How Much Does A Green Number Plate Cost?

Whenever you see an all-electric vehicle, you will see a green number plate accompanying it. But is that actually the standard? Do electric cars have to have green 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.)

Green number plates explained

Are green number plates made from acrylic?

Green number plates, also known as electric number plates, are a specific number plate that is assigned to vehicles that are all-electric. You can spot one by the green stripe that is visible on the left-hand side of the plate, whether that’s the front or rear plate.

Why is the colour green used on green number plates?

Green is the colour used for green number plates, as green itself naturally connotes the earth, nature, and safety. These are terms that are naturally attributed to environmentally sustainable practices. Hence, the saying ‘going green’.

How else can I spot an electric vehicle?

Green number plates are the obvious indicator to a vehicle being all-electric, but there are some additional signs, which include…

  • There are no exhaust pipes
  • There are no sounds coming from the vehicle’s engine as you would hear with a normal vehicle.
  • There is usually an indication in the model name of the vehicle that it is all-electric.

Do hybrid cars have a unique number plate?

It would make sense to believe that a hybrid car would have its own indicator to its eco-friendly nature, if not the same as an all-electric vehicle. However, hybrid cars have the same number plate as a non-electric vehicle.

This is due to the fact that hybrid vehicles still produce pollution, as they are only partly electric, not fully. This means they will be under the same stipulations as regular vehicles, such as purchasing fuel etc, albeit at a reduced rate due to the fact they require and use less petrol/diesel.

Do electric cars have to have green number plates?

Do electric cars have to have green number plates?

Yes. There is no circumstance in which an electric vehicle should not be using a green number plate. Green number plates are made specifically for all-electric vehicles and nothing else.

If your vehicle is being driven with no number plate, or the number plate that it wasn’t assigned, you will be subject to legal consequences. These legal consequences can be points, fines, or even bans from driving/ vehicle confiscation depending on the circumstances at play.

Are green number plates all the same?

No. Green number plates, like regular number plates, have unique identification codes that ensure they are not duplicated accidentally on to another vehicle. In terms of customisation, it is allowed to obtain legal vehicle customisation options such as Gel Plates in conjunction with your green number plate, subject to the provider.

Are there any other coloured number plates?

No. In the UK, number plates will either have a white or yellow background. Regardless of the colour, a green number plate will have a single green stripe on the side of the plate itself.

Can you customise green number plates?

What is the GB badge on a number plate?

Yes, as long as you are using the services of a legal platemaker, you can easily opt to get your green number plate legally customised, this can include…

  • 3D plates
  • 4D plates
  • Alternate plating sizes

There may be other options available in the future, so it is always best to keep an eye on the legislation should anything change.

What’s the price of a regular green number plate?

We at Bespoke Plates only charge £30 for a standard green number plate. This price will change should you require any customisation options. Other suppliers may have a more expensive or cheaper cost than us. But rest assured, our quality is second to none.

The legalities of custom registration plates

To clear up any confusion, plate modification, whether that be Hex plates, or gel plates (3D & 4D) are 100% LEGAL if you stick to the outlined rules from the DVLA.* This applies to green number plates and regular number plates alike.

*Please do your due diligence and research, some unverified registration plate providers may not be making their plates to the legal specification, which could become an inconvenience for you. Visiting Bespoke Plates is the best way to avoid this trouble.

Alternatively, using the government gateway to find licenced and approved platemakers is the best option for peace of mind and finding platemakers close to you. Enter your postcode on the government gateway website.

What are the legal requirements for a registration plate?

The legal terms that a registration 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.

Can I order a green number plate online?

Yes. Bespoke Plates makes the hassle of getting yourself a brand-new number plate easy and efficient. Whether it is a green number plate, standard, or Hex and Gel plates Here is the process.

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.

Where to order a green number plate today

Where to order a green 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 answered the question ‘Do electric cars have to have green 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

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