About Your Registration Plate

Number plates dating from 1963 to 2001 have a two letter code giving the location of first registration. The year of registration can also be worked out from the number plate, given by the last letter or “suffix” (1963-1983) or the first letter or “prefix” (1983-2001). For the majority of plates, there is one letter per year but two letters were used per year for the late 1990s.  Tables at the bottom of this page give the location codes and the year registered.

On plates from 1963-1983 the second and third letters give the location code. For example the plate below was registered in Chester, given by CA. The Y at the end shows it was registered between August 1982 and July 1983.

On plates from 1983-2001 the last two letters give the location. In this example, the car was registered in Maidstone, given by KR. The F shows that this car was registered between August 1988 and July 1989.

Location Codes

Code Location
AA Bournemouth
AB Worcester
AC Coventry
AD Gloucester
AE Bristol
AF Truro
AG Hull
AH Norwich
AI County Meath
AJ Middlesbrough
AK Sheffield
AL Nottingham
AM Swindon
AN Reading
AO Carlisle
AP Brighton
AR Chelmsford
AS Inverness
AT Hull
AU Nottingham
AV Peterborough
AW Shrewsbury
AX Cardiff
AY Leicester
AZ Belfast
BA Manchester
BB Newcastle upon Tyne
BC Leicester
BD Northampton
BE Lincoln
BF Stoke on Trent
BG Liverpool
BH Luton
BI County Monaghan
BJ Ipswich
BK Portsmouth
BL Reading
BM Luton
BN Manchester
BO Cardiff
BP Portsmouth
BR Newcastle upon Tyne
BS Aberdeen
BT Leeds
BU Manchester
BV Preston
BW Oxford
BX Haverfordwest
BY London (North West)
BZ County Down
CA Chester
CB Manchester
CC Bangor
CD Brighton
CE Peterborough
CF Reading
CG Bournemouth
CH Nottingham
CI Queens County (now County Laois)
CJ Gloucester
CK Preston
CL Norwich
CM Liverpool
CN Newcastle upon Tyne
CO Exeter
CP Huddersfield
CR Portsmouth
CS Glasgow
CT Lincoln
CU Newcastle upon Tyne
CV Truro
CW Preston
CX Huddersfield
CY Swansea
CZ Belfast
DA Birmingham
DB Manchester
DC Middlesbrough
DD Gloucester
DE Haverfordwest
DF Gloucester
DG Gloucester
DH Dudley
DI County Roscommon
DJ Liverpool
DK Manchester
DL Portsmouth
DM Chester
DN Leeds
DO Lincoln
DP Reading
DR Exeter
DS Glasgow
DT Sheffield
DU Coventry
DV Exeter
DW Cardiff
DX Ipswich
DY Brighton
DZ County Antrim
EA Dudley
EB Peterborough
EC Preston
ED Liverpool
EE Lincoln
EF Middlesbrough
EG Peterborough
EH Stoke on Trent
EI County Sligo
EJ Haverfordwest
EK Liverpool
EL Bournemouth
EM Liverpool
EN Manchester
EO Preston
EP Swansea
ER Peterborough
ES Dundee
ET Sheffield
EU Bristol
EV Chelmsford
EW Peterborough
EX Norwich
EY Bangor
EZ Belfast
FA Stoke on Trent
FB Bristol
FC Oxford
FD Dudley
FE Lincoln
FF Bangor
FG Brighton
FH Gloucester
FI County Tipperary (North Riding)
FJ Exeter
FK Dudley
FL Peterborough
FM Chester
FN Maidstone
FO Gloucester
FP Leicester
FR Preston
FS Edinburgh
FT Newcastle upon Tyne
FU Lincoln
FV Preston
FW Lincoln
FX Bournemouth
FY Liverpool
FZ Belfast
GA Glasgow
GB Glasgow
GC London (South West)
GD Glasgow
GE Glasgow
GF London (South West)
GG Glasgow
GH London (South West)
GI County Tipperary (South Riding)
GJ London (South West)
GK London (South West)
GL Truro
GM Reading
GN London (South West)
GO London (South West)
GP London (South West)
GR Newcastle upon Tyne
GS Luton
GT London (South West)
GU London (South East)
GV Ipswich
GW London (South Eas)
GX London (South East)
GY London (South East)
GZ Belfast
HA Dudley
HB Cardiff
HC Brighton
HD Huddersfield
HE Sheffield
HF Liverpool
HG Preston
HH Carlisle
HI County Tipperary (South Riding)
HJ Chelmsford
HK Chelmsford
HL Sheffield
HM London (Central)
HN Middlesbrough
HO Bournemouth
HP Coventry
HR Swindon
HS Glasgow
HT Bristol
HU Bristol
HV London (Central)
HW Bristol
HX London (Central)
HY Bristol
HZ County Tyrone
IA County Antrim
IB County Armagh
IC County Carlow
ID County Cavan
IE County Clare
IF County Cork
IH County Donegal
IJ County Down
IK County Dublin
IL County Fermanagh
IM County Galway
IN County Kerry
IO County Kildare
IP County Kilkenny
IR Kings County (now County Offaly)
IS County Mayo
IT County Leitrim
IU County Limerick
IV County Limerick
IW County Londonderry/Derry
IX County Longford
IY County Louth
IZ County Mayo
JA Manchester
JB Reading
JC Bangor
JD London (Central)
JE Peterborough
JF Leicester
JG Maidstone
JH Reading
JI County Tyrone
JJ Maidstone
JK Brighton
JL Lincoln
JM Reading
JN Chelmsford
JO Oxford
JP Liverpool
JR Newcastle upon Tyne
JS Inverness
JT Bournemouth
JU Leicester
JV Lincoln
JW Birmingham
JX Huddersfield
JY Exeter
JZ County Down
KA Liverpool
KB Liverpool
KC Liverpool
KD Liverpool
KE Maidstone
KF Liverpool
KG Cardiff
KH Hull
KI County Waterford
KJ Maidstone
KK Maidstone
KL Maidstone
KM Maidstone
KN Maidstone
KO Maidstone
KP Maidstone
KR Maidstone
KS Edinburgh
KT Maidstone
KU Sheffield
KV Coventry
KW Sheffield
KX Luton
KY Sheffield
KZ CountyAntrim
LA London (North West)
LB London (North West)
LC London (North West)
LD London (North West)
LE London (North West)
LF London (North West)
LG Chester
LH London (North West)
LI County Westmeath
LJ Bournemouth
LK London (North West)
LL London (North West)
LM London (North West)
LN London (North West)
LO London (North West)
LP London (North West)
LR London (North West)
LS Edinburgh
LT London (North West)
LU London (North West)
LV Liverpool
LW London (North West)
LX London (North West)
LY London (North West)
LZ CountyArmagh
MA Chester
MB Chester
MC London (North East)
MD London (North East)
ME London (North East)
MF London (North East)
MG London (North East)
MH London (North East)
MI County Wexford
MJ Luton
MK London (North East)
ML London (North East)
MM London (North East)
MN Isle of Man
MO Reading
MP London (North East)
MR Swindon
MS Edinburgh
MT London (North East)
MU London (North East)
MV London (North East)
MW Swindon
MX London (North East)
MY London (North East)
MZ Belfast
NA Manchester
NB Manchester
NC Manchester
ND Manchester
NE Manchester
NF Manchester
NG Norwich
NH Northampton
NI County Wicklow
NJ Brighton
NK Luton
NL Newcastle
NM Luton
NN Nottingham
NO Chelmsford
NP Worcester
NR Leicester
NS Glasgow
NT Shrewsbury
NU Nottingham
NV Northampton
NW Leeds
NX Dudley
NY Cardiff
NZ County Londonderry/Derry
OA Birmingham
OB Birmingham
OC Birmingham
OD Exeter
OE Birmingham
OF Birmingham
OG Birmingham
OH Birmingham
OI Belfast
OJ Birmingham
OK Birmingham
OL Birmingham
OM Birmingham
ON Birmingham
OO Chelmsford
OP Birmingham
OR Portsmouth
OS Glasgow
OT Portsmouth
OU Bristol
OV Birmingham
OW Portsmouth
OX Birmingham
OY London (North West)
OZ Belfast
PA Guildford
PB Guildford
PC Guildford
PD Guildford
PE Guildford
PF Guildford
PG Guildford
PH Guildford
PI Cork
PJ Guildford
PK Guildford
PL Guildford
PM Guildford
PN Brighton
PO Portsmouth ( Formerly Post Office vehicles)
PP Luton
PR Bournemouth
PS Aberdeen
PT Newcastle upon Tyne
PU Chelmsford
PV Ipswich
PW Norwich
PX Portsmouth
PY Middlesbrough
PZ Belfast
RA Nottingham
RB Nottingham
RC Nottingham
RD Reading
RE Stoke on Trent
RF Stoke on Trent
RG Newcastle
RH Hull
RI County Dublin
RJ Manchester
RK London (North West)
RL Truro
RM Carlisle
RN Preston
RO Luton
RP Northampton
RR Nottingham
RS Aberdeen
RT Ipswich
RU Bournemouth
RV Portsmouth
RW Coventry
RX Reading
RY Leicester
RZ County Antrim
SA Aberdeen
SB Glasgow
SC Edinburgh
SD Glasgow
SE Aberdeen
SF Edinburgh
SG Edinburgh
SH Edinburgh
SI County
SJ Glasgow
SK Inverness
SL Dundee
SM Carlisle
SN Dundee
SO Aberdeen
SP Dundee
SR Dundee
SS Aberdeen
ST Inverness
SU Glasgow
SW Carlisle
SX Edinburgh
SZ County Down
TA Exeter
TB Liverpool
TC Bristol
TD Manchester
TE Manchester
TF Reading
TG Cardiff
TH Swansea
TI Limerick
TJ Liverpool
TK Exeter
TL Lincoln
TM Luton
TN Newcastle upon Tyne
TO Nottingham
TP Portsmouth
TR Portsmouth
TS Dundee
TT Exeter
TU Chester
TV Nottingham
TW Chelmsford
TX Cardiff
TY Newcastle
TZ Belfast
UA Leeds
UB Leeds
UC London (Central)
UD Oxford
UE Dudley
UF Brighton
UG Leeds
UH Cardiff
UI County Londonderry/Derry
UJ Shrewsbury
UK Birmingham
UL London (Central)
UM Leeds
UN Exeter
UO Exeter
UP Newcastle upon Tyne
UR Luton
US Glasgow
UT Leicester
UU London (Central)
UV London (Central)
UW London (Central)
UX Shrewsbury
UY Worcester
UZ Belfast
VA Peterborough
VB Maidstone
VC Coventry
VD Birmingham
VE Peterborough
VF Norwich
VG Norwich
VH Huddersfield
VJ Gloucester
VK Newcastle upon Tyne
VL Lincoln
VM Manchester
VN Middlesbrough
VO Nottingham
VP Birmingham
VR Manchester
VS Glasgow
VT Stoke on Trent
VU Manchester
VV Northampton
VW Chelmsford
VX Chelmsford
VY Leeds
VZ CountyTyrone
WA Sheffield
WB Sheffield
WC Chelmsford
WD Dudley
WE Sheffield
WF Sheffield
WG Sheffield
WH Manchester
WI Waterford
WJ Sheffield
WK Coventry
WL Oxford
WM Liverpool
WN Swansea
WO Cardiff
WP Worcester
WR Leeds
WS Bristol
WT Leeds
WU Leeds
WV Brighton
WW Leeds
WX Leeds
WY Leeds
WZ Belfast
XI Belfast
XP Export to Europe
XZ County Armagh
YA Taunton
YB Taunton
YC Taunton
YD Taunton
YE London (Central)
YF London (Central)
YG Leeds
YH London (Central)
YI County Dublin
YJ Brighton
YK London (Central)
YL London (Central)
YM London (Central)
YN London (Central)
YO London (Central)
YP London (Central)
YR London (Central)
YS Glasgow
YT London (Central)
YU London (Central)
YV London (Central)
YW London (Central)
YX London (Central)
YY London (Central)
YZ County Londonderry
ZA Dublin
ZB County Cork
ZC Dublin
ZD Dublin
ZE County Dublin
ZF Cork
ZG County Dublin
ZH Dublin
ZJ Dublin
ZK County Cork
ZL County Dublin
ZM County Galway
ZN County Meath
ZO County Dublin
ZP County Donegal
ZR County Wexford
ZS County Dublin
ZT County Cork
ZU County Dublin
ZV County Dublin
ZW County Kildare
ZX County Kerry
ZY County Louth

Suffix and Prefix Letters

Suffix Prefix
A Jan ’63 to Dec ’63 A Aug ’83 to July ’84
B Jan ’64 to Dec ’64 B Aug ’84 to July ’85
C Jan ’65 to Dec ’65 C Aug ’85 to July ’86
D Jan ’66 to Dec ’66 D Aug ’86 to July ’87
E Jan ’67 to July ’67 E Aug ’87 to July ’88
F Aug ’67 to July ’68 F Aug ’88 to July ’89
G Aug ’68 to July ’69 G Aug ’89 to July ’90
H Aug ’69 to July ’70 H Aug ’90 to July ’91
J Aug ’70 to July ’71 J Aug ’91 to July ’92
K Aug ’71 to July ’72 K Aug ’92 to July ’93
L Aug ’72 to July ’73 L Aug ’93 to July ’94
M Aug ’73 to July ’74 M Aug ’94 to July ’95
N Aug ’74 to July ’75 N Aug ’95 to July ’96
P Aug ’75 to July ’76 P Aug ’96 to July ’97
R Aug ’76 to July ’77 R Aug ’97 to July ’98
S Aug ’77 to July ’78 S Aug ’98 to Feb ’99
T Aug ’78 to July ’79 T March ’99 to Aug ’99
V Aug ’79 to July ’80 V Sept ’99 to Feb 2000
W Aug ’80 to July ’81 W March 2000 to Aug 2000
X Aug ’81 to July ’82 X Sept 2000 to Feb 2001
Y Aug ’82 to July ’83 Y March 2001 to Aug 2001

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