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The UK’s most expensive car registration plates

The UK’s most expensive car registration plates



  • 14 October, 2019
  • 2 min read

We conducted research into UK registration plates to find out how much they can cost and the meaning behind them. Read on if you’re looking to gain a little more insight into what your registration plate really means and take our quiz to test your knowledge on the UK’s most expensive registration plates.

The ‘make-up’ of a reg plate?

New number plates are released in the UK twice a year, in March and September. The 19-plate was released on March 1st 2019 and will apply to any new vehicle registered up until 31st August 2019.

The number 69 plates were released from the 1st September 2019 and all new cars registered in the UK will carry this until March 2020.

The first two letters of a number plate identify the location where the vehicle was registered. For example, LA – LY covers London and MA – MY covers Manchester and Merseyside.

The third and fourth digits signify the year in which the car was made and is known as the ‘age identifier.’ For example, a car made in 2019 will have '19' in its registration if it was registered in March, while if it is registered in the September plate change, it will have the same year plus 50 i.e. '69'. This is standard across all cars registered since 2001, so you can easily work out the age of a vehicle if you are looking to purchase a used car.

The last three letters of the number plate are selected at random and allocated to dealers when the vehicles are registered.

UK’s most expensive plates

Below are the top ten UK’s most expensive registration plates and just how much they cost;