What’s My Number Plate Worth?

As an established number plate maker, Bespoke Plates know how to add a unique and distinctive finish to your vehicle registration plate, further stating a level of individuality that can be the finishing touch to a vehicle you have already customised.

Bespoke Plates is a renowned and legally certified number plate maker and installer, with options of 3D Plates, 4D plates, Show plates, and regular/electric vehicle plates. We are the one-stop shop for all things number plates!

In this blog, we will be addressing the question ‘How to get a replacement number plate?’

Whether it’s a private plate, gel plate, standard number 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.)

When should you get a replacement number plate?

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Replacement number plates are necessary if your current number plate is damaged to a degree in which the characters on the plate can not be properly seen. Scratches or scuffs on your licence plate don’t mean that you have to replace your registration plate. It is only if the characters can not be properly seen.

Additionally, if your plate is damaged to a degree in which it becomes loose from the bumper, you will need to either re-attach the plate or buy a replacement. Please bare in mind a loose plate has the possibility of falling off your vehicle whilst it is in transit, causing a potentially deadly hazard to other road users.

Can my plate fail an MOT?

For those who don’t know, your licence plate is one of many factors that are assessed during an MOT, there is a possibility your car can fail its MOT if the following conditions are not met for your licence plate.

  • Its condition – must not be broken
  • secure attachment – It should not be loose or stuck on by crude methods
  • Colour – Does it adhere to the plate rulings?
  • characters correctly formed and spaced

As long as all of these conditions are met, you will pass an MOT.

Driving a vehicle with no valid MOT can lead to a £1000 fine. Driving after a failed MOT test in which your car is deemed dangerous, can result in a £2500 fine, 3 points on your licence and being banned from driving.

At Bespoke Plates, we offer installation on all of our plates, guaranteeing you will pass your MOT. Self-installation may result in you damaging the plate, or not securing correctly, which is why we offer this service to you.

What to do if your number plate is lost or stolen

Whether your licence plate is stolen or has been lost, it is paramount to contact all relative parties, including your insurer and the police (if hiring or leasing etc, you should alert the company you have hired/leased from.)

The reason you should contact these relevant parties is that if your plate has been stolen, criminals will use your plate when committing crimes in order to divert any fines etc to you. This is an example of fraud.

The sooner that authorities know that your plate is stolen, the quicker they can apprehend the criminals.

How to get a replacement number plate

Bespoke Plates is a licenced vendor for all of your plate modification needs, alongside being a seller of standard number plates and private plates.

Our standard number plates are individually available for £19.50, if you want both front and rear plates we offer a reduced rate of £30 for both.

Getting a replacement number plate is as simple as heading to our website and making your order. You also have the option to have your plate delivered to you for self-installation, alternatively, we provide professional fittings for your licence plate.

Can you get different styles of number plates?

Yes, excluding gel plates, our standard number plates contain additional options including variation in size from the traditional 20.5”, as well as Hex/Lambo style for your front and/or rear plates which carry an additional rate.

Show Plates

Show Plates are an optional plating service that we offer in which you can design a number plate entirely to your specifications. Show Plates are not legal to use on a public road and can only be used for display purposes or for use on private land. We will remind you of this should you be interested in designing a show plate.

Are you looking for alternative options for replacing your plate? We also supply gel plates, a legal & stylish upgrade to the standard number plate. Let us tell you more about them.

What is a gel plate?

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A ‘gel plate’ refers to a licence plate with slightly exaggerated characters that differ from a standard licence plate. Gel plates can come in the form of 3D, or 4D plates.

For those looking to add character, impact and a sleek appearance to their car, 3D & 4D plates have seen a surge in popularity as car modification has become common. Their popularity is not only because of their unique and bespoke look but also their increased durability.

As an approved licence vendor with years of experience, Bespoke Plates offers this sleek plate upgrade, so for those who are curious, here is a brief description of 3D & 4D gel plates.

3D plates

  • Characters placed by hand
  • Acrylic plate – polyurethane letters
  • Rounded-raised characters with a wet, gel-like look

3D plates are made from acrylic with individual raised letters. The raised letters are manufactured from polyurethane and get ‘stuck’ to the acrylic plate by hand. An aligner bar is used to guarantee perfect spacing.

The rounded and shiny gel-like appearance of 3D plates makes them a great choice if you want to add understated personalisation to your vehicle.

4D plates

  • Characters are placed by hand
  • Acrylic plate – acrylic letters (laser cut)
  • Rectangular and deep-raised characters

4D plates are also made from acrylic, but instead of polyurethane characters, they use professionally laser-cut characters made from acrylic sheets. This allows the characters to be thicker and more rectangular for a more eye-catching look.

4D plates carry a premium over 3D plates by up to 20%. The reason 4D plates cost more is that the individual characters are laser cut, or they are of the thicker gel variety. In the case of laser-cut, the characters are also made to order in-house.

The 3D and 4D plates we offer are available in several styles:

4D plate options

  • 4D 3mm
  • 4D 5mm
  • 4D Gel
  • 4D Glitter Gel
  • Carbon 4D Gel
  • Krystal 4D
  • Krystal Gel

3D plate options

  • Black
  • Carbon Brickwork
  • Carbon Galaxy
  • Glitter Gel

It’s important to note that with all these different styles, the only thing that changes is the texture and appearance of the characters.

Want to see what we mean rather than read an explanation? Head over to our website so you can view an example of your ideal gel plate. And if you like what you see, we offer same-day collections and fittings!

Order your replacement number plate today

We hope for anyone still wondering ‘How to get a replacement number plate?’ that we provided all the right answers and options for all of your plate modification needs.

Bespoke Plates have all the options you can ask for, as an approved licence 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:

Email info@bespoke-plates.co.uk

Phone 0333 006 7878

Visit in-store

36A Broughton Street,



M8 8NN

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