At Bespoke Plates, we enjoy creating custom number plates for our customers, because no two plates are ever the same. Every single one is unique to the owner, as it reflects their personality and design taste.
If you have clicked on this article, you may be wondering, can I design my own private plate?
Well, we will summarise everything you need to know about creating a personalised number plate, so keep reading to learn the key facts.
Why buy a private number plate?
A private number plate is a cool way to add a personal touch to your vehicle.
Here are a few reasons why private number plates are a fun, unique customisation feature of any vehicle:
- Stylish appearance: private number plates are highly fashionable, as they are sleek, sophisticated and can be customised to your preferred colours and designs.
- Increased durability: 3D and 4D plates are built to last, so they won’t fall off or become damaged after pressure washes or in adverse weather conditions.
- Highly visible numbers and letters: by law, your registration plate must be easy to read by police, vehicle inspectors and other road users. So, a personalised number plate will be more eye-catching and bolder than a normal plate, which thereby increases your safety on the road.
- Investment opportunity: private plates can sell for hundreds and even thousands, so there will always be an eager buyer who will want yours if you decide to sell it- which will give you a decent profit!
- Security for your vehicle: thieves are less likely to steal cars which have personalised number plates on them because they attract more attention and so are more recognisable.
Can I design my own private plate?
So, the big question is, can I design my own private plate?
Yes, if you are shopping for a number plate to use on the road, then you can design your plate to your preferred style. However, your number plate must abide by the rules set out by the UK government, which we will discuss in more detail below.
When creating a custom number plate, you might find that the exact combination of letters and numbers you want has already been taken by someone else. So, you should find the closest combination possible, or choose a different combination.
To purchase a personalised registration number, you can:
- Visit the DVLA website and use their search tool to find your personalised registration. Here, you can browse their selection of available number plates.
- Attend a DVLA auction, where you (and other bidders) can bid for certain number plates.
- Visit a dealer who sells private number plates.
- Read car magazines to see if anyone is advertising plates privately.
If you buy a number plate from a private seller, make sure that they have the right documentation, and check that the plate meets the legal requirements set out by UK law.
Criminals may forge their documentation and sell you an illegal number plate, so it is your responsibility to check that your number plate is legal for road use.
Designing a Number Plate with Bespoke Plates
Customers are increasingly going for our 3D and 3D number plates, as these offer a sleek, three-dimensional appearance, which gives any vehicle an instantly contemporary finish.
If you need a number plate which is road-safety compliant, then there’s no need to worry: at Bespoke Plates, all of our custom number plates are 100% legal for use on the road.
Are you looking for a decorative, promotional number plate instead? Well, our number plates are available in show form, so this option is for you!
Choosing a 4D Number Plate
At Bespoke Plates, each order can be made entirely customised to your requirements, with different finishes and depths available to choose from.
If you would like to design a 4D plate, you can choose aspects such as:
- Style – Select from 4D 3mm, 5mm, or gel letters. All are applied using a high-strength adhesive. Check out our product gallery to see how our 4D number plates look.
- Legal or Show Plate – Either a legal or a show plate. Show plates are not legal to use for daily driving, because they are for decorative or promotional purposes only.
- Plate Type – Choose if you require both sets of plates, front & rear, or one side only.
- Tinted – Add a tinted look to your plate by selecting this extra.
- Border – Choose whether or not you would like a bordered design.
- Side Badges – Choose if you would like a Union Jack or Scotland side badge.
Purchasing a Number Plate from Bespoke Plates
At Bespoke Plates, our process is very straightforward:
- Head to our website, and choose between 3D or 4D plates under the ‘build your plate’ tab.
- Enter your registration for a preview of the plate.
- Specify whether this will be a legal plate or a show plate.
- Choose your style.
- Select whether your plate will be for the front and back of your car or just one of them.
- Select your size.
- Select additional customizable options.
- Have it delivered to your home
The legal requirements for private number plates in the UK
The UK has strict laws about what your number plate should look like on your vehicle.
The V750 is the document that assigns the actual registration mark to the new owner. This document will be needed for assigning a plate and for selling in the future.
The V778 is the retention document needed to keep ownership of a private plate and to be able to use it legally on the roads. Valid for ten years, it only needs to be renewed if the plate is not currently assigned to a vehicle.
Also, your number plate must meet the following conditions:
- be made from a reflective material – for the purpose of 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 number 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
- 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.
- have 3D (raised) characters
- display certain flags, symbols and identifiers
- display a green flash, if you have a zero-emission vehicle
As you can see, the instructions are clear, encompassing both 3D and 4D number plate designs within the approved list. Further recommendations also state the British standard number should be permanently marked, non-retroreflecting, a single colour, and be no less than 3mm x 10mm in size.
If you have incorrectly displayed number plates, you could be fined up to £1,000 and your vehicle may fail its MOT test.
Read more articles like this
To learn more about choosing a personalised number plate, click here to read our blog articles and helpful pages on:
- What Are the Rules for Private Plates?
- Can You Create Your Own Number Plate DVLA?
- Do Custom Plates Raise Insurance?
- Can You Clone a Number Plate?
- Can I Drill My Number Plate?
- Are Custom Number Plates Illegal?
- How Much Is The Fine For Illegal Number Plate?
- What’s Better: 3D Or 4D Number Plate?
- The Number 1 Plate Maker in the UK: Bespoke Plates
About Bespoke Plates
As one of the established number plate makers in the UK, we at Bespoke Plates have all the options you can ask for. From 3D plates, 4D plates, standard number plates, and gel plates, we offer outstanding craftsmanship with every plate we produce.
So, what are you waiting for? Browse our options today to get the plate that speaks to you, and speaks for you, with Bespoke Plates.
- Email – email@example.com
- Phone – 0333 006 7878
- Visit in-store –36A Broughton Street, Manchester, England, M8 8NN.
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