When does the new ‘68’ Registration Come Out?

Added: 31 August 2018

When does the new ‘68’ Registration Come Out?

By now you’ve probably noticed a lot of talk about the new ’68 plate’, we’re on hand to tell you all about the new plate and also provide a little bit more information around the structure and basis of the UK number plate system. The new ’68 plate’ will be in showrooms from 1st September!

If you’re anything like us, when you’re abroad you might find yourself looking at their number plates and try to establish some form of code for what each section means. Looking at models and trying to work out if you can see how old it is from the number plate. Well, if you are like me, you would have had no success and still be as puzzled today as the day you set foot on foreign soil.

Luckily for us, the UK car number plate system is incredibly simple to follow.  On a new car registration plate, you can tell when a car was registered and where it was registered (unless of course they are using a private number plate). The current system was introduced in September 2001 and has been working successfully now for almost two decades.

What do the letters mean?

The current structure for UK car number plates is as follows: LL NN LLL where L represents a letter and N represents a number. The opening two letters are a ‘local memory tag’ that identifies where the car has been registered. As an example, any combination from LA – LY means the car was registered in London, while MA – MY is Manchester and Merseyside. Different areas across the country have a unique opening two letters so you can establish where a car has been registered. The last three letters of the number plate are randomly generated by a computer to ensure each plate is unique. They are then manually checked by humans to ensure there is no profanity or words of offensive nature established by the generation. 

What do the numbers mean?

The numbers within the number plate represent when the car has been registered. If the vehicle was made in March of this year, it is represented by an 18, from the 1st September this will change to 68. The rule for this is very simple. If the vehicle was made in March the year will be displayed by two digits which represent the last two digits of the actual year the car was made (18 in 2018). Any vehicles produced in September, feature the same system but with an added 50 (68 in 2018).

This current system is set to run until at least February 2051 when it will be reviewed, so it will be with us for the mid-to-long-term future.  New plates are often considered extremely desirable as it showcases your vehicle is brand new, and you can check out all our latest offers for 68 plate cars online today! To learn more about the vehicle registration system and to register your interest in one of the Broad Oak Motor Group 68 plate offers, get in touch with our friendly team today!







Meta Text By now you’ve probably noticed a lot of talk about the new ’68 plate’, we’re on hand to tell you all about the new plate and also provide a little bit more information around the structure and basis of the UK number plate system. The new ’68 plate’ will be in showrooms from 1st September!

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