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Number plate holders are a great accessory and in some instances can be vital for some plate owners. But with so many regulations on number plates, do number plate holders break the law at all?

In this blog, we will be providing the key answers to the question ‘Are number plate holders legal?’ In addition to critical facts, you need to know.

Bespoke Plates is a renowned and legally certified registration platemaker and installer, with options of 3D Plates, 4D Plates, Show Plates, and 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 number plate holder?

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A number plate holder is an alternative option of attaching your number plate. This method of attachment essentially provides a kind of casing over your number plate. Although the holder should be attached via screws to the bumper, it technically can be applied with sticky pads too.

The number plate holders we supply hold a range of benefits, which include…

  • It keeps your number plate straight, meaning external forces won’t bend it, which can lead to misshaping or breakage.
  • It provides an extra layer of protection around your number plate.
  • As a result of the protection it provides, it can extend the life of your numberplate.
  • The number plate does not need to be screwed into the holder, this can be vital for people who are looking to preserve the look of their number plate.
  • It does not obscure the characters on your number plate.

Can number plate holders prevent theft?

Possibly. For any thief who is unfamiliar with the mechanism that holds a number plate in a number plate holder, they may not have enough time to figure it out, and as a result, stop trying to steal your plate.

Depending on the kind of number plate holder you have, the number plate can be inserted in many ways, some of which make it more difficult to remove from the holder when it is attached to the vehicle.

Unfortunately, when it comes to number plate theft, there is no option out there can prevent a thief who is undeterred and has the best possible equipment. This not something anyone wants to hear.

Number plate theft is a serious issue which can cause a myriad of problems for the actual plate owner unless they notify the relevant authorities, immediately. That being said, there are a few methods you can employ which can reduce the chance of your number plate being stolen, they are.

  • Invest in after market security systems, some of which go off and notify you when there is a certain amount of tampering with your vehicle.
  • Try to store your vehicle in a garage, or in a well-lit space where cameras are observing.

Are number plate holders legal?

Is number plate customisation legal?

Yes, number plate holders are legally allowed to hold your number plate as you drive. That being said, if your number plate itself does not follow the legal stipulations required, you can still be stopped by the authorities.

To prevent yourself from buying a number plate holder which could be illegal, you should only buy them from certified platemakers like Bespoke Plates. As an uncertified seller, may not abide by the requirements of UK plates. Especially if the plate holder is from a different country.

What makes a plate holder illegal?

If your plate holder has any of the following issues, it can be enough to be considered illegal, or a cause to be stopped on.

  • If the number plate holder covers the number plate’s characters.
  • If the number plate holder is loose, or poorly installed.
  • The number plate holder has additional features that can be a distraction to other road users
  • The number plate holder is not attached as intended
  • The number plate holder is made from a weak material.

Rest assured, the number plate holders provided by Bespoke Plates are completely legal, and cause no issues for your number plate, whether it is customised or not. If you have any questions about our number plate holders, feel free to get in touch with us today.

Does a number plate holder have to be on the bumper?

Yes. Your number plate holder should be on the bumper of your vehicle, or wherever your vehicle is normally supposed to have its plates. Driving with your number plate in any other place than it should be can result in being stopped by the authorities and questioned.

If you’re considering upgrading or replacing your number plates, Bespoke Plates also offers the option of installation, meaning we will safely remove and securely replace your number plate. This includes if you are opting to buy a number plate holder too.

The last thing you should worry about is having a number plate/plate holder and no means to securely attach it!

Are there other ways to attach a number plate?

Yes. Aside from number plate holders, we supply two additional options which are…

  • Screws — You can screw in your number plate, this is a standard option amongst many. This option provides an extremely secure hold, granted it is screwed on correctly. You can use our screw packs to ensure the best possible attachment if using screws is your preferred choice.
  • Sticky pads — Sticky pads work like a double-sided tape, but they make use of an adhesive, which provides a more permanent hold. That being said, this can be unattached if you choose, though it requires work and patience.

Laws on number plates

As we mentioned earlier, an illegal number plate may be the reason that you are stopped from the authorities, rather than having a legally compliant number plate holder. So what are the laws for a number plate? Knowing this information can be especially helpful if you are purchasing a replacement plate, or upgrading.

The following laws relate to any number plate that is intended to use on the road. If your plate does not comply with these rules, it will be illegal.

The legal terms that a number plate must adhere to are:

  • be made from a reflective material – for road safety
  • black display characters on a white background (front plate)
  • black display characters on a yellow background (rear plate)
  • not have a background pattern – so as not to distort the readability of your plate
  • be marked to show who supplied the registration plate – to assist with thefts and sourcing queries
  • be marked with a British Standard number – this is ‘BS AU 145e’ for plates fitted after 1 September 2021
  • Characters must not be removable or reflective. If your registration plates were fitted after 1 September 2021, they must also be a single shade of black.

You can find the full list of legal requirements here.

Order a number plate holder today

Order a number plate holder today

In this blog, we have highlighted our plate options, and the information you need in order to obtain our stylish customisation options for your vehicle. We aim to have answered the question ‘Are number plate holders legal?’.

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:

Email info@bespoke-plates.co.uk

Phone 0333 006 7878

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36A Broughton Street,


M8 8NN

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