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Displaying Your UK Number Plate: The Guide To Legal Compliance

As the world transitions from printed to 4D number plates, it's vital to understand the legal aspects associated with displaying your UK number plates. Here at Private Plate King, we ensure our products meet the highest quality standards and comply with the UK law, as specified by the DVLA.

Why Are 'Number Plate Spacing' Rules Essential?

Regulated by the Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001 (BSAU 145e), the spacing and arrangement of characters on your number plates play a crucial role in preventing car crimes such as theft and vehicle cloning. Proper number plate spacing ensures easy identification of the vehicle and its rightful owner, thereby reducing offences.

Key guidelines for character placement and spacing include:

  1. Characters must be 79mm tall.
  2. Characters (except the number 1 or letter I) must be 50mm wide.
  3. The character stroke (the thickness of the black print) must be 14mm.
  4. The space between characters must be 11mm.
  5. The space between the age identifier and the random letters must be 33mm.
  6. The margins at the top, bottom, and side of the plate must be 11mm.
  7. Vertical space between the age identifier and the random letters must be 19mm.

Respecting these rules helps to curb car crimes and maintain compliance with the rules of displaying number plates.

Products: Best 4D Number Plates Near Me

At Private Plate King, we offer a range of high-quality 4D number plates. Whether you're looking for 3mm or 5mm plates, or perhaps something more decorative like our Neon Krystal plates, we've got you covered. Here are some of the best picks:

  1. Shop 4D Acrylic Number Plates 5mm
  2. Shop 4D Acrylic Number Plates 3mm
  3. Shop 4D 5mm Neon Acrylic Number Plates

Note: All our products comply with the British standards for number plates, thus ensuring your vehicle remains road-legal.

How To Purchase Your Number Plates Legally?

When ordering your number plates from us, you need to provide certain documents to ensure a lawful purchase process. The DVLA requires these documents to verify the rightful owner of the vehicle registration number.

Identity Documents:

You can use 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

Proving You Can Use The Registration Number:

You must have one of the following to show you're allowed to display the registration number:

  • Vehicle registration certificate (V5C or V5CNI)
  • New keeper supplement (V5C/2 or V5C/2NI)
  • Certificate of entitlement (V750 or V750NI) to the number
  • Retention document (V778)

Remember, these steps are essential to ensure legal compliance and to protect against vehicle cloning and other car crimes.


Following the right guidelines for displaying your UK number plate and purchasing it from a trusted provider can 

Purchase with Confidence, Purchase with Private Plate King

At Private Plate King, we value the integrity of our industry and work tirelessly to maintain the UK standards for number plates. Our commitment to preventing car crime and promoting vehicle registration legality underpins every transaction. We make it our mission to ensure that each plate we provide corresponds to the rightful owner, making the purchase process a breeze while ensuring the law is upheld.

Let's dig deeper into the reasons why purchasing number plates from a trusted source is paramount.

Understanding the Risks of Illegal Number Plates

The unfortunate reality is that car crime, including theft and the illegal selling of number plates, continues to grow. Some suppliers make it easy for criminals to purchase number plates they don't legally own, leading to vehicle cloning and other serious offences. In a world where the replacement plates industry isn't always held to account, it's crucial to purchase from providers committed to regulation and transparency.

The Legal Side of Things

In the UK, the law stipulates that the DVLA must ensure that anyone ordering a number plate is the legal owner of the corresponding vehicle registration.

To this end, the DVLA requests certain documents:

  1. Identity Documents - These confirm your name and address, examples being your driving license, a utility bill or bank statement from the last 6 months, or a national identity card.
  2. Proof of Registration - To prove you are allowed to display the registration number, you'll need to provide a document such as the vehicle registration certificate (V5C), a new keeper supplement (V5C/2), a certificate of entitlement (V750), or similar documents.

The regulation of number plates is in place to reduce car crime and cloning as much as possible. We fully comply with these regulations, working hard to ensure your plates are rightfully yours.

Getting Your Number Plates Right

Now, it's important to note the distinction between show plates and replacement plates. While show plates are for exhibition purposes only, replacement plates, which comply with British Standards, are legal for use on UK roads.

To legally display your number plates, they must adhere to specific size and spacing regulations.

  • Characters must be 79mm tall
  • Characters (except the number 1 or letter I) must be 50mm wide
  • The character stroke (the thickness of the black print) must be 14mm
  • The space between characters must be 11mm
  • The space between the age identifier and the random letters must be 33mm
  • The margins at the top, bottom, and side of the plate must be 11mm
  • Vertical space between the age identifier and the random letters must be 19mm

Explore Our High-quality Collection of Number Plates

At Private Plate King, we take pride in offering an extensive collection of high-quality number plates. Whether you're looking for the classic look of Printed Acrylic Number Plates or the bold, sophisticated feel of 4D Acrylic Number Plates, we've got you covered. And for a truly unique touch, consider our 3D Gel Resin Acrylic Number Plates.

All of our products comply with UK legal 

Compliance and Authenticity

All of our products comply with UK legal requirements, and they undergo rigorous quality checks to ensure they stand the test of time. Regardless of the plate style you opt for, our products are built to resist harsh weather conditions, giving you peace of mind and confidence in your purchase.

Our plates are crafted with precision, and we do not compromise on quality. The alphanumeric characters on our plates are exceptionally clear, ensuring maximum readability and conformity to UK road laws.

Personalized Service

At Private Plate King, we pride ourselves on delivering a personalised and efficient service. Our team of dedicated specialists understand the value of number plates as personal expressions and investments. We are on hand to offer expert advice on selection, purchase, and care of your plates, ensuring your experience with us is smooth and gratifying.

Customisation Options

To further enhance the individuality of your vehicle, we offer a range of customisation options. You can choose from a variety of border colours, badge options, and plate sizes to match your aesthetic preference and vehicle type. Rest assured, every detail is meticulously crafted to reflect your personal taste and style.

Fast and Secure Delivery

We understand the excitement that comes with purchasing a new number plate, and we do our utmost to get your purchase to you as soon as possible. Once your order has been processed and your documents verified, we aim to deliver your plates within 1-3 working days. We use trusted couriers to ensure your plates arrive in perfect condition, and all our deliveries are tracked for your peace of mind.


At Private Plate King, our commitment goes beyond merely selling number plates. We are devoted to promoting legality, providing top-notch quality, and delivering unparalleled customer service. Choose us for your next number plate purchase, and become part of a community committed to upholding the integrity of our industry.

In a world where trust and legitimacy are paramount, choose Private Plate King – the trusted name in private number plates.

For more information, visit Private Plate King, or call us on 01392 340939 for a personalised consultation.