When are the new 66 number plates out?

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Author: | Updated: 26 Jun 2019 02:13

September brings with it a whole host of changes – summer slowly turns to autumn, children advance a year at school, and new registration plates are released.

As from today (1 September) we jump from 16 to 66 plates, meaning a whole new game of ‘spot the licence plate’ can start on the road. This year is predicted to be a bumper one, as drivers will look to dodge the controversial upcoming tax changes in April 2017.

As new 66-plate cars begin attracting admiring looks on parking lots and roads around the UK, we take a look at what car registrations actually mean, as well as some plates you may see soon.

A Volvo S90 just waiting for a new 66 plate.

Check out our top five new car picks for the new 66 plate

Currently, registration plates change twice a year - at the start of March and the start of September. The current vehicle registration number format consists of:

  • Two letters (referring to the office where the number was issued)
  • Two numbers (telling you when it was issued)
  • Three random letters

So for example, if your new 66 plate read MA66 PTO then the MA would signify Manchester, 66 would represent September 2016 to March 2017 and P, T and O are random letters… that coincidentally would be telling you to ‘please turn over’ if you were reading an exam paper. Simple.

Private reg - CH11PPY

With this in mind the registration number is given to the vehicle rather than its registered keeper, but that doesn’t have to stop you from buying a new registration number from DVLA Personalised Registrations like this chap.

The new 66 plates give drivers the opportunity for a whole new series of personal combinations, prices of which start from £250 and climb dramatically from there.

Some of the 66 plates that may prove popular (and expensive) include:

bo660ff

chbbky

g066les

ju66ler

mu66les

nu66et

sha66y

Have any caught your eye? Don’t worry, you can put personalised number plates on your lease car.

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