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Vehicle Registration Plates

Number plates by Advanced Radiators

Number plates

Advanced Radiators Ltd has been an established supplier of personalised number plates, private license plates and components for over 30 years. We are registered with the DVLA and only supply the highest quality products including pressed number plates.

Number plates (also known as registration or licence plates) should show your vehicle registration number correctly. You can’t rearrange letters or numbers, or alter them so that they’re hard to read. You could be fined up to £1,000 and your car will fail its MOT test if you drive with incorrectly displayed number plates.

Acrylic License Plates

Advanced Radiators registration plate services include a range of sizes and styles. We can print made-up number plates to suit all models, provide the fixings and frames and give you the correct information regarding DVLA legislation. As well as regular acrylic plates, we also can create 3D, 4D and Gel number plates.

3D, Gel & 4D registration plates

Gel and 4D registration plates display characters which have been laser cut and bonded onto the plate so that they are raised off the reflective background.

Our 3D registration plates are a flat registration plates that are printed with a 3D font.

Pressed number plates

Pressed number plates are aluminium registration plates where the numbers and letters are raised off the aluminium backing plate. They’re created with a machine that presses the plate within a pressure bar.

We offer pressed plates in the traditional yellow / white and black or in black and silver for classic cars only. (40 years old)

DVLA legislation for registration plates

The current vehicle registration number format was introduced in 2001. It consists of:

  • 2 letters (these refer to the region in the country where your vehicle was first registered)
  • 2 numbers (these tell you when it was issued)
  • 3 letters chosen at random

Your number plates should:

  • Be made from a reflective material
  • Display black characters on a white background (front plate)
  • Display black characters on a yellow background (rear plate)
  • Not have a background pattern
  • Characters on a number plate can be 3D.

The characters on a number plate need to be a certain height and size.

  • Height - 79mm
  • Width - 50mm
  • Space between Characters - 11mm
  • Space between Groups - 33mm

Motorcycle number plates

Motorcycles and motor tricycles registered on or after 1 September 2001 must only display a number plate at the rear of the vehicle. If you ride a motorbike or motor tricycle registered before 1 September 2001 you can also display a number plate at the front, but you don’t have to.Motorcycle and motor tricycle number plate numbers should be on 2 lines.

The character size may be as follows: -

  • Height - 64mm
  • Width - 44mm
  • Space between Characters - 10mm
  • Space between Groups - 30mm
  • Motorcycles registered on or after 1st September 2001 must display a two-line number plate. Motorcycles registered prior to this may display a three-line number plate. One-line number plates are illegal, irrespective of the date of registration.

Imported vehicles and Towed vehicles

Certain imported vehicles may be permitted to display number plates with smaller characters if:

  • The vehicle does not have European Community whole vehicle type approval and the vehicles construction / design cannot accommodate standard size number plates.
  • If you tow a trailer then it must display the same number plate as the car you’re towing it with. If you’re towing more than one trailer, the number plate must be fixed to the trailer at the back.

Relevant documentation

You can only get a number plate made up from a DVLA registered number plate supplier.The supplier will need to see original documents that:

Prove your name and address
Show you’re allowed to use the registration number
You can use the following to confirm your name and address:

Driving licence, Utility bill, Council Tax or rates bill from the last 6 months
Bank or building society statement from the last 6 months
National identity card

The following will confirm your name only:

  • Passport - doesn’t have to be issued in the UK
  • Bank or building society debit or credit card
  • Police warrant card
  • Armed forces identity card

You must bring one of the following to show you’re allowed to display the registration number:

  • Vehicle registration certificate (V5C or V5CNI)
  • New keeper supplement (V5C/2 or V5C/2NI)
  • Certificate of entitlement (V750 or V750NI) to the number
  • Retention document (V778)
  • A renewal reminder for vehicle tax or SORN (V11 or V11NI)
  • Temporary registration certificate (V379 or V379NI)
  • A number plate authorisation certificate (V948) with an official stamp from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) or Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
  • An electronic number plate authorisation certificate (eV948)
  • A letter of authorisation from a fleet operator (including lease or hire company) quoting the document reference number from the registration certificate
  • If your fleet is in the new V5C on demand scheme (also called ‘V5C suppression’), a PDF of the vehicle’s details from the view vehicle record service
  • If you display the Euro symbol and Great Britain (GB) national identifier on your number plate, then you won’t need a separate GB sticker when travelling within the European Union.

The Euro symbol must:

  • Be a minimum height of 98mm
  • Have a width between 40 and 50mm
  • Have a reflective blue background with 12 reflecting yellow stars at the top
  • Show the member state (GB) in reflecting white or yellow

If you want to find out more about our number plates such as pricing and processing times, give us a call on: 0191 267 331 or email us at

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different types of number plates?

In addition to regular acrylic plates, you can get 3D, 4D, pressed metal plates and gel number plates.

What is the official DVLA legislation for registration plates?

2 letters, 2 numbers and 3 letters chosen at random.

What documentation do I need to buy personalised number plates?

Proof of your name and address and proof you’re allowed to use the registration number (e.g. V5C, V5C/2, V750)

Can I be fined for driving with incorrectly displayed number plates?

You can’t rearrange letters or numbers, or alter them so that they’re hard to read. You could be fined up to £1,000 and your car will fail its MOT test if you drive with incorrectly displayed number plates.

Can I be fined for driving with incorrectly displayed number plates?

As we need to see the correct documentation, we cannot sell personalised number plates online.

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