For vehicles made after January 1, 1973, the front number plate must have a white background while the rear number plate at the rear having a yellow background.
Numbers and letters must be exactly 79 millimetres tall and there must be a space between the numbers that mark the year and the three random letters.
All registration plates must be in the specific “Charles Wright” font which has been in use since 2001.
Characters must be 79mm and 50mm wide (except the number 1 or letter I) and the thickness of the character stroke must be 14mm.
The space between characters must be 11mm and the space between the age identifier and the random letters must be 33mm.
Recent number plates need to be “BS AU 145e” standard plates which meet the new British Standard for Retroreflective Number Plates. These are made from tougher material so they are more resistant to abrasion and other damage.
The change was made to make it easier for Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras to read the plate.
The new number plates must include the supplier’s business name and postcode, along with the name of the number plate manufacturer and the new standard.
Number plates can now only display solid black lettering as two-tone plates that used different shades to create a 3D or 4D effect have been banned. The lettering can still be Perspex or acrylic lettering, provided it meets all the other requirements.
At the end of 2020, new green number plates were introduced to show which vehicles were electric. The green stripe on the left-hand side of the plate indicates the car’s zero tailpipe emissions credentials.
source: 02/2023 Nottingham Post