A Guide to the 2020 Number Plate

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When do the new 2020 Number Plates come out?

The 2020 number plates will appear on the 1st March 2020, which are currently available for pre-order. The new plate 2020 from 1st March 2020 – 31 August will become the ‘20’ plate and the next registration plate to follow between 1st September – 28th February 2021 will become the ‘70’ plate.

Why wait for the 2020 Plate cars?

Some customers will prefer to wait for the new reg plates 2020 in either March or September to ensure they have a ‘brand new’ car. One of the main benefits of purchasing a new reg car 2020, is you can build to the exact specification you're looking for. However, you'll normally need to wait several months for the vehicle to arrive.

How to read a Number Plate?

Whilst making vehicles easily identifiable, this also helps understand when the car was built or registered. New registrations are changed twice a year in the UK. This system was introduced to spread car sales figures more evenly throughout the year and it has been partially successful.

The first two letters you see in the Number Plate tell you whereabouts the car was registered. For example, buying a car from Rockar, the registration plate will be a range from LA to LJ.

They will either be registered between the 1st March and 31st August and the number in the registration plate will correspond with the last two digits of the year itself. The last three letters are selected at random by the DVLA.

There is then a second registration later in the year between 1st September and 28th February and the number in the registration plate will correspond with the year of the car (as of September) plus 50 followed by the last digit of the year. Again, the last three letters are selected at random by the DVLA.

For example, a 2019 vehicle would either hold a ‘19’ or ‘69’ registration plate. The ‘19’ registration plate was registered between 1st March 2019 and 31st August 2019, and the ‘69’ registration plate between 1st September 2019 and 29th February 2020.

Why do we have Number Plates?

Way back in the 1900’s, it was issued by the Motor Car Act that all vehicles on British roads had to be registered to their owners and have registration plates attached to the car enabling them to be easily identified.