UK Number Plate Conventions

The standard font which is used in standard UK number plates does not distinguish between 0 and O or, indeed 1 and I. This is intentional on the part of the DVLA since the current numbering convention was introduced in 2001.

The current UK numberplate convention - example AA07ENU - states that the:

  • first two digits are letters (eg AA) denote an area code
  • next two digits are numbers (eg 07) which indicate the age of the vehicle 
  • final three digits are letters (eg ENU) are completely random.

The two digit area code may not contain an I, Q or Z and is roughly mnemonic, the final three random letters may not contain an I or a Q.

© 2018 ParkingPal Ltd. All rights reserved.

Mastercard Maestro Delta Visa Solo

Verified Secure Payments