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What are the rules for the UK number plate?

According to the UK government, the number plate on your vehicle should:
  • Plates must be made from a material that has reflective properties.
  • However, the number itself should not be reflective or removable.
  • The front side of the plate should have a white background with black characters.
  • The rear number plate must have a yellow background with black characters.
  • Background patterns or images are not allowed.
  • The number needs to follow the British standard. For instance, after September 1st, 2021, it should be written as “BS AU 145e.”
  • Lastly, the numbers fitted after 1st September 2021 must have single lettering and a uniform black shade.

Are 2D plates Road Legal?

Yes, our 2D-printed Plates are completely road-legal and comply with all British legal requirements without zero modifications. You can trust that they are standard replacements, meeting all necessary criteria.
At Plate Empire, we take pride in offering the best user experience. Our plates are 100% compliant with British standards to ensure you have a safe journey ahead. In addition, to make our road legal plate, we include the company name, postcode and BSAU code to meet legal requirements.

What do you do if your number plates are stolen?

The most important thing to do right away is to inform the authorities. This could be the DVLA or the police, but it is recommended that both be alerted. By doing so, you alert the authorities that your number plates have been stolen so they could be used in criminal activity.

What are Green EV number plates?

Green EV number plates allow you to display your electric car’s eco-friendliness proudly. These special plates debuted on British roads in December 2020 and serve as a badge of honour for environmental protection.

How many types of number plates do we have?

There are three different types of number plates we offer, listed below:

  1. Road legal: These are the most standard plates you see on the vehicles required by law to drive on public roads. 
  2. Show plates: These plates are used for exhibitions, car shows or novelty purposes and can be personalised with different designs. 
  3. Tinted show plates: These are like regular show plates but with a coloured or tinted background, giving you more personalisation options.

How many plate styles and sizes do we have for front and rear plates?

Plate Empire offers 12 unique and passionately crafted plate styles and 14 different size options, depending on your preference and vehicle type. If you need further assistance, you can call us at +44 1942 925660 or email us at sales@plateempire.co.uk

Do we have the option to add a border or a badge to our number plate?

Yes, we give you the option to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your number plate by adding a black border and badges. Plate Empire offers 7 different badge options, allowing you to customise your number plate according to your preferences.

Are gel digits legal under the new standard BS AU 145e?

Yes, as per the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, as long as the gel digits do not create 3D or highlighting effects, they are legal to use under the new standard BS AU 145e.

Are 3D/4D plates with digits, including clear or coloured parts, legal? (These are sometimes called “Krystal” or “Neon” 4D plates).

No, these plates are illegal since the digits should be solid black. Remember, BS AU 145e is an upgraded version of BS AU 145d. So, if a number plate meets the 145e standards and criteria, it also automatically fulfils the 145d criteria.

Are 3D digits legal under BS AU 145e?

Legality depends on the type of 3D digits. For example, fonts that are not coloured solid black are completely illegal on any plate after 1st September 2021, when 145e was made mandatory. On the other hand, solid black gel or acrylic digits printed on the front of a number plate are legal under 145e.

Are 3D/4D number plates legal?

Yes, most but not all types of 3D digits are legal. There are a few key exceptions:

  • Under the new law BS AU 145e, having black plastic digits on clear or coloured plastic backgrounds or 3D-effect flat digits on a number plate is illegal. 
  • A number plate with 3D gel digits having solid black, non-reflective letters on a reflective background and no pattern makes the 3D plates compliant with BS AU 145e.

What are the specific font regulations for all number plates (except motorcycles and tricycles)?

Only two fonts are considered legal: the “Charles Wright” and the two-tone 3D effect variant. The font rules are the following:

  • The characters on the plate should be 79mm tall and 50mm wide, except for the number 1 or the letter I. 
  • The stroke thickness of the character’s black print should be 14mm. 
  • There should be 11mm margins at the top, bottom, and side of the plate and a vertical space between the age identifier and random letters. 
  • Fancy fonts, coloured letters, italics or other decorative measures are also illegal. Lastly, letters must be black and non-reflective, written on a reflective background.

Document Require for Road Legal Number Plate

These documents are required by DVLA so we will need them before we can issue any road legal number plate.

We need to see your Name address and document reference number. and car registration number you have requested to be made.
We do not need your date of birth, picture or inside pages of v5.
Only two documents are required in total.

Documents to show entitlement to the registration number (ONE ONLY):
• Vehicle registration certificate (V5C)
• New keeper supplement (V5C/2)
• A Certificate of Entitlement (V750)
to the number
• A Retention Document (V778)
• A renewal reminder for vehicle tax or SORN (V11 or V11NI)
• A Temporary Registration Certificate (V379)
• A Number Plate Authorisation Certificate (V948) with an official stamp from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) or Driver
and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
• An electronic Number Plate Authorisation Certificate (eV948)
• A letter of authorisation from a fleet operator (including lease or hire company) quoting the document reference number from the V5C
• Record of insurer’s name, reference and
policy numbers (for repairs approved
by an insurance company)
• If your fleet is in the new V5C on demand scheme (also called ‘V5C suppression’), a PDF of the vehicle’s details from the view vehicle record service.

Documents to confirm your name and address (ONE ONLY):
• Driving licence, with or without a photo
(doesn’t have to be issued in the UK)
• Utility bill, Council Tax or rates bill in
Northern Ireland (from the last 6 months)
• Bank or building society statement (from
the last 6 months)
• National identity card (issued by the government of a state or territory other
than the United Kingdom).