDEFGHJKLMNO Cardiff
C PRSTUV Swansea
C WXY Bangor
D ABCDEFGHJK Chester
D LMNOPRSTUVWXY Shrewsbury
E A-Y Chelmsford
F ABCDEFGHJKLMNP Nottingham
F RSTUVWXY Lincoln
G ABCDEFGHJKLMNO Maidstone
G PRSTUVWXY Brighton
H ABCDEFGHJ Bournemouth
H KLMNOPRSTUVWXY Portsmouth
K ABCDEFGHJKL Borehamwood
K MNOPRSTUVWXY Northampton
L ABCDEFGHJ Wimbledon
L KLMNOPRST Stanmore
L UVWXY Sidcup
M A-Y Manchester
N ABCDEFGHJKLMO Newcastle
N PRSTUVWXY Stockton
O A-Y Oxford
P ABCOEFGHJKLMNPRST Preston
P UVWXY Carlisle
R A-Y Reading
S ABCDEFGHJ Glasgow
S KLMNO Edinburgh
S PRST Dundee
S UVW Aberdeen
S XY Inverness
V A-Y Worcester
W ABCDEFGHJ Exeter
W KL Truro
W MNOPRSTUVWXY Bristol
Y ABCDEFGHJKL Leeds
Y MNOPRSTUV Sheffield
Y WXY Beverley