All-new 19 plate: Everything you need to know

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Author: | Updated: 01 Mar 2019 11:09

It’s 1 March, which means only one thing for us: it’s time for a new number plate! Say goodbye to 68 and hello to 19. Any car registered after today will receive the shiny new number.

All you need to know about the 19 plate

But which number plates are banned and why? What do number plates actually mean? Fancy a personalised 19 plate? Read on for all you need to know…

The banned Brexit combinations

Dozens of new ‘19’ number plates are set to be banned in case they potentially cause offence, and this year the blacklist includes a few Brexit-related combinations that could potentially be inflammatory, according to a Freedom of Information request.

Yes, even registration plates haven’t been spared from the great Brexit debate. However, we think it’s a good job these three didn’t slip through the net at the DVLA …

Banned Brexit plates March 2019

In addition to the plates above above, others include ‘EU19 BOM’, ‘EU19 YES’, ‘EU19 NON’ and ‘EU19 WAR’ have also been ruled out.

It’s something that happens every time a new number plate is rolled out: with every new number comes a unique problem – the DVLA needs to ensure that no really offensive number plates can make it onto the road.

A spokesperson said: “The vast majority of registration numbers are made available but the Agency holds back any combinations that may cause offence, embarrassment or are in poor taste.”

Despite the relatively new task of ensuring plates that could damage UK-EU relations remain off our roads, some potentially offensive 19 plates are a lot more obvious than others…

ga19 boy

MM19 NGE

BU19 SHT

SH19 HOT

What do registration plates actually mean?    

The registration system in the UK means that plate changes occur twice per year: once at the beginning of March, and once at the beginning of September. As such, any car that is yet to be registered will come with the new 19 plate registration from 1 March.

What do number plates actually mean? (source: DVLA)

Coming into use in 2001, the current number plate system isn’t the easiest to understand, but it can be reduced to three main components:

  • Two letters – these refer to the regional office where the number was issued (full list here) and are referred to as the ‘local memory tag’;
  • Two numbers – these tell you when it was issued (see table below);
  • Three random letters – when combined with the regional office letters, these give the DVLA an almost infinite amount of registration numbers.

How old is your car?

Every year two sets of numbers are used to give newly registered cars an age identifier and some are easier to understand than other. For example, 14 is the first plate of 2014, 19 is the first of 2019. But for the September registration, an additional number is added.

Here’s a table that’ll help you identify exactly when some recently registered cars hit the road, as well as what some future number plates will look like…

Registration YearDigits
201313/63
201414/64
201515/65
201616/66
201717/67
201818/68
201919/69
202525/75
203535/85
204545/95
2050 (final year for two-digit plates)50/00

With its current system, the DVLA is unlikely to ever run out of number plate combinations, and will allow it to keep registering cars for another three decades, with the final plates being numbered 00 in September 2050.

After a personalised 19 plate?

Every year the DVLA holds certain number plates back to sell at auction.

Want to personalise your factory-fresh 2019 car? Well it’s actually possible to buy 19 plate registrations directly from the DVLA – an increasingly popular way of adding that extra personal touch.

It could cost you though – it’s little wonder than the DVLA has started holding back certain plates, with some registrations selling for more than £50,000 at auction.

If you fancy indulging a little on the perfect personal touch, here’s a link to the DVLA’s personalised registrations auction site.

Ready for a new car?

If you’re after a brand-new car with a brand-new plate, you’ve come to the right place. Start your search for the perfect lease deal or, if you can’t wait for a 19 plate, you can find in-stock deals here.

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