Are 4D Plates Getting Banned

4D plates are a popular and eye-catching upgrade for anyone who is after something with a little bit more flair than a standard number plate. However, although they have been legal for some time now, is there any chance that they can become illegal?

This blog will answer the question ’Are 4D plates getting banned?’

Bespoke Plates is a renowned and legally certified registration platemaker and installer, with options of 3D Plates, 4D Plates, Show Plates, regular / Electric Vehicle Plates and more. We are the one-stop shop for all things registration plates!

Whether it’s a Private Plate, Gel Plate, Standard Registration Plate or plating accessories, we have you covered.

As a certified and experienced team of plate fitters and makers, our plates are installed to the specification of UK law, provided alongside the appropriate paperwork you require. (The only exception to this is show plates.)

What is a 4D Number Plate?

What is a 4D Number Plate?

4D Number Plates are not literally 4D, as we can only see in three dimensions (3D). The name 4D Plate comes from the fact that is an altered version of a 3D Number Plate. The difference is noticeable enough for those with a keen eye.

3D Plates feature characters that protrude out from the plate, giving the characters a 3D look. 4D plates follow the same premise but have a variation style of font which is more angular and robust, in addition to other features.

In terms of functionality, 4D and 3D Number Plates (also known as Gel Plates) do not necessarily provide a unique function, they are mainly for show. However, due to the manufacturing process, Gel Plates have an additional layer of durability compared to their regular counterparts.

Is a 3D Number Plate better than a 4D Number Plate?

No, there aren’t really any features that make one stand out above the other, the decision as to which is better purely comes down to your personal preference.

Are 5D plates real?

There are number plates known as 5D number plates which are available from sellers. However, at this time, there isn’t a clear understanding of what makes them unique. There are plates of different styles that are claimed to be ‘5D’. Some have an even more extensive protrusion from the number plate. Others have product titles like ‘4D 5D Number plate’.

For a clear understanding, it is best to contact these manufacturers directly to understand the difference between alleged 5D plates, compared to 3D and 4D plates. After this, checking the government guidance on plating to see if 5D plates fall within the regulations is next, if you want to buy one.

Are 4D Plates getting banned?

Are 4D Plates getting banned?

No, as of the time of publishing, there is no indication that 4D Number Plates are in the process of being banned. Although 4D Plates are perfectly legal, there can be situations where your 4D Plate can become illegal. This would be through additional modifications that disobey the government ruling.

Despite this, when using the services of a reputable plate manufacturer such as Bespoke Plates, you can rest assured that we will inform you if the current design you want is legal.

We understand some people are only after Show Plates, whilst others are after 4D Plates that are legally useable, which is why we provide our guidance.

What are the rules for number plates?

As long as your 4D Number Plate complies with the following rules, it is completely legal. As per the legal guidance, the ruling on number plates is as follows…

The number plates on your vehicle must:

  • be made from a reflective material.
  • display black characters on a white background (front plate).
  • display black characters on a yellow background (rear plate).
  • not have a background pattern.
  • be marked to show who supplied the number plate.
  • be marked with a British Standard number – this is ‘BS AU 145e’ for plates fitted after 1 September 2021.

The characters must not be removable or reflective. If your number plates were fitted after 1 September 2021, they must also be a single shade of black.

Your number plates can also:

  • have 3D (raised) characters.
  • display certain flags, symbols and identifiers.
  • display a green flash, if you have a zero-emission vehicle.

Can a 4D Number Plate become illegal after it is installed?

If your 4D Number Plate follows all of the aforementioned legal requirements, you will not be under any repercussions whilst you use it. However, some instances can occur whilst driving that can cause your number plate to be a reason you are stopped by the authorities. They are…

  • If your number plate is obscured by excessive dirt or other materials, purposely or by accident.
  • If the plate is damaged to a point where it can’t be identified properly.
  • If the plate has broken and been repaired rather than being replaced.
  • If the plate has been attached in an unsafe manner.

Ordering a 4D Number Plate

Ordering a 4D Number Plate

By following these steps, you will also have the option to see the plate before making a decision.

Visualising how your plate can look in real-time, with the characters from your actual registration plate, saves time and makes it easy for you to know what you want before you get it. Let us walk you through the process of choosing your plate through us.

  1. Head to the Bespoke Plates website
  2. Select the plate style you want under the “Build Your Plate” tab. Alternatively, you can follow this link.
  3. Enter your registration (You can press ‘preview’ to see your registration with all the modification options you have selected.)
  4. When selecting your chosen plate, you can opt for 3D/4D options, a Hex plate, and whether you want a legal plate or a show plate.
  5. Select preferred optional accessories.
  6. Decide if you are collecting with installation, or if you want it to be delivered.

Installing through Bespoke Plates ensures the best service & secure installation for your number plate, along with guidance for any questions you may have.

Can a 4D number plate affect my MOT?

As long as your plate is under the legal specifications, and is attached securely and correctly, your MOT will not be affected. MOT checks are designed to inspect every part of the vehicle that can affect the safety of the driver, passengers, pedestrians, and other road users.

Surprisingly, number plates are also checked. This is because a number plate that has an unsecured attachment or is outside of the legal specifications has the potential to harm or affect other road users.

Who shouldn’t get 4D number plates?

Generally, 4D number plates are available to anyone who owns their vehicle or has permission from the vehicle owner to purchase and install the number plate. If your vehicle is rented or on a lease plan, it is extremely unlikely the company with ownership will allow a modification like this to take place.

Aside from this, there are not any circumstances that could prevent someone from purchasing one of the most aesthetically pleasing options out there.

Purchase 4D Number Plates today

In this blog, we have highlighted our plate options and the information you need to obtain our stylish customisation options for your vehicle. We aim to have confidently displayed everything you need to know regarding the question ‘Are 4D Plates getting banned?’

We hope that we have provided all the right answers and options for all of your plate modification needs.

Bespoke Plates has all the options you can ask for, as an approved registration vendor we can guarantee your modification abides by the DVLA rules whilst offering same-day collections and full fitting service.

To get in touch and discuss the full fitting service we offer with our plates, you can talk to one of the members of our team by:


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