Prefix Style Number Plates


Prefix number plates were originally created in 1983 when all suffix registrations had been used. Prefix number plates are simply the reverse of the prior suffix format and gave the DVLA millions more possible number plate combinations at their disposal. Being the exact opposite of the suffix format, prefix plates start with a single letter (excluding I,Q & Z) to signify what year the plate was registered followed by up to three numbers ranging from 1 to 999 which is then followed by another 3 random combination of letters.

It was also once the prefix style number plate system came into place that we saw a change from new registrations being issued once a year to instead being issued twice a year. This occurred after the S series in 1998 it then changed to having the year split into two ranging from September to February and then March to August.

PrefixDates of issue
AAugust 1983 - July 1984
BAugust 1984 - July 1985
CAugust 1985 - July 1986
DAugust 1986 - July 1987
EAugust 1987 - July 1988
FAugust 1988 - July 1989
GAugust 1989 - July 1990
HAugust 1990 - July 1991
JAugust 1991 - July 1992
KAugust 1992 - July 1993
LAugust 1993 - July 1994
MAugust 1994 - July 1995
NAugust 1995 - July 1996
PAugust 1996 - July 1997
RAugust 1997 - July 1998
SAugust 1998 - February 1999
TMarch 1999 - August 1999
VSeptember 1999 - February 2000
WMarch 2000 - August 2000
XSeptember 2000 - February 2001
YMarch 2001 - August 2001

For further information on other number plate formats, please click on the following links:

Suffix Number PlatesNew Style Number PlatesDateless Number PlatesIrish Number Plates Current Style Number Plates