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With the new 65 REG just launched and the car market growing for its 42nd month in a row, many of you may be asking what that really means. Panic not as GWA have the info to get you up to speed.

The current number plate system in Great Britain has been around since September 2001. This includes England, Scotland and Wales.

British number plates are arranged in the format of two letters, followed by two numbers, followed by three letters for example NU 65 REG.

The first two letters are an area code, which refer to the DVLA office where the car was originally registered.

The two numbers are an age identifier, which tells you in which 6-month period the car was first registered.

The last three letters are random.

The numbers change every 6 months, in March and September.  The March codes are easy to remember as they follow the year of registration. So a car registered in March – August 2015 had the number 15.  For cars registered in September – February, the code is the year (as of September) plus 50.  So a car registered now will have the number 65 (=15 + 50).

This system is expected to run until the end of February 2051.

When you change cars, you are allowed to keep your number plate.  It simply involves sending the DVLA the current fee and the relevant paperwork.

It is illegal to use different fonts or space the letters in any way, despite the fact that thousands of car owners do it.  It is also illegal to alter the digits or strategically use mounting screws to make the plates look like they read something different.

So keep your eyes peeled for the new 65 REG on the roads.

For information on the best 65 REG deals call us on 01243 510 650 or email sales@gwacars.com.


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