How much is a custom number plate?

Seeing the customisation options available for your number plate may very well be enticing, but some people may be put off by the potential pricing. But what if we told you that you can actually get top quality custom plates, for affordable prices?

In this blog, we will provide the answers you need to the question ‘How much is a custom number plate?’

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.)

Custom number plates explained

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Custom number plates refer to a number plate that has been modified to make it look different. This is completely optional, that being said, some customisations can result in your plate being illegal, whilst others are within the legal remit.

Custom number plates are made by legally recognised platemakers, one of which being Bespoke Plates. We make all of our plate options in-house. That being said, here are some of the most popular options that we offer for plate customisation.

3D / 4D number plates

3D and 4D number plates are a type of number plate that affects the characters of the plate. The result is the characters appearing raised from the plate, creating a 3D aesthetic. The difference between 3D and 4D plates is essentially just the look of the characters themselves. Though the materials used for each option do vary slightly.

Both 3D and 4D options are also coated in a special resin after application of the characters. The result of adding this resin is an extra layer of durability, as well as a glossy and eye-catching finish.

Hex plate

A Hex plate is an alteration that is made to the shape of the number plate. The result is the number plate having an elongated hexagonal shape, as opposed to the regular rectangular shape.

Are custom plates legal in the UK?

There are instances in which a custom number plate can be illegal, however, if you follow the steps below, you can ensure that your number plate is legal in the UK.

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.

How much is a custom number plate?

How much is a custom number plate?

At Bespoke Plates, the cost of our custom number plates can vary between just over £30, to £90 depending on the features you choose to add. Here are the customisations 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

In some cases, you can have more than one customisation option on your plate, as long as it meets the legal specifications. If you have any concerns, we will be sure to tell you what you are allowed to have on your plate.

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.

How to find legal platemakers

If you’re considering getting a custom plate, you want a platemaker who is affordable, and not trying to up-sell you options you didn’t want in the first place. If Bespoke Plates are too far from you, we have delivery options available.

However, if you would prefer to have the plate installed but can’t drive to us, you can find a legal platemaker in your locality through the government portal.

Can I buy a replacement plate from a plate customiser?

Yes, legal platemakers such as Bespoke Plates also have the option for you to purchase a standard replacement plate with no customisations whatsoever. Whether it is for a normal car or an electric vehicle.

Why do people customise their number plates?

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Some people customise their vehicles in order to attain a performance boost, and some customise their vehicle for aesthetic purposes, this is the category a custom plate finds itself in.

For some people, they want their vehicle to be a reflection of their personality, or may even just prefer the aesthetic provided by a custom number plate, either way, a custom number plate does the job.

Can leased cars get a custom plate?

Depending on the method of attachment of the original plate, and the stipulations provided by the lease provider, you may be able to get a custom plate on a leased car. However, it is extremely unlikely. You should consult your lease provider before committing to any plate customisations.

Where to order a custom number plate?

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.

Order a 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 answered to have answered the question, ‘How much is a custom number plate?’

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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