When do the September ’72 number plates come out?

    '72 number plates

    New reg plates drop twice a year, once in March, and once again in September, and when they do arrive on the market, they will usually affect the value of your car.

    What year is the ’72 plate?

    The ’72 plate is for cars registered after September 2022. Other cars may have been registered in 2022, but if this was before September, they will have a March registration plate – and show as ’22 instead. 

    When is the DVLA ’72 plate release date?

    The ’72 plate will launch on the 1st of September 2022. The September plates are released at this time every year and are based on the last two figures of the year, plus fifty. So, for example, for 2023, it will be ’73. 

    How do the DVLA ’72 number plates work?

    Any car purchased after 2001 will have a plate that follows a certain format:

    • Two numbers representing when the car was registered 
    • Two letters representing the region where the car was registered (one for the general area, the second for the specific office)
    • Three more random letters

    In March this year, the numbers that represent the ‘when’ part of the registration will just be the numbers of the year, e.g., in March 2022, a reg will feature the number 22. In September, it’s the year plus 50, so the same car registered six months later would have 70 in the reg. Here’s a few more examples for a car registered in London (L) at Borehamwood (represented by K, L, M, N, O, P, R, S, and T):

    Year of purchasePurchased after MarchPurchased after September
    2002LK02 MTWLK52 MTW
    2003LK03 MTW LK53 MTW
    2015LK15 MTW LK65 MTW
    2022LK22 MTWLK72 MTW

    Regional identifiers don’t use I, Q, and Z. In fact, Z will only appear on a reg if it was selected as one of the three random letters at the end. 

    When is the DVLA ’72 plate release date?
    A car that looks ready for ’72 reg plates in September 2022

    ’72 plate rules

    The general rules around car registration plates won’t change with the arrival of the ’72 plate. Both the back and front of a vehicle need to show reg plates. Some other key rules include:

    • White plates on the front, yellow on the back (unless a car was registered before 1973)
    • Numbers and letters must be 79 millimetres tall
    • There must be a space between the numbers that mark the year and the three random letters
    • All registration plates must be in a specific font which has been in use since 2001

    For car owners, you are not allowed to change or purposefully obscure your reg number. You can be fined up to £1,000 for doing so – and any car without clear reg plates will also fail its MOT.

    Other additions to new ’72 plates

    Depending on where you plan to drive your car and what sort of car it is, there are some things that can (or must) be added to a registration plate.

    UK cars that will be driven abroad must have nationality identifiers on their plates too, namely the Union flag and, previously, ‘GB’. Though, in September 2021, this changed to ‘UK’. 

    Drivers of electric vehicles and cars with zero CO2 emissions can use plates that have a green tab, either as the colour background to the nationality identification or simply as a block colour tab. It’s an optional addition, though, so not all zero-emissions cars will automatically be given a green tab.

    new ’72 plates

    Why do ’72 plates affect my car value? 

    It’s not the ’72 plates themselves that impact value so much as the fact that they represent the newest cars on the market. With that in mind, if you’re looking to sell your car then getting in before September is usually a good idea. Your car may be worth more now than it will after the new plates simply because it will have newer models to compete against. 

    Where can you buy ’72 plates?

    You don’t actually need to have a new car (or a car at all!) in order to get a ’72 plate. You can buy a ’72 plate online and hold it on what’s known as a retaining certificate. With this, you can then use it on a vehicle in the future. This is usually used for personalised private number plates, though, so it’s relatively unlikely that you’ll come across a ’72 plate that isn’t denoting the actual age of the vehicle.

    If you’re looking to sell your car, you’ll probably find you get a better price before the new plates launch. Motorway allows you to find your best offer from a verified car dealer, helping you find the best price to sell your car quickly.

    Looking to sell your car?

    If you’re looking to sell your car, you’ll probably find you get a better price before the new plates launch. Motorway allows you to find great offers from more than 5,000+ verified car dealers, helping you to find the best price to sell your car quickly. Get a valuation now.

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