There’s no denying that when it comes to adding custom style to your car, private number plates are by far the strongest investment for your any vehicle. They can a fantastic reflection of your personality, a beautiful tribute to the car itself, a friendly joke between friends or, well, just about anything you can imagine.

Thousands of private number plates are sold every day, but there are always some questions customers have both before and after they buy their plates. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to the frequently asked questions that we hear so very often. Let’s get started, shall we?

Q: Are there any restrictions on the type of registration older vehicles can have?

A: Depending on the age of your car, there may be restrictions on what registrations will be suitable.

If your chosen personalised registration number has an age identifier prefix (like 62), you can only put that number onto a vehicle of an equal age or newer. This is to prevent people buying custom plates which deceive potential buyers about the age of a car. It’s a slight annoyance, but an acceptable one, given how frustrating it would be to be deceived by a custom plate.

Q: Are there any special requirements my car has to meet?

A: There are a handful of hoops your vehicle has to jump through. Your vehicle must be:

• An appropriate age to receive the personalised plate (see the above answer)
• Registered in the UK (or about to be) in your name or the name of the person you’re buying the plate for
• Taxed or SORN registered at the time of registration
• Complete with MoT or Goods Vehicle Test certificate

If your car meets all these requirements, you’ll be able to purchase a personalised number plate.

Q: Can I buy a private registration plate as a gift?

A: Yes! In fact, many customers buy number plates as gifts for friends and family and the process couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is provide your details as well as those of the person you’re buying the plate for, so that you can be recorded as the purchaser of the registration number.

If the vehicle you’re wanting to put the plates onto isn’t registered in your name, you simply just us their details as the name of the ‘nominee’ to your purchase. Just make sure that it matches the name of the registered keeper of the vehicle you’re wanting to put the number plate onto. Simple!