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Dateless number plates provide the contemporary vehicle owner with a simple, stylish, and completely legal means of concealing the year that his or her ride was manufactured, standing out from the crowd―for the right reasons―in the process. Consequently, dateless plates are more popular than ever, and their appeal is widening with each passing day.
Dateless number plates can be transferred to any age vehicle since the age-related rule – “you can’t use a registration mark to make a vehicle appear newer than it is” – will not apply. And with far fewer characters than the standard issue reg now on the roads, their short appearance looks absolutely stunning on a vehicle.
Dateless number plates are number plates that (lawfully) omit the two digits that detail when the vehicle at-hand was initially registered.
Following a 2001 number-plate revamp, new plates were made to consist of seven characters: two letters, referred to as the local memory tag, which are issued based upon a vehicle’s purchase location; two numbers, referred to as age identifiers, which are issued based upon a vehicle’s initial date of registration; and three final letters, which are issued randomly.
Number plates’ dating system is straightforward enough. Vehicles registered between the start of August and the end of March are issued age identifiers that correspond directly with the year. For instance, a vehicle registered in March of 2015 would receive a number plate with an age identifier of “15.”
Vehicles registered between the start of September and the end of February are issued age identifiers that correspond with the year plus 50. For example, a vehicle registered in September of 2020 would receive a number plate with an age identifier of “70.”
Before the present number-plate system was instituted, a vehicle’s date of registration was signified by a single letter, which appeared first on number plates. Prior to that, a number plate’s final letter indicated the respective vehicle’s date of registration. Several formatting changes preceded the latter, each of which was designed to accommodate an ever-increasing number of license-seeking drivers.
Additionally, Northern Ireland’s current number plates do not include age identifiers and can be freely transferred to vehicles throughout the UK.
Dateless number plates, especially those with six or even four digits, look tremendous on today’s cutting-edge vehicles.
Aside from obvious laws (all number plates must be registered, cannot be counterfeit or altered, etc.) dateless number plates are governed by one main rule: Plates may not be used to make an older vehicle appear newer. And as virtually all buyers’ actions constitute the opposite―making newer vehicles appear older―there’s very little to be concerned with, legality-wise.
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