The 10 Most Expensive Private Number Plates Ever Sold In The UK

If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of needing a new number plate, knowing where to look is the first step. The second, and most crucial, step is knowing the price of a number plate, and what you’re getting if you pay more than the standard rate.

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘How much are 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.)

Can I drive without number plates?

No, you can not. Driving without number plates is illegal. Regardless if it’s one plate that is missing, or both. You should never attempt to drive under these circumstances. Doing so can lead to you getting points on your licence, fines, seizure of the vehicle, and even criminal charges.

The reasoning for this is that number plates act as an ID for your vehicle, once a vehicle is identified, its driver or drivers can be identified through ANPR systems.

Legal drivers must pay insurance, and get their MOT in order to drive. Because these necessities use your number plate to identify that the insurance/MOT is applied to that vehicle, you can understand why driving without one can become an issue.

What if my plates are broken or stolen?

If your plates or a plate has broken from your vehicle whilst driving, and you can’t retrieve the other pieces safely, you must contact your insurance, and/or lease provider to get the best guidance.

If you can find the piece, immediately order a replacement, and place the damaged plate on your front windscreen for the time being, (Although driving with a plate on your window can still lead to trouble with authorities). We would advise not to drive unless you are going directly to get your replacement installed.

If your plate is stolen, you must contact the authorities immediately before driving anywhere, they can provide the relevant guidance and hopefully provide some help in retrieving your plate, or catching the culprits.

Stolen plates are often used by criminals to pose as legal drivers and commit offences in that vehicle, with the resulting fined being sent to the victim whose plates were stolen.

How much are number plates?

Gel Plates vs Acrylic Plates

For a standard sized number plate, We at Bespoke Plates offer £19.50 for a single number plate. Ordering a front and backplate comes to a reduced total rate of £30.

That being said, there are multiple optional extras you can purchase that will add a premium onto the plate you order. They are…

  • 3D/4D plates
  • Adding a border
  • Tinting the plate
  • Side badges
  • Accessories including fitting kits or a number plate holder.
  • Sizing changes
  • Hex Plate option
  • Show Plate (subject to customisation that is applied).

Plate tinting, and show plates, are Not Legal for road use under any circumstances. Please be aware of this if you intend on purchasing these options. We are not responsible for any circumstances that await should you proceed to drive with illegal plates.

Where can I find legal platemakers?

The easiest way to find a legally certified number platemaker is by simply accessing the UK government gateway by clicking this link here. After entering your postcode, you can find a platemaker in your locality.

Please be mindful that prices may vary from platemaker to platemaker. Take this into consideration before opting for your choice. 

That being said, the unique and quality creations of Bespoke Plates are available to anyone, as we provide delivery options too. Not to mention installation options for those worried about installing themselves.

Head to our website today, click here.

When should I replace a number plate?

Number Plates can be upgraded at any time you wish. However, if you are looking to replace your plate with another standard number plate, here are the factors you must look out for to know that it needs to be replaced. They are…

  • A broken plate, broken meaning that it is in multiple pieces.
  • A severely bent or misshapen plate.
  • Severely faded or unreadable characters on the plate.
  • Obstructions on the plate that prevent readability.
  • Scrapes that prevent the plate from being read at all.

How to avoid number plate theft and cloning

How to fit number plates without screws

Unfortunately, There aren’t many completely full proof methods (if any) of preventing number plate theft or cloning. But there are some simple steps you can apply that can help reduce the likelihood of it happening to you.

  • Don’t post your vehicle’s plate online at all. Try to crop it from photos or blur it if possible. Although, this won’t stop criminals who see your plate in person. It reduces the likelihood of it happening.
  • Consider buying number plate protection, such as tamper resistant screws or a plate holder.
  • If possible, if you can easily remove and attach your plate, consider removing them once you are home and not driving again for the rest of the day/evening.

What is the most expensive number plate?

As of 2023, the most expensive number plate in the UK is ‘25 O’. Valued at £518.000 and owned by classic car dealer and collector, John Collins.

The value of private plates such as these generally relates to how little characters there are on the plate, or what words or inference are created by the remaining characters.

How do I order new number plates?

Bespoke Plates makes the hassle of getting yourself a brand-new number plate easy and efficient. 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.

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Why and how do people clone number plates?

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, ‘how much are 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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36A Broughton Street,


M8 8NN

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