Bespoke Number Plates: How to Get Custom Number Plates

Custom number plates are an optional customisation option for your vehicle that is relatively cheap, but also the ‘cherry on top’ of a vehicle that has had a lot of time and effort put into its customisation. Custom number plates can be bought by anybody with a vehicle. But how?

In this blog, tell you what you need to know about Bespoke number plates: How to get custom number plates.

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.)

Are custom plates legal?

Yes, custom plates can be legal as long as they follow the list of requirements provided by the UK driving authority. The options we offer at Bespoke Plates are all legal, unless of course you opt to choose a show plate.

Signs of an illegal number plate

An illegal plate can seem like it is a legal plate, especially if its characters obey the UK format. However, there are some obvious signs you can spot to know whether a vehicle’s plate is legal or not. They are…

  • A background that is neither yellow nor white.
  • The characters are not black.
  • The spacing between characters is inconsistent.
  • Sizes of the plate’s characters are inconsistent.

What’s the punishment for an illegal plate?

Punishment for driving with an illegal plate can vary, but usually result in the following…

  • Confiscation of the plate and vehicle.
  • A fine
  • Points on licence
  • Further legal repercussions depending on the circumstances at hand.

Bespoke number plates: How to get custom number plates

Bespoke number plates: How to get custom number plates

Getting your own bespoke custom number plate is relatively simple. In most cases, you can even do it from the comfort of your own home! If you opt to use Bespoke Plates, you can order a custom number plate directly from our website.

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.
  7. Confirm your order!

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

Good vs bad platemakers

In some instances, you may find yourself trying to choose between platemakers for the services they offer. However, you must be aware of the following factors. Neglecting them could mean obtaining an illegal plate.

  • Ensure your platemaker is on the list of approved platemakers in the UK.
  • A good/legal platemaker will ask to see relevant documentation for anything that isn’t a show plate.
  • Good platemakers can tell you the legalities you need to be aware of when choosing a custom plate
  • A good platemaker has the capacity to create their plates in-house. (This ensures a faster completion.
  • Good platemakers also have the capacity to install your plate for you.

The cost of a custom number plate

Depending on the manufacturer you opt to use, the price of a custom number plate will likely vary between providers and the options they offer. Bespoke Plates custom plates range from just over £30, to £90 depending on what you decide to have on the custom plate. Here is the price list of options we offer.

  • 3D number plates – From £40.00
  • 4D number plate – From £50.00
  • Hex Plate – £15.00
  • Show plate
  • Plate tinting — From £4.99 to £15.00
  • Plate size options – £6.00
  • Borders – £4.99
  • Side badges – £12.00

As long as legal specifications are not compromised, you can have more than one customisation option on your plate. However, rest assured, we are here to tell you what is legal and what isn’t. Please get in touch with us if you have any concerns with a plate you want to order.

If you opt for a show plate, you will be able to have more of these features on your plate, and in some cases, a deeper level of customisation. That being said, show plates are under no circumstances allowed to be used on public roads. They are only for decoration purposes.

Can a custom plate affect my MOT?

For those unaware, your number plate is one of the factors that are checked during an MOT. Having a number plate that is broken, insecurely attached, or inconsistent with legal stipulations will result in a failed MOT.

So with that understanding, as long as your custom plate follows legal specifications, is securely attached and not broke, it should not be a detriment in your next MOT check.

How does a number plate fail an MOT?

We briefly mentioned the factors for a number plate that make it fail an MOT. But the reason is that a loose plate can be a road hazard to other drivers and pedestrians.

An illegal or broken number plate will make the vehicle difficult to identify, meaning it would take longer to find the driver, should that driver be involved in any criminal acts.

Can a leased or rented vehicle get a custom plate?

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The likely answer is no. There may be instances in which some providers may allow it. However, this isn’t your vehicle, you do not own it. So, any choices that customise or change the vehicle must be confirmed with the vehicle’s legal owner first.

Leased and rented vehicles will return to the owner at some point, this is why they would prefer no customisation takes place, as this could wildly depreciate the value of the vehicle.

What happens if I get a custom plate for a leased/rented vehicle?

If you didn’t get the permission from the vehicle owner before obtaining and attaching the custom plate, you can expect the following repercussions…

  • A fine or legal proceedings.
  • The vehicle being returned
  • The platemaker who created the plate without authorisation could be shut down or subject to fines or legal proceedings.

Any legal platemaker will ask for the following documentation before starting any works…

  • Proof that you are the owner using either the V5C or V5CNI logbook, V5C/2 or V5C/2NI new keeper slip, or the V778 certificate.
  • A form of ID which proves your name and identity, such as your driving licence, passport, or a utility bill.

Order your custom number plate 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 shown you everything you need to know about bespoke number plates: How to get custom number plates.

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:


Phone 0333 006 7878

Visit in-store

36A Broughton Street,


M8 8NN

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