Rules for number plates

The number plates on your vehicle must:

  • be made from a reflective material

  • display black characters on a white background (front plate)

  • display black characters on a yellow background (rear plate)

  • not have a background pattern

Characters on a number plate can be 3D.

Letter spacing, size and style

The characters on a number plate need to be a certain height and size.

Read leaflet INF104: vehicle registration numbers and number plates - height and size measurement, for more information.

Identity documents

You can use 1 the following to confirm your name and address:

  • driving licence

  • utility, Council Tax or rates bill from the last 6 months

  • bank or building society statement from the last 6 months

  • national identity card

The following will confirm your name only:

  • passport - does not have to be issued in the UK

  • bank or building society debit or credit card

  • police warrant card

  • armed forces identity card