What Are Acrylic Number Plates

Whether you are looking to upgrade your number plate, or have seen different looking number plates that have made you curious. Having a number plate that reflects your style is one of many ways to make your vehicle that bit more unique to you.

Or maybe you’ve already been looking, and the terminology used confuses you. Well not to worry, we will be addressing everything you need to know, starting with acrylic number plates.

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘What are acrylic 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.)

What is the reason number plates are used?

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Number plates are used on every vehicle to provide it with a form of legal identification. This allows the vehicle to have its information available to new owners or the authorities. A number plate also helps to prove whether a driver is insured to drive the vehicle, and in turn be used to identify the vehicle owner and insurance holders if required.

Additionally, there are many vehicles of the same model and colour on the road, so having an easy way to differentiate them can prove useful in everyday situations, and the more serious situations.

Can I drive with one number plate?

No. Under no circumstances should you drive with one number plate. If you are caught doing this on purpose, it can result in fines, and further legal consequences. Two number plates are required so the vehicles or pedestrians ahead of you can identify your vehicle, including the pedestrians and vehicles behind you.

What are acrylic number plates?

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Acrylic number plates refers to the material used to a make a vast majority of standard, modern number plates. Additionally, 3D and 4D gel plates are also made from acrylic. Acrylic is a form of plastic.

Acrylic is the standard material for number plates for these reasons…

  • Weather resistance.
  • Fairly resistant to impacts.
  • Can be resistant to bending.
  • Can be cheaper than most other options.
  • Easier to shape with machinery.
  • Lightweight

As we briefly mentioned, acrylic plates can also come in the form of 3D and 4D gel number plates, but what exactly is the difference?

Your standard acrylic number plate will have its characters printed onto the plate. Whereas a 3D or 4D number plate will have its characters placed on by hand, resulting in the characters protruding from the plate, resulting in the three-dimensional look.

The difference between 3D and 4D plates is the style of characters look different. With 4D number plates having a more rectangular look to them. Additionally, 4D plates are made from acrylic sheets, whereas 3D plates are made from polyurethane.

Can number plates be made from different materials?

Up until 1975, number plates were made with pressed aluminium. Evidence of this may still be visible in classic vehicles that have been restored or kept in pristine condition. The reason for the change was that acrylic is a cheaper material.

Additionally, aluminium has the potential to deteriorate over time by just being exposed to natural elements. So it makes sense that the change to a longer-lasting, durable, and easier to identify alternative came into play.

Can show plates be made from other materials?

Potentially, yes. Show plates, as the name suggests, are made for show. They can be designed to the exact specifications of the customer, provided the platemaker can do it. There should be no reason why a show plate can’t be made out of something other than acrylic. Though this is subject to the stipulations of the platemaker you visit.

Show plates are not made for road use. They are for decorative purposes only. They can be given as a gift, or as a decoration for your room, office etc.

You are not allowed to drive a vehicle with show plates on public roads under any circumstances. By doing so, you’re willingly driving with a number plate that does not conform to the rules stipulated by the DVLA. As a result, you will also be subject to the consequences stipulated by them.

Are acrylic plates unbreakable?

Are acrylic plates unbreakable?

Unfortunately, no. Under enough pressure or impact, an acrylic plate can break, crack or be chipped. In the instance that your plate is cracked or chipped, you should look to replace it, as a cracked or chipped plate means it is weaker than its standard.

Are acrylic plates theft proof?

No. although vehicle plate thieves find creative and conniving ways to remove plates, there are protective measures you can apply to ensure your plate is less likely to be stolen.

A number plate holder is a good option for those who want protection from the road and from thieves without screwing through the number plate itself. Alternatively, screwing the number plate onto the bumper is a fairly efficient way to protect against potential theft.

Are green number plates made from acrylic?

Are green number plates made from acrylic?

Green number plates, also known as electric number plates, are number plates that are made specifically for all-electric vehicles. Aside from the green stripe on the left-hand side of the plate, there are no additional differences, they are also made from acrylic.

Green number plates also have the option to be created as a 3D or 4D gel number plate.

Where to order acrylic 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.

Purchase a 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, ‘What are acrylic number plates?’

We hope that we have provided all the right answers and options for all of your plate modification needs, along with extra helpful facts.

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:

Email info@bespoke-plates.co.uk

Phone 0333 006 7878

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