UK Registration Letters and Area Codes

We have lists of:

What year is it ? abc 123 S is a 1979 S-Reg.

Where was it registered ? 3 lists:

  • 1974 - 1999   By town of where the Local Registering Office was.   xAF 123 would be Truro (which is in Cornwall)
  • Pre-1974   By area of where that Registering Office issued codes for.   xAF 123 would be Cornwall (issued by the Truro office)
            These 2 lists may have inconsistencies, and may be wrong in some cases. If you can clarify, please let us know.
            The 1974 split - can anyone confirm a reorganisation around that date ?

     
  • Post 1999 'Memory Tags', the new system.  WK nn abc or WL nn abc would be issued by Truro, Cornwall (because W means West Country, and K is for Kernow which is Cornish for Cornwall)

What year is it ? From 1963 a suffix, then prefix, indicates the 'year'.

Suffix Letters - ABC 123 A
A 1 Feb 1963 31 Dec 1963
B 1 Jan 1964 31 Dec 1964
C 1 Jan 1965 31 Dec 1965
D 1 Jan 1966 31 Dec 1966
E 1 Jan 1967 31 Jul 1967
F 1 Aug 1967 31 Jul 1968
G 1 Aug 1968 31 Jul 1969
H 1 Aug 1969 31 Jul 1970
J 1 Aug 1970 31 Jul 1971
K 1 Aug 1971 31 Jul 1972
L 1 Aug 1972 31 Jul 1973
M 1 Aug 1973 31 Jul 1974
N 1 Aug 1974 31 Jul 1975
P 1 Aug 1975 31 Jul 1976
R 1 Aug 1976 31 Jul 1977
S 1 Aug 1977 31 Jul 1978
T 1 Aug 1978 31 Jul 1979
V 1 Aug 1979 31 Jul 1980
W 1 Aug 1980 31 Jul 1981
X 1 Aug 1981 31 Jul 1982
Y 1 Aug 1982 31 Jul 1983
Prefix - A 123 ABC
A 1 Aug 1983 31 Jul 1984
B 1 Aug 1984 31 Jul 1985
C 1 Aug 1985 31 Jul 1986
D 1 Aug 1986 31 Jul 1987
E 1 Aug 1987 31 Jul 1988
F 1 Aug 1988 31 Jul 1989
G 1 Aug 1989 31 Jul 1990
H 1 Aug 1990 31 Jul 1991
J 1 Aug 1991 31 Jul 1992
K 1 Aug 1992 31 Jul 1993
L 1 Aug 1993 31 Jul 1994
M 1 Aug 1994 31 Jul 1995
N 1 Aug 1995 31 Jul 1996
P 1 Aug 1996 31 Jul 1997
R 1 Aug 1997 31 Jul 1998
S 1 Aug 1998 28 Feb 1999
T 1 Mar 1999 31 Jul 1999
V 1 Aug 1999 28 Feb 2000
W 1 Mar 2000 31 Jul 2000
X 1 Aug 2000 28 Feb 2001
Y 1 Mar 2001 31 Aug 2001
Current System - AB 51 ABC
51 1 Sep 2001 28 Feb 2002
02 1 Mar 2002 31 Aug 2002
52 1 Sep 2002 28 Feb 2003
03 1 Mar 2003 31 Aug 2003
53 1 Sep 2003 28 Feb 2004
04 1 Mar 2004 31 Aug 2004
54 1 Sep 2004 28 Feb 2005
05 1 Mar 2005 31 Aug 2005
55 1 Sep 2005 28 Feb 2006
06 1 Mar 2006 31 Aug 2006
56 1 Sep 2006 28 Feb 2007
07 1 Mar 2007 28 Aug 2007
57 1 Sep 2007 28 Feb 2008
08 1 Mar 2008 28 Aug 2008
58 1 Sep 2008 28 Feb 2009
09 1 Mar 2009 28 Aug 2009
59 1 Sep 2009 28 Feb 2010

 

Q registrations

Q 123 ABC
are generally Kit Cars, or other vehicles where the original age is undetermined.
Q registrations started in 1983.

Pre 1999 codes by Town of Issuing Office.   xAF 123  would be Truro (which is in Cornwall).

There may be arrors in this 'official' list. From a correspondent who used to work in the Gloucester office: "VJ and CJ are Herefordshire and FO is Powys. ...numbers issued from the now-defunct Gloucester office. If you live in these areas and want that particular area mark, its worth asking the Worcester office nicely"

From another correspondent "... in Hertfordshire the original letters were AR JH NK RO which are given [in this list] as Chelmsford, Reading and (2) Luton. Luton was in Bedfordshire and accordingly would have used BM MJ NM TM "

This list may well date from the reorganisation of 1974, when Local Vehicle Registration Agencies were set up. At that time, there was some shuffling of previous Counties and County Boroughs letter allocations into amalgamated new boundaries. So this list may be particularly relevant for vehicles registered between 1974 - 1999.

AA Bournemouth
AB Worcester
AC Coventry
AD Gloucester
AE Bristol
AF Truro
AG Hull
AH Norwich
AI Meath
AJ Middlesbrough
AK Sheffield
AL Nottingham
AM Swindon
AN Reading
AO Carlisle
AP Brighton
AR Chelmsford
AS Inverness
AT Hull
AU Nottingham
AV Peterborough
AW Shrewsbury
AX Cardiff
AY Leicester
AZ Belfast

BA Manchester
BB Newcastle upon Tyne
BC Leicester
BD Northampton
BE Lincoln
BF Stoke-on-Trent
BG Liverpool
BH Luton
BI Monaghan
BJ Ipswich
BK Portsmouth
BL Reading
BM Luton
BN Manchester
BO Cardiff
BP Portsmouth
BR Newcastle upon Tyne
BS Inverness
BT Leeds
BU Manchester
BV Preston
BW Oxford
BX Haverfordwest
BY London NW
BZ Down

 

CA Chester
CB Manchester
CC Bangor
CD Brighton
CE Peterborough
CF Reading
CG Bournemouth
CH Nottingham
CI Laois
CJ Gloucester
CK Preston
CL Norwich
CM Liverpool
CN Newcastle upon Tyne
CO Exeter
CP Huddersfield
CR Portsmouth
CS Glasgow
CT Lincoln
CU Newcastle upon Tyne
CV Truro
CW Preston
CX Huddersfield
CY Swansea
CZ Belfast
DA Birmingham
DB Manchester
DC Middlesbrough
DD Gloucester
DE Haverfordwest
DF Gloucester
DG Gloucester
DH Dudley
DI Roscommon
DJ Liverpool
DK Manchester
DL Portsmouth
DM Chester
DN Leeds
DO Lincoln
DP Reading
DR Exeter
DS Glasgow
DT Sheffield
DU Coventry
DV Exeter
DW Cardiff
DX Ipswich
DY Brighton
DZ Antrim
EA Dudley
EB Peterborough
EC Preston
ED Liverpool
EE Lincoln
EF Middlesbrough
EG Peterborough
EH Stoke-on-Trent
EI Sligo
EJ Haverfordwest
EK Liverpool
EL Bournemouth
EM Liverpool
EN Manchester
EO Preston
EP Swansea
ER Peterborough
ES Dundee
ET Sheffield
EU Bristol
EV Chelmsford
EW Peterborough
EX Norwich
EY Bangor
EZ Belfast
FA Stoke-on-Trent
FB Bristol
FC Oxford
FD Dudley
FE Lincoln
FF Bangor
FG Brighton
FH Gloucester
FI Tipperary (N. Riding)
FJ Exeter
FK Dudley
FL Peterborough
FM Chester
FN Maidstone
FO Gloucester
FP Leicester
FR Preston
FS Edinburgh
FT Newcastle upon Tyne
FU Lincoln
FV Preston
FW Lincoln
FX Bournemouth
FY Liverpool
FZ Belfast

GA Glasgow
GB Glasgow
GC London SW
GD Glasgow
GE Glasgow
GF London SW
GG Glasgow
GH London SW
GI Tipperary (S. Riding)
GJ London SW
GK London SW
GL Truro
GM Reading
GN London SW
GO London SW
GP London SW
GR Newcastle upon Tyne
GS Luton
GT London SW
GU London SE
GV Ipswich
GW London SE
GX London SE
GY London SE
GZ Belfast

 

HA Dudley
HB Cardiff
HC Brighton
HD Huddersfield
HE Sheffield
HF Liverpool
HG Preston
HH Carlisle
HI Tipperary (S. Riding)
HJ Chelmsford
HK Chelmsford
HL Sheffield
HM London (Central)
HN Middlesbrough
HO Bournemouth
HP Coventry
HR Swindon
HS Glasgow
HT Bristol
HU Bristol
HV London (Central)
HW Bristol
HX London (Central)
HY Bristol
HZ Tyrone
IA Antrim
IB Armagh
IC Carlow
ID Cavan
IE Clare
IF Cork
IH Donegal
IJ Down
IK Dublin
IL Fermanagh
IM Galway
IN Kerry
IO Kildare
IP Kilkenny
IR Offaly
IS Mayo
IT Leitrim
IU Limerick
IV Limerick
IW Coleraine (not Londonderry?)
IX Longford
IY Louth
IZ Mayo
JA Manchester
JB Reading
JC Bangor
JD London (Central)
JE Peterborough
JF Leicester
JG Maidstone
JH Reading
JI Tyrone
JJ Maidstone
JK Brighton
JL Lincoln
JM Reading
JN Chelmsford
JO Oxford
JP Liverpool
JR Newcastle upon Tyne
JS Inverness
JT Bournemouth
JU Leicester
JV Lincoln
JW Birmingham
JX Huddersfield
JY Exeter
JZ Down
KA Liverpool
KB Liverpool
KC Liverpool
KD Liverpool
KE Maidstone
KF Liverpool
KG Cardiff
KH Hull
KI Waterford
KJ Maidstone
KK Maidstone
KL Maidstone
KM Maidstone
KN Maidstone
KO Maidstone
KP Maidstone
KR Maidstone
KS Edinburgh
KT Maidstone
KU Sheffield
KV Coventry
KW Sheffield
KX Luton
KY Sheffield
KZ Antrim
LA London NW
LB London NW
LC London NW
LD London NW
LE London NW
LF London NW
LG Chester
LH London NW
LI Westmeath
LJ Bournemouth
LK London NW
LL London NW
LM London NW
LN London NW
LO London NW
LP London NW
LR London NW
LS Edinburgh
LT London NW
LU London NW
LV Liverpool
LW London NW
LX London NW
LY London NW
LZ Armagh
MA Chester
MB Chester
MC London NE
MD London NE
ME London NE
MF London NE
MG London NE
MH London NE
MI Wexford
MJ Luton
MK London NE
ML London NE
MM London NE
MO Reading
MP London NE
MR Swindon
MS Edinburgh
MT London NE
MU London NE
MV London SE
MW Swindon
MX London SE
MY London SE
MZ Belfast

NA Manchester
NB Manchester
NC Manchester
ND Manchester
NE Manchester
NF Manchester
NG Norwich
NH Northampton
NI Wicklow
NJ Brighton
NK Luton
NL Newcastle upon Tyne
NM Luton
NN Nottingham
NO Chelmsford
NP Worcester
NR Leicester
NS Glasgow
NT Shrewsbury
NU Nottingham
NV Northampton
NW Leeds
NX Dudley
NY Cardiff
NZ Coleraine (not Londonderry?)

 

OA Birmingham
OB Birmingham
OC Birmingham
OD Exeter
OE Birmingham
OF Birmingham
OG Birmingham
OH Birmingham
OI Belfast
OJ Birmingham
OK Birmingham
OL Birmingham
OM Birmingham
ON Birmingham
OO Chelmsford
OP Birmingham
OR Portsmouth
OS Glasgow
OT Portsmouth
OU Bristol
OV Birmingham
OW Portsmouth
OX Birmingham
OY London NW
OZ Belfast

PA Guildford
PB Guildford
PC Guildford
PD Guildford
PE Guildford
PF Guildford
PG Guildford
PH Guildford
PI Cork
PJ Guildford
PK Guildford
PL Guildford
PM Guildford
PN Brighton
PO Portsmouth
PP Luton
PR Bournemouth
PS Aberdeen
PT Newcastle upon Tyne
PU Chelmsford
PV Ipswich
PW Norwich
PX Portsmouth
PY Middlesbrough
PZ Belfast

RA Nottingham
RB Nottingham
RC Nottingham
RD Reading
RE Stoke-on-Trent
RF Stoke-on-Trent
RG Newcastle upon Tyne
RH Hull
RI Dublin
RJ Manchester
RK London NW
RL Truro
RM Carlisle
RN Preston
RO Luton
RP Northampton
RR Nottingham
RS Aberdeen
RT Ipswich
RU Bournemouth
RV Portsmouth
RW Coventry
RX Reading
RY Leicester
RZ Antrim

SA Aberdeen
SB Glasgow
SC Edinburgh
SCY Truro (Scilly)
SD Glasgow
SE Aberdeen
SF Edinburgh
SG Edinburgh
SH Edinburgh
SI Dublin
SJ Glasgow
SK Inverness
SL Dundee
SM Glasgow
SN Dundee
SO Aberdeen
SP Dundee
SR Dundee
SS Aberdeen
ST Inverness
SU Glasgow
SV
SW Glasgow
SX Edinburgh
SY
SZ Down

 

TA Exeter
TB Liverpool
TC Bristol
TD Manchester
TE Manchester
TF Reading
TG Cardiff
TH Swansea
TI Limerick
TJ Liverpool
TK Exeter
TL Lincoln
TM Luton
TN Newcastle upon Tyne
TO Nottingham
TP Portsmouth
TR Portsmouth
TS Dundee
TT Exeter
TU Chester
TV Nottingham
TW Chelmsford
TX Cardiff
TY Newcastle upon Tyne
TZ Belfast
UA Leeds
UB Leeds
UC London (Central)
UD Oxford
UE Dudley
UF Brighton
UG Leeds
UH Cardiff
UI Londonderry
UJ Shrewsbury
UK Birmingham
UL London (Central)
UM Leeds
UN Exeter
UO Exeter
UP Newcastle upon Tyne
UR Luton
US Glasgow
UT Leicester
UU London (Central)
UV London (Central)
UW London (Central)
UX Shrewsbury
UY Worcester
UZ Belfast
VA Peterborough
VB Maidstone
VC Coventry
VE Peterborough
VF Norwich
VG Norwich
VH Huddersfield
VJ Gloucester
VK Newcastle upon Tyne
VL Lincoln
VM Manchester
VN Middlesbrough
VO Nottingham
VP Birmingham
VR Manchester
VS Luton
VT Stoke-on-Trent
VU Manchester
VV Northampton
VW Chelmsford
VX Chelmsford
VY Leeds
VZ Tyrone
WA Sheffield
WB Sheffield
WC Chelmsford
WD Dudley
WE Sheffield
WF Sheffield
WG Sheffield
WH Manchester
WI Waterford
WJ Sheffield
WK Coventry
WL Oxford
WM Liverpool
WN Swansea
WO Cardiff
WP Worcester
WR Leeds
WS Bristol
WT Leeds
WU Leeds
WV Brighton
WW Leeds
WX Leeds
WY Leeds
WZ Belfast
YA Taunton
YB Taunton
YC Taunton
YD Taunton
YE London (Central)
YF London (Central)
YG Leeds
YH London (Central)
YI Dublin
YJ Brighton
YK London (Central)
YL London (Central)
YM London (Central)
YN London (Central)
YO London (Central)
YP London (Central)
YR London (Central)
YS Glasgow
YT London (Central)
YU London (Central)
YV London (Central)
YW London (Central)
YX London (Central)
YY London (Central)
YZ Londonderry
   

Pre 1999 codes by Area the Issuing Office covered.   xAF 123 would be Cornwall (issued by the Truro office).

This list is believed to be older than the 'By Town' above, and may be more relevant to vehicles registered before 1974.

Trivia Alert: Rumour has it that in some areas, the same sequence of numbers may have been issued to motorcycles and cars. Which is why for many years, you could not transfer a number from a bike to a car.

A London
AA Hampshire
AB Worcestershire
AC Warwickshire
AD Gloucestershire
AE Bristol
AF Cornwall
AG Ayrshire
AH Norfolk
AI Meath
AJ Yorkshire (N. Riding)
AK Bradford
AL Nottinghamshire
AM Wiltshire
AN West Ham
AO Cumberland
AP East Sussex
AR Hertfordshire
AS Nairn
AT Kingston-upon-Hull
AU Nottingham
AV Aberdeenshire
AW Salop
AX Monmouthshire
AY Leicestershire
AZ Belfast

B Lancashire
BA Salford
BB Newcastle-upon-Tyne
BC Leicester
BD Northamptonshire
BE Lincolnshire (Lindsey)
BF Staffordshire
BG Birkenhead
BH Buckinghamshire
BI Monghun
BJ East Suffolk
BK Portsmouth
BL Berkshire
BM Bedfordshire
BN Bolton
BO Cardiff
BP West Sussex
BR Sunderland
BS Orkney
BT Yorkshire (E. Riding)
BU Oldham
BV Blackburn
BW Oxfordshire
BX Carmarthenshire
BY Croydon
BZ Co. Down

 

C Yorkshire (W. Riding)
CA Denbighshire
CB Blackburn
CC Caernarvonshire
CD Brighton
CE Cambridgeshire
CF West Suffolk
CG Hampshire
CH Derby
Cl Laoighis
CJ Herefordshire
CK Preston
CL Norwich
CM Birkenhead
CN Gateshead
CO Plymouth
CP Halifax
CR Southampton
CS Ayrshire
CT Lincolnshire (Kesteven)
CU S. Shields
CV Cornwall
CW Burnley
CX Huddersfield
CY Swansea
CZ Belfast
D Kent
DA Wolverhampton
DB Stockport
DC Middlesbrough
DD Gloucestershire
DE Pembrokeshire
DF Gloucestershire
DG Gloucestershire
DH Walsall
DI Roscommon
DJ St. Helens
DK Rochdale
DL Isle of Wight
DM Flintshire
DN York
DO Lincolnshire (Holland)
DP Reading
DR Plymouth
DS Peeblesshire
DT Doncaster
DU Coventry
DV Devon
DW Newport (Mon.)
DX Ipswich
DY Hastings
DZ Antrim
E Staffordshire
EA W. Bromwich
EB Isle of Ely
EC Westmorland
ED Warrington
EE Grimsby
EF W. Hartlepool
EG Soke of Peterborough
EH Stoke-on-Trent
EI Sligo
EJ Cardiganshire
EK Wigan
EL Bournemouth
EM Bootle
EN Bury
EO Barrow-in-Furness
EP Montgomeryshire
ER Cambridgeshire
ES Perthshire
ET Rotherham
EU Brecknockshire
EV Essex
EW Huntingdonshire
EX Gt. Yarmouth
EY Anglesey
EZ Belfast

F Essex
FA Burton-on-Trent
FB Bath
FC Oxford
FD Dudley
FE Lincoln
FF Merionethshire
FG Fife
FH Gloucester
FI Tipperary
FJ Exeter
FK Worcester
FL Soke of Peterborough
FM Chester
FN Canterbury
FO Radnorshire
FP Rutland
FR Blackpool
FS Edinburgh
FT Tynemouth
FU Lincolnshire (Lindsey)
FV Blackpool
FW Lincolnshire (Lindsey)
FX Dorset
FY Southport
FZ Belfast

 

G Glasgow
GA Glasgow
GB Glasgow
GC London
GD Glasgow
GE Glasgow
GF London
GG Glasgow
GH London
GJ London
GK London
GL Bath
GM Motherwell and Wishaw
GN London
GO London
GP London
GR Sunderland
GS Perthshire
GT London
GU London
GV Suffolk (West)
GW London
GX London
GY London
GZ Belfast

H Middlesex
HA Smethwick
HB Merthyr Tydfil
HC Eastbourne
HD Dewsbury
HE Barnsley
HF Wallasey
HG Burnley
HH Carlisle
HI Tipperary
HJ Southend-on-Sea
HK Essex
HL Wakefield
HM East Ham
HN Darlington
HO Hampshire
HP Coventry
HR Wiltshire
HS Renfrewshire
HT Bristol
HU Bristol
HV East Ham
HW Bristol
HX Middlesex
HY Bristol
HZ Tyrone

IA Antrim
IB Armagh IC Carlow
ID Cavan
IE Clare
IF Cork County
IH Donegal
II Down
IK Dublin
IL Fermanagh
IM Galway
IN Kerry
IO Kildare
IP Kilkenny
IR Offaly
IT Leitrim
IU Limerick
IW Coleraine (not Londonderry?)
IX Longford
IY Louth
IZ Mayo
J Durham County
JA Stockport
JB Berkshire
JC Caernarvonshire
JD West Ham
JE Isle of Ely
JF Leicester
JG Canterbury
JH Hertfordshire
JI Tyrone
JJ London
JK Eastbourne
JL Lincolnshire (Holland)
JM Westmorland
JN Southend
JO Oxford
JP Wigan
JR Northumberland
JS Ross and Cromarty
JT Dorset
JU Leicestershire
JV Grimsby
JW Wolverhampton
JX Halifax
JY Plymouth
JZ Down

K Liverpool
KA Liverpool
KB Liverpool
KC Liverpool
KD Liverpool
KE Kent
KF Liverpool
KG Cardiff
KH Kingston-upon-Hull
KI Waterford
KJ Kent
KK Kent
KL Kent
KM Kent
KN Kent
KO Kent
KP Kent
KR Kent
KS Roxburghshire
KT Kent
KU Bradford
KV Coventry
KW Bradford
KX Buckinghamshire
KY Bradford
KZ Antrim

 

L Glamorganshire
LA London
LB London
LC London
LD London
LE London
LF London
LG Cheshire
LH London
LI West Meath
LJ Bournemouth
LK London
LL London
LM London
LN London
LO London
LP London
LR London
LS Selkirkshire
LT London
LU London
LV Liverpool
LW London
LX London
LY London
LZ Armagh
M Cheshire
MA Cheshire
MB Cheshire
MC Middlesex
MD Middlesex
ME Middlesex
MF Middlesex
MG Middlesex
MH Middlesex
MI Wexford
MJ Bedfordshire
MK Middlesex
ML Middlesex
MM Middlesex
MN Isle of Man
MO Berkshire
MP Middlesex
MR Wiltshire
MS Stirlingshire
MT Middlesex
MU Middlesex
MV Middlesex
MW Wiltshire
MX Middlesex
MY Middlesex
MZ Belfast

N Manchester
NA Manchester
NB Manchester
NC Manchester
ND Manchester
NE Manchester
NF Manchester
NG Norfolk
NH Northampton
NI Wicklow
NJ East Sussex
NK Hertfordshire
NL Northumberlandshire
NM Bedfordshire
NN Nottinghamshire
NO Essex
NP Worcestershire
NR Leicestershire
NS Sutherland
NT Salop
NU Derbyshire
NV Northamptonshire
NW Leeds
NX Warwickshire
NY Glamorganshire
NZ Coleraine (not Londonderry?)

 

O Birmingham
OA Birmingham
OB Birmingham
OC Birmingham
OD Devon
OE Birmingham
OF Birmingham
OG Birmingham
OH Birmingham
OI Belfast
OJ Birmingham
OK Birmingham
OL Birmingham
OM Birmingham
ON Birmingham
OO Essex
OP Birmingham
OR Hampshire
OS Wigtownshire
OT Hampshire
OU Hampshir
OV Birmingham
OW Southampton
OX Birmingham
OY Croydon
OZ Belfast

P Surrey
PA Surrey
PB Surrey
PC Surrey
PD Surrey
PE Surrey
PF Surrey
PG Surrey
PH Surrey
PI Cork
PJ Surrey
PK Surrey
PL Surrey
PM East Sussex
PN East Sussex
PO West Sussex
PP Buckinghamshire
PR Dorset
PS Shetland
PT Durham County
PU Essex
PV Ipswich
PW Norfolk
PX West Sussex
PY Yorkshire (N. Riding)
PZ Belfast

 

Q London

R Derbyshire
RA Derbyshire
RB Derbyshire
RC Derby
RD Reading
RE Staffordshire
RF Staffordshire
RG Aberdeen
RH Kingston-upon-Hull
RI Dublin
RJ Salford
RK Croydon*
RL Cornwall
RM Cumberland
RN Preston
RO Hertfordshire
RP Northamptonshire
RR Nottinghamshire
RS Aberdeen
RT East Suffolk
RU Bournemouth
RV Fortsmouth
RW Coventry
RX Berkshire
RY Leicester
RZ Antrim

 

S Edinburgh
SA Aberdeenshire
SB Argyll
SC Edinburgh
SD Ayrshire
SE Banffshire
SF Edinburgh
SG Edinburgh
SH Berwickshire
SJ Bute
SK Caithness
SL Clackmannan
SM Dumfriesshire
SN Dunbartonshire
SO Moray
SP Fife
SR Angus
SS East Lothian
ST Inverness-shire
SU Kincardineshire
SV Kinross-shire
SW Kirkcudbrightshire
SX West Lothian
SY Midlothian
SZ Down

T Devon
TA Devon
TB Lancashire
TC Lancashire
TD Lancashire
TE Lancashire
TF Lancashire
TG Glamorganshire
TH Carmarthenshire
TI Limerick
TJ Lancashire
TK Dorset
TL Lincolnshire(Kesteven)
TM Bedfordshire
TN Newcastle-upon-Tyne
TO Nottingham
TP Portsmouth
TR Southampton
TS Dundee
TT Devon
TU Cheshire
TV Nottingham
TW Essex
TX Glamorganshire
TY Northumberland
TZ Belfast

 

U Leeds
UA Leeds
UB Leeds
UC London
UD Oxfordshire
UE Warwickshire
UG Leeds
UF Brighton
UH Cardiff
U1 Londonderry
UJ Salop
UK Wolverhampton
UL London
UM Leeds
UN Denbighshire
UO Devon
UP Durham County
UR Hertfordshire
US Glasgow
UT Leicestershire
UU London
UV London
UW London
UX Salop
UY Worcestershire
UZ Belfast

V Lanarkshire
VA Lanarkshire
VB Croydon
VC Coventry
VD Lanarkshire
VE Cambridgeshire
VF Norfolk
VG Norwich
VH Huddersfield
VJ Herefordshire
VK Newcastle-upon-Tyne VL Lincoln
VM Manchester
VN Yorkshire (N. Riding)
VO Nottinghamshire
VP Birmingham
VR Manchester
VS Greenock
VT Stoke-on-Trent
VU Manchester
VV Northampton
VW Essex
VX Essex
VY York
VZ Tyrone

W Sheffield
WA Sheffield
WB Sheffield
WC Essex
WD Warwick
WE Sheffield
WF Yorkshire (E. Riding)
WG Stirlingshire
WH Bolton
WI Waterford
WJ Sheffield
WK Coventry
WL Oxford
WM Southport
WN Swansea
WO Monmouthshire
WP Worcestershire
WR Yorkshire (W. Riding)
WS Edinburgh
WT Yorkshire (W. Riding)
WU Yorkshire (W. Riding)
WV Wiltshire WW Yorkshire (W. Riding)
WX Yorkshire (W. Riding)
WY Yorkshire (W. Riding)
WZ Belfast
X Northumberland
XA London
XB London
XC London
XD London
XE London
XF London
XG Middlesbrough
XH London
XI Belfast
XJ Manchester
XK London
XL London
XM London
XN London
XO London
XP London
XR London
XS Paisley
XT London
XU London
XV London
XW London
XX London
XY London
XZ Armagh
Y Somerset
YA Somerset
YB Somerset
YC Somerset
YD Somerset
YE London
YF London
YG Yorkshire (W. Riding)
YH London
YI Dublin YJ Dundee
YK London
YL London
YM London
YN London
YO London
YP London
YR London
YS Glasgow
YT London
YU London
YV London
YW London
YX London
YY London
Z Dublin
ZA Dublin
ZB Cork County
ZC Dublin
ZD Dublin
ZE Dublin
ZF Cork
ZH Dublin
ZI Dublin
ZJ Dublin
ZK Cork County
ZI, Dublin
ZM Galway
ZN Meath
ZO Dublin
ZP Donegal
ZR Wexford
ZT Cork County
ZU Dublin
ZW Kildare
ZX Kerry
ZY Louth
ZZ Dublin (vehicles temporarily imported)

 * RK Croydon.  That this list is more relevant for vehicles registered pre-1974 is substantiated by a correspondent who has incontrovertible evidence that a pre-war vehicle registered DRK was definitely Croydon.  And not London NW as in the other - presumed relevant for later registrations - list.


After 1999 Area Codes. Example, in CN 51 ABC, CN is Cardiff

Local
Memory
Tag
DVLA office   Local Identifier
A Peterborough   A B C D E F G H J K L M N
Norwich   O P R S T U
Ipswich   V W X Y
B Birmingham   A - Y
C Cardiff   A B C D E F G H J K L M N O
Swansea   P R S T U V
Bangor   W X Y
D Chester   A B C D E F G H J K
Shrewsbury   L M N O P R S T U V W X Y
E Chelmsford   A - Y
F Nottingham   A B C D E F G H J K L M N P
Lincoln   R S T V W X Y
G Maidstone   A B C D E F G H J K L M N O
Brighton   P R S T U V W X Y
H Bournemouth   A B C D E F G H J
Portsmouth   K L M N O P R S T U V X Y
                    HW - Isle of Wight
K Luton   A B C D E F G H J K L
Northampton   M N O P R S T U V W X Y
L Wimbledon   A B C D E F G H J
Stanmore   K L M N O P R S T
Sidcup   U V W X Y
M Manchester   A - Y
N Newcastle   A B C D E G H J K L M N O
Stockton   P R S T U V W X Y
O Oxford   A - Y
P Preston   A B C D E F G H J K L M N O P R S T
Carlisle   U V W X Y
R Reading   A - Y
S Glasgow   A B C D E F G H J
Edinburgh   K L M N O
Dundee   P R S T
Aberdeen   U V W
Inverness   X Y
V Worcester   A - Y
W Exeter   A B C D E F G H J
Truro   K L
Bristol   M N O P R S T U V W X Y
Y Leeds   A B C D E F G H J K
Sheffield   L M N O P R S T U
Beverley   V W X Y