Plate Change... What Does It Mean? | RMB Automotive

Plate Change

If you’re thinking about buying a new car, chances are you’ll be waiting for the latest models to arrive which means you’ll have the latest number plate registration.

Currently, all vehicles are registered with an ‘18’ license plate, but that won’t last forever. Come September, all new vehicles will be registered with a ‘68’ license plate.

Since 1999, license plates have changed twice a year in the UK, however it wasn’t until 2001 that the location tag and age identifier were introduced into the license plate.


The location tag, or the first two letters of the license plate, identify where the vehicle was registered, whilst the age identifier, or the first two numbers on the license plate, identify the year of registration. For example, NU18 would show that the vehicle was registered in the North – either Newcastle or Stockton - in 2018. The first registration, currently 18 plates, are available from March to September. In September, the date will change to ‘68’ to highlight the second registration of vehicles in 2018.

If you’re looking for your perfect new car but want to wait for the 68 registration, don’t worry. At RMB we’re gearing up for the plate change with some amazing offers, so keep posted for all of our latest deals online, on our social media, or by visiting our showroom.