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Here Now: The All-New 70 Registration Plate


It's been and gone due to the distraction of the COVID-19 lockdown and here we are again; the launch of a new number plate! From 1st September 2020, the 70 plate will be issued on all brand-new vehicles registered.

We’re excited for the launch of the 70 plate as the automotive industry gears back up to pre-COVID-19 levels of manufacturing.

Why it a 70 registration plate?

In Great Britain, registration plates have changed twice a year, in March and in September, since September 2001. They follow this system:

  • Location identifier: The first two letters on each number plate refer to the regional office where it was issued.

  • Age identifier: The two numbers in the middle of the plate tell you which year the registration was issued.

  • Random identifier: The three letters at the end are random so the DVLA can create a vast number of registrations.

In March, the two numbers that follow the location identifier (the first two letters) are the last two digits of the year of registration. For example, in March 2020, the new number plates featured ‘20’ after the location identifier.

In September, number plates follow a “plus 50” rule, which means that they will use the year of registration then add 50. That’s why, from 1st September 2020 until 28th February 2021, all new vehicles registered in Great Britain will be a bearing a ‘70’ plate.

Here are the most recent plates issued:

  • 69 plate - September 2019 to February 2020

  • 20 plate - March 2020 to August 2020

  • 70 plate - September 2020 to February 2021

Then, after the 70 plate will be the 21 plate, which will be issued on all new vehicles registered between March 2021 and August 2021.

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