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.

Prefix Dates of issue
A August 1983 - July 1984
B August 1984 - July 1985
C August 1985 - July 1986
D August 1986 - July 1987
E August 1987 - July 1988
F August 1988 - July 1989
G August 1989 - July 1990
H August 1990 - July 1991
J August 1991 - July 1992
K August 1992 - July 1993
L August 1993 - July 1994
M August 1994 - July 1995
N August 1995 - July 1996
P August 1996 - July 1997
R August 1997 - July 1998
S August 1998 - February 1999
T March 1999 - August 1999
V September 1999 - February 2000
W March 2000 - August 2000
X September 2000 - February 2001
Y March 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

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