FAQs for 3D Number Plates

We are pleased to confirm that 3D plate designs are all 100% street legal as long as they comply with the British Standard for Number Plates (BS AU 145e). Our complete guide to the legal side of 3D number plates outlines the standards to which legal plates must adhere. As long as your chosen 3D number plate features the relevant markings and features, it will be entirely compliant. As a DVLA-approved manufacturer of bespoke solutions, we guarantee that every product is legal.


Our customisable options and bespoke finishes are only offered as they meet these strict standards. We also use an alignment bar when producing your 3D plate to ensure that legal spacing and alignment are part of a quality promise to our customers. With Bespoke Plates, we don’t want you to spend unnecessary time researching your product. Instead, we have already done the work for you.


If you select legal modifications, your number plate will also pass all areas of the MOT. If your personalised plate is, however, made to a different colour, finish, or features different character spacing, you will fail the MOT. We not only ensure that plates meet the required standard, but our high-quality finish also exceeds these regulations as we want to ensure that you never experience issues with your Bespoke Plates product.


You will also receive official paperwork with your Bespoke Plates product so that you can show this at any time you may be asked for a copy.

Don’t let the streamlined design fool you; manufacturing high-quality custom number plates is a complex task, but one that we have perfected. 3D number plates are distinguished by their subtly elevated gel characters and the premium 3M reflective backing, resulting in a polished and high-quality appearance. When making any of our number plates, we always work to the exact precisions that the DVLA require to ensure that all products are legally compliant.

  • You can upgrade any vehicle, no matter the age, and give it a modern finish. Whether using a personalised registration or the existing one, a 3D plate gives a contemporary look. They also represent the driver as one who genuinely cares about their vehicle and offers insight into the over care and attention applied to the vehicle. 
  • 3D number plates are more durable than traditional standard options.Thanks to high-quality materials, 3D number plates are much more durable than standard ones. The design means they can withstand any motoring knocks and the effects of overtime weathering, which standard plates are susceptible to. 
  • Number plate visibility is improved, enhancing the safety of your vehicle.The gel letters are also visually more striking, meaning they can be seen more easily by other motorists, pedestrians, and road-traffic cameras. 
  • It’s an affordable way to modify your vehicle, which is road legal. You can make lots of changes to your vehicle to add your personality, but these can increase rapidly in cost. A custom number plate is a great and legal method of adding your style in a way that doesn’t break the bank. With plates starting from £40, we think this is an affordable option.
  • You can advertise show vehicles in an eye-catching way. Perfect for PR events, shows, or even for giving as a gift, show 3D plates are a beautiful way to enhance the traditional number plate.

FAQs for 4D Plates

Our 4D number plates are also made in-house using a similar technique but different materials to achieve the raised, multi-dimensional finish they are known for.


Firstly, the design phase is essential to ensuring that you are pleased with your final product. Our website lets you choose the modifications you would like for your place and allows you to select whether it is legal or for show purposes.


Once the design is selected, we produce the standard number plate and cut out the tough acrylic characters using a precision cutting machine. We use the number plate as a template to ensure all legal spacing is maintained, along with the use of an alignment bar. The acrylic letters are laser cut for accuracy and applied to the backplate using an industrial-strength adhesive.


We then apply industrial-grade acrylic over the top. This naturally coats and settles around the characters for a slick appearance. The custom number plate is then placed in a low-heat oven to ensure any bubbles or marks are naturally removed. Once we are happy that the resin has settled and that the plate is looking its best, it is removed and left to cool completely before moving on to the final quality testing stage.


It is also important to consider how you install your 4D number plate, which our team are on hand to support you with. 4D plates are beautifully crafted, and each of our products showcases the complex design.

Characters – Choosing the style of your letters and numbers is one of the essential parts of making your 4D plate a reality. You can select from either 3mm, 5mm, or 4D acrylic characters to personalise your design to the look you want. The increased depths are all completely legal if the colour remains one tone. The raised profile of the characters provides the result of a deeper plate, so choosing your ideal size is important if you have a certain look in mind.


Plate Depth – Once you have chosen your characters, the depth of your plate will be determined. 4D plates are coated in an industrial-strength acrylic which provides a solid appearance. This feature, along with the raised characters, provides a luxury feel for plates.


As well as looking slick, the plates are also more durable than standard designs due to the reinforced materials. 4D plates have a boxy appearance which is characterised by a bigger surface area and raised profile from the car bodywork when fitted. The nature of the securely bonded design also gives the illusion of the plate being even thicker than it is.


At Bespoke Plates, we love the look of 4D plates for all types of vehicles. Car size doesn’t matter as these plates add attitude and style to any make or model. Not only do they give a vehicle a guaranteed contemporary design, but they also draw the eye to the plate in a way that ensures the bodywork is also the centre of attention.

3D plates are made with polyurethane gel resin which provides a smooth finish, and a slick raised profile due to the letters underneath. 4D plates are finished with a solid acrylic which provides a flat surface with 3D letters beneath.

The gel resin used within a 3D plate provides a glossy, almost shiny finish, whereas a 4D plate feature strong and matte finished acrylic characters. 4D number plates are often favoured for making a stronger visual statement as they stand out a lot more. They also have a distinctive boxy finish thanks to the acrylic coating and raised character profiles.

4D plates are also even more durable than their 3D counterparts, boasting an extra reinforced finish that can withstand the effects of road-based debris and other vehicle damage.

Why not check out our product gallery to get a better idea about the differences in designs that you can expect to find. One of the many things that we love about custom 4D, and 3D number plates are their distinctive design, and you may not have appreciated the differences between the two before now. We would also recommend that you check out the Bespoke Plates Instagram feed, and Facebook Page to get more of an idea as to what these plates look like. Our customers love sharing images of their designs to there is plenty of content for you to look through.

FAQs for Bespoke Plates

Custom number plates have a higher price tag, but it is clear to see why when you look at the quality of materials they are made from. Custom number plates are manufactured to last, so when you invest in a product, you buy something that will be with your car for a very long time. Industrial grade materials and tools are needed to achieve custom plates’ detailed and legal requirements.


The skills needed to run the machinery and work to high precision are also reflected in the price that you can expect to pay. We only have the most skilled members within our team as we believe that quality employees produce the best work. Having said that, our plates are very competitively priced, so the fact that we hire and only work with the best is not reflected in our costs.


If you are faced with a cheaper quote, it may be that the materials and craftsmanship are not to the standard that they should be. As number plates are such an intrinsic part of vehicle safety, we don’t believe that they should be scrimped on.


Some various rules and regulations are outlined in the British Standard for Number Plates (BS AU 145e) which adds extra levels of checking and modifications that need to be added to your design. The price tag, therefore, also includes the legal checks and compliance that ensure your custom plate will have no issues attached. 

As DVLA-approved manufacturers of custom number plates, you can rest assured that we follow all legal procedures required when investing in a new number plate.


When you explore our custom number plate collection online, you will notice that we make the process for purchasing incredibly simple, as we don’t want you to have to spend time worrying about logistics. Once you have chosen your product, follow the instructions to add any requirements for modification needs. All prices will be shown at this stage for complete transparency.


You then follow the checkout process and confirm when you would like installation included or whether you plan on doing that yourself. If you do want to fit your new number plate, we all provide number plate screw fixing packs and sticky pads for number plates to make the task easy.


The process is straightforward if you are a registered vehicle owner. To invest in a new custom number plate, you will need to provide us with the following:


  • Proof that you are the owner using either the V5C or V5CNI logbook, V5C/2 or V5C/2NI new keeper slip, or the V778 certificate.
  • A form of ID which proves your name and identity, such as your driving license, passport, or utility bill.


All data and records are kept completely secure when you provide us with access. By checking these documents, we are also meeting legal motoring standards, which contributes to the safety of your new plate. You will also receive all legal paperwork when your plate is ready. 

We have no issue making the bold statement that we are one of the best number plate manufacturers in the UK. This is because we can confidently back this up with our service and products and our amazing customer feedback.

Rated 5-stars on Google and with 94% reviews marked as excellent on Trustpilot, our customers are clearly happy with the products they have received. Other reasons why you should choose Bespoke Plates for your next custom product are:

• We only use the highest quality of products and most advanced tools to achieve professional results. Our craftsmanship really does speak for itself, with each product going through a strict quality assurance process before it is given to our customers.

• We are DVLA-approved, meaning we can provide you with a fully legal custom plate that is supported by all the correct paperwork. This makes your plate road-worthy and MOT-passable.

• Sharing knowledge around custom number plates is also essential to us, so you can ask our team any questions that you may have.

• As well as manufacturing top-class number plates, we can also help with the installation to ensure your new accessory is securely in place.

• Customer service is what is most important to us. We want everyone to have an amazing experience, and we guarantee that you will always be met with a friendly face at Bespoke Plates.

• We also offer extensive modification choices for a selection of legal and show plate needs. As our name would suggest, we specialise in bespoke products. 

FAQs for Delivery & Returns

We aim to provide all products within 2-3 days so that you can enjoy your new product as soon as possible.

The ordering process has been streamlined on our website to ensure that all relevant options are available for you to choose right from the start. We also have a team to help you with any further questions from Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

Once your order has been submitted, we can produce your new custom number plate and will provide you with any updates or amendments to your delivery as soon as we are aware. We do also offer same-day collections and a full fittings service, as our aim is to tailor your individual experience to the service that you require.

We don’t think you should ever have to wait long for a product, which is we always ensure our stock and materials levels are kept high to ensure we never have to delay an order. If you do have a special request of a delivery date that needs to be met, please do contact our team to ensure we are able to meet your needs.

We also deliver all over the UK, but your location may mean that your delivery takes slightly longer. If this is the case, we will communicate the expected dates at your time of order and always keep you up to date with the progress of your delivery.

At Bespoke Plates, the quality of our products is of paramount importance to us, and we promise NEVER to send you an item that has not passed our strict quality checks. We also provide lots of opportunities for proofing your order and plate design to ensure any issues are picked up quickly.


Due to the custom nature of our plates, we can only provide a refund if there is damage or an unnoticed mistake on the final plate. We are sure you understand this, as with each plate being unique, we cannot then pass this product on to another customer. Please, therefore, ensure you are 100% sure about your purchase before you order, as we will regretfully be unable to refund your money if your simple change your mind.


Should you have a problem such as damage or an error, we will be, of course, happy to refund you asap. If you do need to obtain a refund, please get in touch with our team by either calling 0333 006 7878, emailing, or by visiting our contact us webpage. Please, at this time, provide full details of the error or damage, and we will action your refund accordingly.


Alternatively, you can complete our online refund request form.

If you need to cancel your order, you will need to do so in the agreed timeframe that you receive with your order confirmation. This is because our team have lots of orders to work through, and we do so high-speed so once an order is started, we will not be able to cancel it.


There are also some circumstances in which, regrettably, we cannot accept cancellations to orders. If your plate is bespoke or personalised, you will be unable to cancel your order. In this circumstance, we can, however, refund the cost of your postage, accessories, and fitting kits if they are unused/unopened.


The best way to enquire about amending orders is to contact our team directly from Monday 9 am – Friday 5 pm, as this is when our customer service lines will be covered. Please either call 0333 006 7878, email, or visit our contact us webpage.


We hope you never need to cancel your order, but if you do have an issue, please always let us know at your earliest convenience. 

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