We’re up to 66 now!

We’re Up To 66 Now!

The 66 number plate debuts on new vehicles today! With that in mind, we thought we’d explain how you can tell the age of a car just by looking at its registration plate.

Number System

Car registrations changed from every year to twice annually in 1999. Not long after, in September 2001, the present car number plate system was ushered in. It’s made up of three main sections, as seen in the accompanying image (N.B. The country symbol is optional):

1) The initial two letters show where the car was registered. The first stands for the region and the second represents a DVLA local branch.

2) The two digits in the centre show the age of the car within a six month period of time – March to August and September to February. The age identifying numbers change every year on 1 March and 1 September.

3) The last three letters are arbitrary and make the vehicle distinctive.

Number Plate Years

To help you spot how old vehicles are, here are the number plate years and their age identifiers from 1999.

• 1999 S/T/V
• 2000 V/W/X
• 2001 X/Y/51
• 2002 02/52
• 2003 03/53
• 2004 04/54
• 2005 05/55
• 2006 06/56
• 2007 07/57
• 2008 08/58
• 2009 09/59
• 2010 10/60
• 2011 11/61
• 2012 12/62
• 2013 13/63
• 2014 14/64
• 2015 15/65
• 2016 16/66 … and so on.

New Cars

According to the DVLA, the format will be revised in 2050 – that’s enough time for us all to become experts on the present system! In the meantime check out the latest 66-reg cars available at Perrys, or pop in to see us.