What are DVLA approved number plates?

Make sure you're buying legal plates.

Demon Plates are proud to say that we only sell road legal number plates. However most people are not exactly sure what makes a number plate legal and why they risk a fine and an MOT failure when using a cheap plate from online sellers on eBay and other websites.

To make sure you know what to look forward, we have our checklist that we stick to when creating your plates using our online plate builder.

Number Plate Font.

There is only one font that is legal in the UK, so any vehicle being used on the public highway has to have a number plate that uses this font.

DVLA approved number plates

Number Plate Font Size.

The mandatory font has to be a required size, 79mm in height is the legal size. The width is 50mm, but obviously if your number plate uses the number one, then the width will be different.

Plate Font Spacing.

The spacing between the letters must be 11mm and the spacing between the two groups of letters needs to be 33mm.

The Plate Itself

The number plates need to be reflective with a plain background. The rear number plate needs to have a yellow background and the front plate needs to have a white background. Vehicles constructed before 1st January 1973 may use the black and white plates.

The plate also needs to feature a name, trademark or other means of identification of the plate manufacturer.

Legal Documents

In order to buy a legal number plate in the uk, you must provide ID and a valid DVLA approved document. For a list of valid documents, please read our legal plates page.

Design your Number Plate

The DemonPlates Number Plate Maker allows you to design a registration plate using a number of advanced customisation options. When you enter your new registration number you are shown a preview of the plate in seconds.

Number Plate Maker

These articles are provided for entertainment purposes. You are advised to refer to the Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 1971 for legal information and our Terms and Conditions before using our plate maker to design your Number Plates.

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