How Much to Replace a Broken Number Plate?

If you find yourself having to replace a broken number plate, the last thing you want to do is spend time looking for the best price, you want guaranteed quality, fast. That’s where we come in.

In this blog, we will answer the question, ‘How much to replace a broken 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 need. (The only exception to this is show plates.)

The importance of number plates

Number plates are a necessity for every vehicle. Number plates are essentially the official form of identification for a vehicle. The reason number plates must have identification is for a variety of reasons, they are…

  • Driving legally requires you to be insured for the vehicle you are driving. As there are many duplicate vehicles owned by others, having a number plate identifies if you are indeed driving the vehicle that is registered via your insurance.
  • Almost every model of vehicle has multiple duplicates owned by other road users. There may be a variation in colour, or may look the exact same, number plates are the defining individual feature for the vehicle.
  • ANPR systems, or even validating parking, requires a number plate. For the former, in some cases it can identify if your vehicle has been involved in any crime, which can serve as a deterrent for criminals.
  • Number plates serve as identification for other road users, should they require your details in the case of an accident, or other situations.

Why do people clone number plates?

Unfortunately, number plates are cloned in order for criminals to drive and commit crimes with a plate that is unlikely to be highlighted by police ANPR systems. Unless, the cloned plate is being used on a car that is not the same as the vehicle the plate was cloned from.

If successful, the result is that an innocent road user is approached by authorities, or is served papers to pay fines for violations they did not commit.

What can make a number plate break?

Number plates can break in a multitude of situations, although they are reasonably durable, with enough pressure and force, they can be broken.

Causes of this can vary from improper attachment, theft, small accidents or high velocity impacts, and driving off-road, or in environments that aren’t suitable for your vehicle to drive in.

What exactly is a broken number plate?

A broken number plate is a term used to define number plates that have extensive damage on them that results in one or both of the following…

  1. The plate is misshaped and dented to a degree where the characters are difficult or impossible to read.
  2. The plate has broken into two or more pieces.

Can you drive with one plate?

No, you must drive with two number plates on the front and rear bumper of your vehicle. If your plate has detached, you can drive with the plate visible by your front or rear windscreen, providing you are on the way to reattach your number plate.

How much to replace a broken number plate?

Bespoke number plates: How to get custom number plates

The price we offer for a standard number plate is £30. Although other providers may offer various prices, we can guarantee the level of excellence put into each of our plates is second to none.

In addition to this, our plates follow the exact specifications highlighted by UK law, unless you are ordering a show plate. Furthermore, we have options of Gel Plates, Hex Plates, and additional options.

Ordering a replacement number plate

Bespoke Plates make the process 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.

Does my plate have to break for me to get a replacement?

No. The general ruling in regard to number plating is to get a replacement immediately if your plate is broken. You should not purposely be driving with one or no number plate.

What is stronger than a standard number plate?

What is stronger than a standard number plate?

Gel Plates provide an aesthetic and nominal upgrade in durability in comparison to regular number plates.

Gel Plates come under the category of 3D & 4D Plates, these are specialised plates in which the plate’s characters are raised and provide a distinctive effect.

Are Gel Plates legal?

Yes, our plate modification options excluding Show Plates are entirely legal. Our legal options are 3D, 4D, and Hex Plates. As long as you follow the highlighted rules from the DVLA, you will be legally compliant to drive with the aforementioned modified plates.

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.

The legal requirements of number plates

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.

Bespoke Plates – Contact us

How are UK number plates different to other countries 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 to replace a broken 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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