DO YOU SELL REGISTRATION NUMBERS OR PERSONALISED NUMBER PLATES?
We do not sell registration numbers. We only manufacturer number plates, we do not offer cherished or personalised number plates. You must own or have entitlement to the registration number for which you are having plates made up.
**Important** You cannot simply make up a registration number and use it on the UK highway. Either yourself or the person you’re buying for must already own the registration number you will use. We do NOT sell registration numbers; we simply make replacement number plates for registration numbers you already own.
When you enter your registration number on our builder it will appear exactly as you type it so we advise you to carefully check the spacing as we can offer no refunds or reprints due to typing/design errors on your behalf, a warning pop up automatically appears if you don’t add a space to your registration and you have to click / tick the accept box to progress beyond this point.
Show plates are number plates used for show purposes (for example motor shows, classic car events, weddings and photo shoots) and do not necessarily comply with the laws and regulations that govern number plates for road use.
Yes absolutely, just keep in mind that this is for off-road / display purposes only and the responsibility is with you. Please feel free to get in touch and email firstname.lastname@example.org to advise us of the spacing requirements.
If you don’t see a badge or background image in our plate builder then we will be more than happy for you to send us your own design or image. Please email it to email@example.com. The image must be of quality/high-resolution.
The plates are made to order and handmade to your exact specifications. In order for us to ship your item as quickly as possible it may not always be possible to cancel or amend an order which has been manufactured. Please take care to send us the correct details before placing your order. Any changes made after an hour of placing your order can not be accepted.
The plate builder is a digitally generated image to give you a general idea of how your plates will look once manufactured. The actual plates will give you a sharper image and be in the correct format.
In the UK they are valid until 1 September 2021. After that date road legal number plates must comply with BS AU 145e which prohibits two-tone / 3D effect fonts of any kind. This is for the benefit of ANPR cameras. However, show plates can sill be produced for UK customers using 3D effects as they are not intended for road use.
We have Royal Mail and your orders will be shipped out on the same day of ordering as long as it’s ordered before 1PM UK time.
We offer the following shipping:
- Standard shipping which is signed for 1st class (1-3 days) – this service cannot be tracked
- Next Day – tracked and signed for
We offer discounts for the following:
- Military personnel
- Police, fire and ambulance personnel
- Trade (business to business)
- Other – please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our number plates are not supplied with pre-drilled holes. You can either drill holes to fit your vehicle and then screw or bolt on the plates or attach them using adhesive pads. Both choices have their merits and you shouldn’t be afraid to use the adhesive pads as they are increasingly the choice of major car brands. Our fixing kit makes the process easy whichever way you chose to go.
Please see our video guide for practical assistance.
National Flags on number plates
Many of us are proud of our national flag and want to display it on our cars. If you want to display a flag on your number plate in the UK you may do so but there are limitations if the plate is to be legal. You can display the following flags to the left hand side of a number plate so long as they are no more than 50mm wide:
- Union flag
- Cross of St George
- Cross of St Andrew/ the Saltire
- Red dragon of Wales
In addition you can have national identifiers as follows:
- Great Britain, Great Britain or GB
- UNITED KINGDOM, United Kingdom or UK
- ENGLAND, England, ENG or Eng
- SCOTLAND, Scotland, SCO or Sco
- CYMRU, Cymru, CYM or CYM
- WALES or Wales
Even if you have a national flag displayed on your number plate the EU still requires you to use a GB sticker when travelling in Europe.
Auto Plates Direct can provide show plates which include these flags from our plate builder but as they are show plates we can include any other flag (e.g. Cornish, Yorkshire, Isle of Man etc.) that you want.
The European Flag on a UK number plate
Up until 1 January 2021 it was possible to display the European symbol together with a GB national identifier on a UK number plate. Having this style of number plate meant that you did not need to put a separate GB sticker on your car when travelling within the EU. Since the UK is no longer part of the EU, the general rule is that such plates are no longer lawful and a GB sticker is required.
The EU has agreed one exception: you do not need a GB sticker if your number plate includes the GB identifier on its own or with the Union flag. You will need to display a GB sicker if your plate has any other flag – even a European Union flag!