Suffix Number Plates


Suffix number plates were originally introduced in 1963 as a result of the need to expand the number of possible number plate combinations that could be issued to vehicles. As the dateless system was beginning to come to an end the decision was made to add a letter the end of the registration as not only would this drastically increase the number of potential combinations and also that the character could be used to identify the registration year of the vehicle.

Suffix plates consist of a combinations or three letters combined with a number ranging from 1 to 999 followed by another letter (excluding I,Q & Z) which identifies the year the plate was registered.

SuffixDates of issue
AJanuary 1963 - December 1963
BJanuary 1964 - December 1964
CJanuary 1965 - December 1965
DJanuary 1966 - December 1966
EJanuary 1967 - July 1967
FAugust 1967 - July 1968
GAugust 1968 - July 1969
HAugust 1969 - July 1970
JAugust 1970 - July 1971
KAugust 1971 - July 1972
LAugust 1972 - July 1973
MAugust 1973 - July 1974
NAugust 1974 - July 1975
PAugust 1975 - July 1976
RAugust 1976 - July 1977
SAugust 1977 - July 1978
TAugust 1978 - July 1979
VAugust 1979 - July 1980
WAugust 1980 - July 1981
XAugust 1981 - July 1982
YAugust 1982 - July 1983

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

Prefix Number Plates | New Style Number Plates | Dateless Number Plates | Irish Number Plates Current Style Number Plates