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From 01 September 2001 a new registration system is in place for all new vehicle registrations in England, Scotland and Wales. The format is AB51 CDE. In this example, AB indicates the original area of registration or Local Memory Tag, 51 is the Age Identifier and CDE are random letters or Random Element. For reasons best known to the DVLA, or an organisation above them, they have seen fit to change the letters that have represented the original area completely! Like before, I and Q will not be used on regular registrations, but a change means that Z can be used in the three-letter suffix.

Until 31 August 2001 modern registrations in England, Scotland and Wales were made up with a single letter suffix or prefix representing the year of registration based around 01 August each year, this has now been changed to 01 March and 01 September each year, followed by one to three digits, then prefixed or suffixed by three letters, the last two of which designate the area of original registration.

Since 'H' year it has been possible to purchase personalised registrations by using the year letter followed by the digits 1 to 19 followed by any three letters (except I, Q and Z). This also applies to the digit groups 100, 200 etc and 111, 222 etc. The digit group 666 is not allowed on this scheme ;) The prefix letter can currently be chosen from A-D and G-Y. In these cases, obviously, the table below will not necessarily indicate the original place of registration of the vehicle.

In Northern Ireland there are one to four digits and no year prefix or suffix letter.

It seems that the older two letter plus one to four digit registrations used to follow the same patterns as the areas listed below. With the apparent exception of GPO, MAN & USN (this source is old - 1982, but seems still to apply generally) the last two letters of the registration prefix or suffix denote the original registration office or area (nowadays).

'X' does not seem to be used as the initial pair of letters in my list. Remember that 'I' and 'Z' only appear in Northern Ireland registrations (shown at the end of the list - though it seems that they also used to appear in Eire when this list was produced). Eire registrations are now quite different and quite independent, but I have included them for the sake of old registrations.

Also remember that 'Q' does not appear in registrations except for the year suffix or prefix where the true age of the vehicle cannot be satisfactorily proved.

New Registration Age Identifiers From 01 September 2001
Dates Code Dates Code
    September 2001 - February 2002 51
March 2002 - August 2002 02 September 2002 - February 2003 52
March 2003 - August 2003 03 September 2003 - February 2004 53
March 2004 - August 2004 04 September 2004 - February 2005 54
March 2005 - August 2005 05 September 2005 - February 2006 55
March 2006 - August 2006 06 September 2006 - February 2007 56
March 2007 - August 2007 07 September 2007 - February 2008 57
March 2008 - August 2008 08 September 2008 - February 2009 58
March 2009 - August 2009 09 September 2009 - February 2010 59
March 2010 - August 2010 10 September 2010 - February 2011 60
March 2011 - August 2011 11 September 2011 - February 2012 61
March 2012 - August 2012 12 September 2012 - February 2013 62
March 2013 - August 2013 13 September 2013 - February 2014 63
March 2014 - August 2014 14 September 2014 - February 2015 64
March 2015 - August 2015 15 September 2015 - February 2016 65
March 2016 - August 2016 16 September 2016 - February 2017 66
March 2017 - August 2017 17 September 2017 - February 2018 67
March 2018 - August 2018 18 September 2018 - February 2019 68
March 2019 - August 2019 19 September 2019 - February 2020 69
This pattern will continue until all permutations are exhausted

New Registration Locations From 01 September 2001
A - Anglia H - Hampshire & Dorset P - Preston
AA - AN Peterborough HA - HJ Bournemouth PA - PT Preston
AO - AU Norwich HK - HV Portsmouth PU - PY Carlisle
AV - AY Ipswich HW Isle of Wight R - Reading
B - Birmingham HX - HY Portsmouth RA - RY Theale
BA - BY Birmingham K S - Scotland
C - Cymru KA - KL Luton SA - SJ Glasgow
CA - CO Cardiff KM - KY Northampton SK - SO Edinburgh
CP - CV Swansea L - London SP - ST Dundee
CW - CY Bangor LA - LJ Wimbledon SU - SW Aberdeen
D - Deeside to Shrewsbury LK - LT Borehamwood SX - SY Inverness
DA - DK Chester LU - LY Sidcup V - Severn Valley
DL - DY Shrewsbury M - Manchester & Merseyside VA - VY Worcester
E - Essex MA - MM Manchester W - West of England
EA - EY Chelmsford MN, MAN Isle of Man WA - WJ Exeter
F - Forest & Fens MO - MY Manchester WK - WL Truro
FA - FP Nottingham N - North WM - WY Bristol
FR - FY Lincoln NA - NO Newcastle Y - Yorkshire
G - Garden of England NP - NY Stockton YA - YK Leeds
GA - GO Maidstone O - Oxford YL - YU Sheffield
GP - GY Brighton OA - OY Oxford YV - YY Beverley

Original Registration Locations Until 31 August 2001
AA Salisbury KA Liverpool UA Leeds
AB Worcester KB Liverpool UB Leeds
AC Coventry KC Liverpool UC London C
AD Gloucester KD Liverpool UD Oxford
AE Bristol KE Maidstone UE Dudley
AF Truro KF Liverpool UF Brighton
AG Hull KG Cardiff UG Leeds
AH Norwich KH Hull UH Cardiff
AJ Middlesborough KJ Maidstone UJ Shrewsbury
AK Sheffield KK Maidstone UK Birmingham
AL Nottingham KL Maidstone UL London C
AM Swindon KM Maidstone UM Leeds
AN Reading KN Maidstone UN Barnstaple
AO Carlisle KO Maidstone UO Barnstaple
AP Brighton KP Maidstone UP Durham
AR Chelmsford KR Maidstone UR Luton
AS Inverness KS St Boswells US Glasgow
AT Hull KT Canterbury UT Leicester
AU Nottingham KU Sheffield UU London C
AV Peterborough KV Coventry UV London C
AW Shrewsbury KW Sheffield UW London C
AX Cardiff KX Luton UX Shrewsbury
AY Leicester KY Sheffield UY Worcester
BA Manchester LA London NW VA Cambridge
BB Newcastle LB London NW VB Canterbury
BC Leicester LC London NW VC Coventry
BD Northampton LD London NW VD Luton
BE Grimsby LE London NW VE Cambridge
BF Stoke-on-Trent LF London NW VF Norwich
BG Liverpool LG Chester VG Norwich
BH Luton LH London NW VH Huddersfield
BJ Ipswich LJ Bournemouth VJ Hereford
BK Portsmouth LK London NW VK Newcastle
BL Reading LL London NW VL Lincoln
BM Luton LM London NW VM Manchester
BN Bolton LN London NW VN Middlesborough
BO Cardiff LO London NW VO Nottingham
BP Portsmouth LP London NW VP Birmingham
BR Durham LR London NW VR Manchester
BS Kirkwall LS Stirling VS Luton
BT York LT London NW VT Stoke-on-Trent
BU Manchester LU London NW VU Manchester
BV Preston LV Liverpool VV Northampton
BW Oxford LW London NW VW Chelmsford
BX Haverfordwest LX London NW VX Chelmsford
BY London NW LY London NW VY York
CA Chester MA Chester WA Sheffield
CB Bolton MB Chester WB Sheffield
CC Bangor MC London NE WC Chelmsford
CD Brighton MD London NE WD Dudley
CE Cambridge ME London NE WE Sheffield
CF Reading MF London NE WF Sheffield
CG Salisbury MG London NE WG Sheffield
CH Nottingham MH London NE WH Bolton
CJ Hereford MJ Luton WJ Sheffield
CK Preston MK London NE WK Coventry
CL Norwich ML London NE WL Oxford
CM Liverpool MM London NE WM Liverpool
CN Newcastle MN (not used) WN Swansea
CO Plymouth MO Reading WO Cardiff
CP Huddersfield MP London NE WP Worcester
CR Portsmouth MR Swindon WR Leeds
CS Ayr MS Stirling WS Bristol
CT Boston MT London NE WT Leeds
CU Newcastle-upon-Tyne MU London NE WU Leeds
CV Truro MV London SE WV Brighton
CW Preston MW Swindon WW Leeds
CX Huddersfield MX London SE WX Leeds
CY Swansea MY London SE WY Leeds
DA Birmingham NA Manchester YA Taunton
DB Manchester NB Manchester YB Taunton
DC Middlesborough NC Manchester YC Taunton
DD Gloucester ND Manchester YD Taunton
DE Haverfordwest NE Manchester YE London C
DF Gloucester NF Manchester YF London C
DG Gloucester NG Norwich YG Leeds
DH Dudley NH Northampton YH London C
DJ Warrington NJ Brighton YJ Brighton
DK Bolton NK Luton YK London C
DL Newport (IoW) NL Newcastle YL London C
DM Chester NM Luton YM London C
DN York NN Nottingham YN London C
DO Boston NO Chelmsford YO London C
DP Reading NP Worcester YP London C
DR Plymouth NR Sheffield YR London
DS Glasgow NS Glasgow YS Glasgow
DT Sheffield NT Shrewsbury YT London C
DU Coventry NU Nottingham YU London C
DV Exeter NV Northampton YV London C
DW Cardiff NW Leeds YW London C
DX Ipswich NX Dudley YX London C
DY Hastings NY Cardiff YY London C
EA Dudley OA Brighton AZ Belfast
EB Cambridge OB Birmingham BZ Down
EC Kendal OC Birmingham CZ Belfast
ED Warrington OD Exeter DZ Antrim
EE Grimsby OE Birmingham EZ Belfast
EF Middlesborough OF Birmingham FZ Belfast
EG Peterborough OG Birmingham GZ Belfast
EH Stoke-on-Trent OH Birmingham HZ Tyrone
EJ Aberystwyth OJ Birmingham JZ Down
EK Warrington OK Birmingham KZ Antrim
EL Bournemouth OL Birmingham LZ Armagh
EM Liverpool OM Birmingham MZ Belfast
EN Bolton ON Birmingham NZ Londonderry
EO Barrow-in-Furness OO Chelmsford OZ Belfast
EP Swansea OP Birmingham PZ Belfast
ER Cambridge OR Portsmouth RZ Antrim
ES Dundee OS Stranraer SZ Down
ET Sheffield OT Portsmouth TZ Belfast
EU Bristol OU Bristol UZ Belfast
EV Chelmsford OV Birmingham VZ Tyrone
EW Peterborough OW Portsmouth WZ Belfast
EX Norwich OX Birmingham XZ Armagh
EY Bangor OY London NW YZ Londonderry
        ZZ Dublin
FA Stoke-on-Trent PA Guildford    
FB Bristol PB Guildford IA Antrim
FC Oxford PC Guildford IB Armagh
FD Dudley PD Guildford IC Carlow
FE Lincoln PE Guildford ID Caven
FF Aberystwyth PF Guildford IE Clare
FG Brighton PG Guildford IF Cork
FH Gloucester PH Guildford IG (not used)
FJ Exeter PJ Guildford IH Donegal
FK Dudley PK Guildford IJ Down
FL Peterborough PL Guildford IK Dublin
FM Chester PM Guildford IL Fermanagh
FN Canterbury PN Brighton IM Galway
FO Hereford PO Portsmouth IN Kerry
FP Leicester PP Luton IO Kildare
FR Preston PR Bournemouth IP Kilkenny
FS Edinburgh PS Kerwick IR Offaly
FT Newcastle PT Durham IS (not used)
FU Grimsby PU Chelmsford IT Leitrim
FV Preston PV Ipswich IU Limerick
FW Lincoln PW Norwich IV (not used)
FX Bournemouth PX Portsmouth IW Londonderry
FY Liverpool PY Middlesborough IX Longford
        IY Louth
GA Glasgow RA Nottingham IZ Mayo
GB Glasgow RB Nottingham    
GC London SW RC Nottingham AI Meath
GD Glasgow RD Reading BI Monaghan
GE Glasgow RE Stoke CI Laois
GF London SW RF Stoke DI Roscommon
GG Glasgow RG Newcastle EI Sligo
GH London SW RH Hull FI Tipperary (N Rdng)
GJ London SW RJ Manchester GI (not used)
GK London SW RK London NW HI Tipperary (S Rdng)
GL Truro RL Truro JI Tyrone
GM Reading RM Carlisle KI Waterford
GN London SW RN Preston LI Westmeath
GO London SW RO Luton MI Wexford
GP London SW RP Northampton NI Wicklow
GR Durnham RR Nottingham OI Belfast
GS Luton RS Aberdeen PI Cork
GT London SW RT Ipswich RI Dublin
GU London SE RU Bournemouth SI (not used)
GV Ipswich RV Portsmouth TI Limerick
GW London SE RW Coventry UI Londonderry
GX London SE RX Reading VI (not used)
GY London SE RY Sheffield WI Waterford
        XI Belfast
HA Dudley SA Aberdeen YI Dublin
HB Cardiff SB Oban    
HC Hastings SC Edinburgh    
HD Huddersfield SD Ayr    
HE Sheffield SE Kieth    
HF Liverpool SF Edinburgh    
HG Preston SG Edinburgh    
HH Carlisle SH St Boswells    
HJ Chelmsford SJ Ayr    
HK Chelmsford SK Wick    
HL Sheffield SL Dundee    
HM London C SM Dumfries    
HN Middlesborough SN Dundee    
HO Salisbury SO Aberdeen    
HP Coventry SP Dundee    
HR Swindon SR Dundee    
HS Glasgow SS Aberdeen    
HT Bristol ST Inverness    
HU Bristol SU Glasgow    
HV London C SV (spare)    
HW Bristol SW Dumfries    
HX London C SX Edinburgh    
HY Bristol SY (spare)    
JA Manchester TA Exeter    
JB Reading TB Warrington    
JC Bangor TC Bristol    
JD London C TD Bolton    
JE Cambridge TE Bolton    
JF Leicester TF Reading    
JG Canterbury TG Cardiff    
JH Reading TH Swansea    
JJ Canterbury TJ Liverpool    
JK Hastings TK Plymouth    
JL Boston TL Lincoln    
JM Reading TM Luton    
JN Chelmsford TN Newcastle    
JO Oxford TO Nottingham    
JP Warrington TP Portsmouth    
JR Newcastle TR Portsmouth    
JS Stornoway TS Dundee    
JT Bournemouth TT Exeter    
JU Leicester TU Chester    
JV Grimsby TV Nottingham    
JW Birmingham TW Chelmsford    
JX Huddersfield TX Cardiff    
JY Plymouth TY Newcastle    

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