Dateless number plates are a great way to afford an older vehicle a little dignity in its later years. Dateless, in this sense, means that the registration does not contain a year identifier, such as a suffix or prefix letter, or the numerical code used in the current vehicle registration format. Our dateless plates are categorised according to whether they were issued in Northern Ireland or in another region of the UK there are minor differences in the range of characters used , but all our dateless numbers are available for transfer to any UK vehicle in any part of the country. To see the widest choice, make sure to look at both categories. If you were looking for a registration with 2 letters and 1 number, you would use the '2 x 1' search.
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This page: Find out more about the date of registration of a vintage or classic car from it's reg. Pre vehicle registration numbers. Being able to shed light on when a car was registered can be a big help when it comes to dating not only old cars and other vehicles, but also photographs that feature older road-registered vehicles. A search through this section of the oldclassiccar site should help with researching an older car's history. There are over pages in this section, the data grouped together by registration number location letters. The location letters are the one or two letters of the alphabet that appear on older vehicles' numberplates which relate to a particular licensing office. A look at the ND letter code page confirms that this was a Manchester-area letter code.
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For best matches please enter at least two or three letters. When it became obvious that the motor car was here to stay, and that its popularity was rapidly growing, the British government took various steps to introduce regulation and control. It also recognised the need to be able to identify and trace vehicles in the event of accidents, their being used in the execution of crime or their being stolen.
Go to the Archive index. The letter prefix indicated which local authority issued the registration mark as listed in the table below. The same two-letter local authority codes were used with an extra letter in front.