What are 4D registration plate keychains based on?

With plate modification becoming an ever more popular option for those looking to add a unique look to their car, gel plates (both 3D & 4D) are becoming the go-to customisation option. But did you know this unique style isn’t limited to just a licence plate?

In this blog, we will be addressing the question ‘Where can I buy a custom 4D number plate keyring?’

Bespoke Plates is here to answer that question, whilst providing you with information that will help you understand some of the vital services we offer along with our Bespoke accessories.

Everyone knows what a keyring is but a 4D number plate may be a new term for some. 4D plates come in the category of gel plates. Below we will explain a little more about the gel plates we create.

Explaining Gel Plates

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 – What makes them unique?

  • 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 – How are they different?

  • 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.

You can also get 4D gel characters which have a ‘wet look’. These are made in the same way as 3D letters but have a thicker profile.

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!

What makes a good 4D registration plate keyring?

Do 4D plates avoid cameras?

4D plates that are created by a certified vendor like us, make our plates within the boundaries of the law (Unless you specifically want a show plate.) Even though the characters are not the same as a traditional number plate, 4D and 3D plates are still identifiable by ANPR cameras etc.

If your 3D or 4D plate is not identifiable by ANPR or other licence-recognising cameras then it is likely your plate manufacturer has not installed it to the specifications of the law. This will cause a problem for you especially if the police discover you using this plate on the road.

Luckily, Bespoke Plates is a certified plate-maker and always has our plates made to the boundaries set by the law.

Where can I buy a Gel licence plate?

At Bespoke Plates our process for buying and attaching a gel licence plate is very straightforward and is as follows

  1. Head to our website, and choose between 3D or 4D plates under the ‘build your plate tab
  2. Enter your registration for a preview of the plate
  3. Specify whether or not this will be a show plate
  4. Choose your style
  5. Select whether your plate will be for the front and back of your car or just one of them
  6. Select your size
  7. Select additional customizable options
  8. Have it delivered to your home

Alternatively, we can also install your plates for you, if you know what you want, and when you are able to have it installed, get in contact and see how we can help you today. We have years of experience in installing gel plates to the specifications of the law.

As a legally recognised supplier and installer of custom plates, we can guarantee your plates will abide by the specifications of the law, and will advise you if your design falls outside of the specifications.

3 reasons to buy a gel number plate

We understand why investing in a plate that looks different may not appeal to everyone. Sometimes, you have to get an understanding of how something can benefit you before considering anything. So here are 3 reasons a gel plate can benefit anyone:

Enhanced durability

The characters are made from materials that are durable in compliance with DVLA rules, this means that it is less likely for your plate to get damaged over time as much as a normal plate would.


3D & 4D gel plates add a unique aesthetic to your vehicle, it’s a dash of character on any car, and the ‘cherry on top’ of a car that has already been modified. With a variety of options available to you, you will be sure to find the style that suits you.

It’s legal!

This modification is fully approved by the DVLA as long as you employ the services of a licenced vendor like Bespoke Plates. We can address any queries you may have whilst fully guaranteeing the legality of the modification. (Unless you want a show plate.)

Where can I buy a custom 4D number plate keyring?

For those who have already invested in a gel number plate, or are just interested in other personalisable options we offer, Bespoke Plates also supply 4D keyrings.

4D Keyrings provide a thoughtful and unique gift for any car enthusiast, whether it’s on your house keys or car keys, our keyrings can be personalised to make a word of up to 7 characters, which makes your keyring even more unique to you.

And as if that wasn’t enough, we also offer a variety of colours, these include

  • White Standard
  • White Tinted
  • Yellow Hex
  • Yellow Standard
  • Yellow Tinted
  • Yellow Tinted Chameleon

Order your 4D number plate keyring today!

Order a 4D registration plate keychain today

Order a custom 4D keyring today

We hope for anyone still wondering ‘Where Can I Buy a Custom 4D Number Plate Keyring?’ that we provided all the right answers and additional 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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