Why Choose a 4D Number Plate

Car owners choose to customise their vehicles to their own style which has prompted many to ask the question “why choose a 4d number plate?”. Having a personalised registration number is the dream for vehicle owners who want a creative and unique upgrade to their vehicle. Private number plates never go out of style. But did you know that your number plate can come in 4D form?

A 4D number plate is a 4-dimensional plate. It is created by applying 3D characters to number plates and then surrounding them with a 4D gel to create a block finish that screams premium design.

The 4D plate is more pronounced, in contrast to a 3D plate, which is softer.

At Bespoke Plates, each order can be made entirely customised to your requirements, with different finishes and depths available to choose from.

When designing your 4D plate, you can choose aspects of your 4D number plate, such as:

  • Style – Select from 4D 3mm, 5mm, or gel letters. All are applied using a high-strength adhesive. Check out our product gallery to see how our 4D number plates look.
  • Legal or Show Plate – Either a legal or a show plate. Show plates are not legal to use for daily driving, because they are for decorative or promotional purposes only.
  • Plate Type – Choose if you require both sets of plates, front & rear, or one side only.
  • Tinted – Add a tinted look to your plate by selecting this extra.
  • Border – Choose whether or not you would like a bordered design.
  • Side Badges – Choose if you would like a Union Jack or Scotland side badge.

By offering a high degree of personalisation, from the letters you choose, right to the finish of your plate, we guarantee that we can meet any design requirement you may have.

Are 4D plates legal?

If you are wondering whether 4D number plates are legal for road use, yes, they absolutely are, under one condition. 4D number plates have to be made to British Standard BS AU 145d, which is the standard that all new number plates on UK roads should be manufactured to by law. This standard has been effective since 2001.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) stipulates that number plates must display writing in an untitled font called Charles Wright New or Mandatory. The letters and numbers must comply with specific spacing and alignment.

The current vehicle registration number format was introduced in 2001. It consists of:

  • 2 letters (these refer to the region in the country where your vehicle was first registered)
  • 2 numbers (these tell you when it was issued)
  • 3 letters are chosen at random

By law, the DVLA requires the number plates on your vehicles to meet the following conditions:

  • be made from a reflective material
  • display black characters on a white background (for the front plate)
  • display black characters on a yellow background (for the rear plate)
  • not have a background pattern
  • be marked to show who supplied the number plate
  • be marked with a British Standard number – this is ‘BS AU 145e’ for plates fitted after 1 September 2021

The characters must not be removable or reflective. If your number plates were fitted after 1 September 2021, they must also be a single shade of black.

On your number plate, the law allows you to have 3D (raised characters), certain flags, symbols and identifiers. If you have a zero-emission vehicle, your number plate is allowed to display a green flash.

Licence plates explained

It is illegal to disfigure number plates in a way which makes them hard to read. For example, if your private plate has the number ‘1’, you cannot place a screw or bolt on top of it to make it look like the letter ‘I’.

What would happen if I have an illegal 4D number plate?

If your vehicle is displaying illegal or incorrectly displayed number plates, you could be fined up to £1,000 and your vehicle will fail its MOT test.

If you are a first-time offender, police will issue you with a ‘vehicle defect rectification notice’, giving you 14 days to get the plate made legal and get the form stamped by an official supplier, which then gets handed into your local police station.

It is important to keep your private plate clean: if it gets cloned by criminals, you could receive speeding tickets or parking fines that do not belong to you. If this happens, return the tickets and fines to the issuing authority, and explain what happened, providing any evidence to prove this.

You should also contact the DVLA and the police if your private plate gets cloned, so they can retain this information in their records and help you.

Are 4D blue number plates legal?

Your 4D plate is legal as long as you meet the requirements of the DVLA. The acrylic characters must be displayed in black, on a white background for the front of the vehicle, and on a yellow background for the rear of the vehicle.

The colour underneath the acrylic characters can be blue.

You can put a border around your number plate, but it cannot be reflective, and it must not interfere with the characters and numbers.

So, why choose a 4D number plate?

Let’s go over some of the many amazing reasons to consider investing in a 4D number plate.

Increased durability

4D number plates are reinforced and manufactured with cutting-edge technology, so they are built to be more durable than standard plates. No more lost plates, thanks to minor knocks and power-washing instances!

The acrylic characters are designed to last, so they won’t fall off or fade over time with sun damage. Nor will they disintegrate after pressure washes or in adverse weather conditions.

Trendy appearance

4D number plates are highly fashionable, which makes them so popular amongst the young and old. The glossy lettering is eye-catching and adds a sleek shine, elevating your vehicle to a more premium-looking appearance.

You can customize your 4D number plate with your preferred coloured layers, designs and finishes, so it adds an amazing personal touch to your vehicle. 

Highly visible numbers and letters

You will be breaking the law if your number plate isn’t easy to read by police, vehicle inspectors and other road users.

Our 4D plates are designed to make the lettering pop. This increases your safety on the road, as your vehicle is more visible to other road users, pedestrians and cyclists. 

Investment opportunity

Personalised number plates can sell for hundreds and thousands of pounds. This is especially true for private plates with common names or even common phrases.

If you don’t want your private plate anymore, there will always be an eager buyer who will want to get their hands on it. So you can make a decent profit by selling a private plate. A 4D number plate will sell for more than a 3D number plate.

The highest price a private number plate has ever gone for in the UK is a staggering £518,000. Luxury car dealer John Collins paid over half a million pounds for the private plate ‘25 O’ in an auction for his Ferrari car, which is worth £10 million and was once owned by guitarist Eric Clapton.

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Can cameras read 4D number plates?

Yes. 4D number plates are read by cameras, just as ordinary number plates are.

Speed cameras and bus lane cameras use ANPR systems, which means Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR).

As a vehicle passes an ANPR camera, its registration number is read and instantly checked against database records of vehicles of interest.

Police officers can stop a vehicle, speak to the occupants and, where necessary, make arrests.

ANPR has proved to be important in the detection of offences such as locating people wanted for arrest or missing, witnesses, stolen vehicles and uninsured vehicles as well as uncovering cases of major crime.

In the UK, there are approximately 13,000 ANPR cameras which submit around 55 million ‘read’ records to national ANPR systems daily.

Can you drill through 4D plates?

It is not recommended that you drill through 4D plates, as this could crack the letters.

At Bespoke Plates, our team of experts can support you with the installation of 4D plates onto your vehicle.

How do I buy a 4D number plate?

Request a quote from Bespoke Plates by visiting our website here and our team of experts will be happy to help.

When purchasing a 4D number plate, you must prove that you are the registered vehicle owner. So you will have to provide us with either:

  • the V5C logbook
  • the V5CNI logbook
  • V5C/2 or V5C/2NI new keeper slip
  • the V778 certificate

You must also bring a document to confirm your name and identity. These could be:

  • driving license
  • current passport
  • National identity card
  • utility bill/Council Tax bill from the last 6 months
  • bank statement from the last 6 months
  • bank card/ credit card
  • financial statement from the last 6 months

Now you know the reasons why to choose a 4D number plate, you should be feeling more informed about the process of buying one.

To find out more about Bespoke Plates, which is the UK’s top number plate maker specialising in 3D, 4D and standard number plates, visit our website here.

Visit our blog here to find the answers to frequently asked questions about custom number plates, including short number plates, 3D number plates and 4D number plates.

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