Vehicle Registration Number Area Codes and Format - From September 2001
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1 September 2001 - Current format introduced for all new vehicles registered.
The format is made up of two letters, no space, two numbers, one space and three further letters.
First two letters - DVLA memory tag, identifying the area where the vehicle registered. The first letter relates to the area, the second letter relates to the specific postal area.
The following two numbers indicate the period the vehicle was registered (This is known as the age identifier).
The last three letters are random.
Below are the area codes and the postal area codes.
Area where the vehicle was registered. In this case it was registered within the Peterborough postal area.
Age identifier. In the case of this vehicle, it would have been registered between 1st March 2016 and 31st August 2016
These three letters are random letters.
A - Anglia
AA, AB, AC, AD, AE, AF, AG, AH, AJ, AK, AL, AM, AN AO, AP, AR, AS, AT, AU AV, AW, AX, AY
Peterborough postal area Norwich postal area Ipswich postal area
B - Birmingham
BA, BB, BC, BD, BE, BF, BG, BH, BJ, BK, BL, BM, BN, BO, BP, BR, BS, BT, BU, BV, BW, BX, BY
Birmingham postal area
C - Cymru
CA, CB, CC, CD, CE, CF, CG, CH, CJ, CK, CL, CM, CN, CO CP, CR, CS, CT, CU, CV CW, CX, CY
Cardiff postal area Swansea postal area Bangor postal area
D - Deeside to Shrewsbury
DA, DB, DC, DD, DE, DF, DG, DH, DJ, DK DL, DM, DN, DO, DP, DR, DS, DT, DU, DV, DW, DX, DY
Chester postal area Shrewsbury postal area
E - Essex
EA, EB, EC, ED, EE, EF, EG, EH, EJ, EK, EL, EM, EN, EO, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EV, EW, EX, EY Chelmsford postal area
F - Forest and Fens
FA, FB, FC, FD, FE, FF, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FL, FM, FN, FP FR, FS, FT, FV, FW, FX, FY
Nottingham postal area Lincoln postal area
G - Garden of England
GA, GB, GC, GD, GE, GF, GG, GH, GJ, GK, GL, GM, GN, GO GP, GR, GS, GT, GU, GV, GW, GX, GY
Maidstone postal area Brighton postal area
H - Hampshire and Dorset
HA, HB, HC, HD, HE, HF, HG, HH, HJ HK, HL, HM, HN, HO, HP, HR, HS, HT, HU, HV, HW*, HX, HY
Bournemouth postal area Portsmouth postal area
(*HW - exclusive to Isle of Wight residents )
K - No mnemonic
KA, KB, KC, KD, KE, KF, KG, KH, KJ, KK, KL KM, KN, KO, KP, KR, KS, KT, KU, KV, KW, KX, KY
Borehamwood postal area (formally Luton) Northampton postal area
L - London
LA, LB, LC, LD, LE, LF, LG, LH, LJ LK, LL, LM, LN, LO, LP, LR, LS, LT LU, LV, LW, LX, LY
Wimbledon postal area Borehamwood postal area (formally Stanmore) Sidcup
M - Manchester and Merseyside
MA, MB, MC, MD, ME, MF, MG, MH, MJ, MK, ML, MM, MN, MO, MP, MR, MS, MT, MU, MV, MW, MX, MY
Manchester postal area
( MN and MAN reserved for the Isle of Man )
N - North
NA, NB, NC, ND, NE, NF, NG, NH, NJ, NK, NL, NM, NN, NO NP, NR, NS, NT, NU, NV, NW, NX, NY
Newcastle postal area Stockton postal area
O - Oxford
OA, OB, OC, OD, OE, OF, OG, OH, OJ, OK, OL, OM, ON, OO, OP, OR, OS, OT, OU, OV, OW, OX, OY
Oxford postal area
P - Preston
PA, PB, PC, PD, PE, PF, PG, PH, PJ, PK, PL, PM, PN, PO, PP, PR, PS, PT PU, PV, PW, PX, PY
Preston postal area Carlisle postal area
R - Reading
RA, RB, RC, RD, RE, RF, RG, RH, RJ, RK, RL, RM, RN, RO, RP, RR, RS, RT, RU, RV, RW, RX, RY
Theale postal area
S - Scotland
SA, SB, SC, SD, SE, SF, SG, SH, SJ SK, SL, SM, SN, SO SP, SR, SS, ST
Glasgow postal area Edinburgh postal area Dundee postal area
SU, SV, SW SX, SY
Aberdeen postal area Inverness postal area
V - Severn Valley
VA, VB, VC, VD, VE, VF, VG, VH, VJ, VK, VL, VM, VN, VO, VP, VR, VS, VT, VU, VV, VW, VX, VY
Worcester postal area
W - West of England
WA, WB, WC, WD, WE, WF, WG, WH, WJ WK, WL
Exeter postal area Truro postal area
WM, WN, WO, WP, WR, WS, WT, WU, WV, WW, WX, WY
Bristol postal area
Y - Yorkshire
YA, YB, YC, YD, YE, YF, YG, YH, YJ, YK YL, YM, YN, YO, YP, YR, YS, YT, YU YV, YW, YX, YY Leeds postal area Sheffield postal area Beverley postal area