What year is my car?

You can find the age of your car by looking at your car registration

Three systems have operated since car registration began. In this guide we explain how to find the exact year of your car based on each of these systems.

IF YOU THINK YOUR CAR WAS REGISTERED AFTER 2001

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IF YOU THINK YOUR CAR WAS REGISTERED BETWEEN 1983 AND 2001

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IF YOU THINK YOUR CAR WAS REGISTERED BETWEEN 1963 AND 1982

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The current system (2001–now)

The current system was developed so new cars could be registered twice a year. New registrations are now released on 1 March and 1 September.

How to read your car registration

EU country identifier (optional)

Age identifier

British car registration plate Eu

Area code

Random letters

EU country identifier—The country in which the vehicle was registered.

Region of registration—The first letter is the area of registration, the second is the local DVLA office.

Age—The year of registration.

Random letters—These are unique to the vehicle and added so the vehicle can be identified.

Car registration years chart—2001 onward

Year

Registrations from 1 March to 31 August

Registrations from 1 September to 28 February

2001/2002

 

51

2002/2003

02

52

2003/2004

03

53

2004/2005

04

54

2005/2006

05

55

2006/2007

05

56

2007/2008

07

57

2008/2009

08

58

2009/2010

09

59

2010/2011

10

60

2011/2012

11

61

2012/2013

12

62

2013/2014

13

63

2014/2015

14

64

2015/2016

15

65

2016/2017

16

66

2017/2018

17

67

2018/2019

18

68

2019/2020

19

69

2020/2021

20

70

The prefix system (1983–2001)

Age identifier

Random numbers

Area code

car number plate

Age identifier—The date of registration.

Random numbers—These are unique to the vehicle and added so the vehicle can be identified.

Area code—The area of registration and the local DVLA office.

Car registration years chart—1983–2001

Year

Letter

1983

A

1984

B

1985

C

1986

D

1987

E

1988

F

1989

G

1990

H

1991

J

1992

K

1993

L

1994

M

1995

N

1996

P

1997

R

1998

S

1999

T

2000

W

2000

X

2001

Y

The suffix system (1963–1982)

Area code

Random numbers

Age identifier

car number plate

Area code—The area of registration and the local DVLA office.

Random numbers— These are unique to the vehicle and added so the vehicle can be identified.

Age identifier—The date of registration.

Car registration years chart—1963–1982

Year

Letter

1963

A

1964

B

1965

C

1966

D

1967

E

1967

F

1968

G

1969

H

1970

J

1971

K

1972

L

1973

M

1974

N

1975

P

1976

R

1977

S

1978

T

1979

V

1980

W

1981

X

1982

Y

National flags on number plates

If you live within the United Kingdom you may display the following on your number plate:

Flags

  • Union Flag
  • Cross of St George
  • Red Dragon of Wales

EU symbol

If you display the Euro symbol and GB identifier, you can travel the EU without a separate GB sticker.

If you don’t have the EU symbol, you’ll need to buy a separate sticker.

Identifiers

These are the bold letters found in front of the licence numbers.

  • UNITED KINGDOM, United Kingdom or UK
  • GREAT BRITAIN, Great Britain or GB
  • ENGLAND, England, ENG, Eng
  • SCOTLAND, Scotland, SCO or Sco
  • WALES or Wales
  • CYMRU, Cymru, CYM or Cym

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