DVLA Number Plate Legislation

A number plate must be displayed at the front and rear of motor vehicles, must be easy to read and meet the British Standard. Lettering should be black on a white plate at the front and black on yellow at the rear. The background surface should be retro-reflecting but the characters must not and spacing must be of a set size.
Number plates fitted after the 1st September 2001 must display characters that meet the following dimensions:

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

IMPORTED 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.

MOTORCYCLES AND TRICYCLES
All motorcycles and tricycles must display a number plate at the rear of the vehicle. If you have a two or three wheeled motorcycle or tricycle that has a body type of a four-wheeled vehicle, you MUST display a number plate at the front and rear. The characters may be smaller:

 Height
Width
Space between Characters
Space between Groups
44mm
10mm
30mm
64mm

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, but one-line number plates are illegal, irrespective of the date of registration.

MANDATORY CHARACTER FONT
From 1st September 2001 all new number plates must display the mandatory font:

Number plates fitted before this date need not be changed provided the font used is substantially the same as the one above. Number plates need to be replaced if they have been customised with: Stylised letters such as italics Number plate fixing bolts that alter the appearance of the letters / numbers.

THE LAW
The law states that you must not alter, rearrange or misrepresent the letters or numbers. Characters must not be moved from one group to the other (e.g A242 ABC must not be displayed as A242A BC).
Offences may result in any or all of the following:

A fine of up to £1000
The registration mark may be withdrawn
The vehicle may fail the MOT test


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