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The current system of motor vehicle registration dates from 01 October 1974 when centralisation commenced and 81 local vehicle Licensing Offices (now known as DVLA offices) became responsible for the issue of registration marks and the registering of all new and unregistered vehicles.

Prior to this centralisation, the responsibility for registration and licensing of motor vehicles lay with County Councils (C.C), County Borough Councils (C.B.C) and larger Borough Councils (B.C).

Each council was allocated its own registration marks which consisted of a single letter or a pair of letters.  These letters were used in various combinations with other letters and numbers to form the car's registration.  eg A 123, AA 1234, AAA 123 or reversed, eg 123 AAA, 1234 AA etc.

By the 1960s, however, many councils were beginning use up their allocation of registration marks and so a new system was introduced on 01 Jan 1963.  The new system consisted of a group of three letters followed by one, two or three numbers and then a year identifying suffix.  A for 1963, B for 1964, C for 1965 and D for 1966.  The use of the new system was phased in through 1963 and 1964 with authorities transferring to the new system in waves of approximately twenty at a time. Councils which had used up their allocation under the old system, such as Middlesex CC, transferred first. The final twenty-two authorities, which included Bedfordshire CC, Hampshire CC, Norwich CBC and Darlington CBC, transferred on the first of January 1965 so that from this date everybody was on the new system.

NB: In a group of three letters, it is the last two which indicate the council where the car was registered. eg in the registrations TAE 345C and 76 XAE, AE is the registration mark which indicates that the car was registered by Bristol County Borough Council.

Registration marks were also changed at various times, eg BF was originally a Dorset mark but was later allocated to Staffordshire.  Some registration marks used in certain combinations were reserved for special issue by certain authorities.  Eg  The combination SN was issued by Dunbarton County Council but this combination preceded by the letter U, ie USN, was issued by London County Council only.  Also, the combination of GPO was reserved for the registration of vehicles belonging to the Post Office and was also issued by London County Council. The combination PO preceded by any other letter was issued by West Sussex county council.

 

To find out where in the United Kingdom your car was registered, please refer to the table below. This table shows the marks in use for the period when the Ford Consul Corsair was in production.

 

NB 1: On 01 April 1965, the Greater London Council was created by merging London County Council with nearly all of Middlesex and Parts of Essex, Kent and Surrey. Vehicles were then registered by five new licensing offices.  The Central Regional Office was at Westminster and covered what was London County Council. The South-Western Regional Office was at Wimbledon and covered Boroughs incorporated from Surrey, including Croydon. The North-Western Regional Office was at West Ealing and covered Boroughs incorporated from Middlesex. The South-Eastern Regional Office was at Sidcup and covered boroughs incorporated from Kent and the North-Eastern Regional Office was at Stratford and covered Boroughs incorporated from Essex, including East & West Ham.  Registration Marks formerly issued by Middlesex County Council and the County Borough Councils such as Croydon, East and West Ham were transferred to the new authority. At the same time, there were changes to other local authorities.  The counties of Huntingdonshire and the Soke of Peterborough were merged to form Huntingdon and Peterborough. Registration marks from the respective two councils were used for the new authority and all registrations were then issued at Peterborough.  Likewise, Isle of Ely was merged

with Cambridgeshire to form Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely.  Registration marks previously issued by both county councils were transferred to the new authority and issued from Cambridge.

 

NB 2:  Many older vehicles with non age related registration plates may have had those registration numbers sold.  Where this happens, the DVLA issues the vehicle with a new non age related registration which is then 'non transferable'. The new plates contain three letters and three numbers.  The letter combinations AS, SJ, SK, SL, SU, SV, SY and VS are among those reserved by the DVLA for this purpose, eg NSK 123. These marks were formerly issued by some of the smaller Scottish councils and subsequently large numbers of registrations were never issued.  If your registration number contains any of these combinations, you should check your registration document  to see whether it is a non transferable number or an original issued by one of the below listed authorities.  Cars registered in 1963 & 1964 which have had their original numbers transferred are normally issued with a corresponding A or B suffix registration.  The above also applies to vehicles which may have been imported or restored vehicles which have lost their original identity.

 

The entries marked with an asterix, ie XA, XB, XC, XD & XE were issued by different authorities. Under the old system, they were issued by London CC but under the new system, they were issued by the second authority listed. Eg 367 YXD would have been issued by London CC but BXD 160B would have been issued by Luton CBC.

Index Mark Issuing Authority Type Issuing Office   Index Mark Issuing Authority Type Issuing Office
A London C.C Westminster   N Manchester C.B.C Manchester
AA Hampshire C.C Winchester   NA Manchester C.B.C Manchester
AB Worcestershire C.C Worcester   NB Manchester C.B.C Manchester
AC Warwickshire C.C Warwick   NC Manchester C.B.C Manchester
AD Gloucestershire C.C Gloucester   ND Manchester C.B.C Manchester
AE Bristol C.B.C Bristol   NE Manchester C.B.C Manchester
AF Cornwall C.C Truro   NF Manchester C.B.C Manchester
AG Ayrshire C.C Ayr   NG Norfolk C.C Norwich
AH Norfolk C.C Norwich   NH Northampton C.B.C Northampton
AJ North Riding of Yorkshire C.C Northallerton   NJ East Sussex C.C Lewes
AK Bradford C.B.C Bradford   NK Hertfordshire C.C Hertford
AL Nottinghamshire C.C Nottingham   NL Northumberland C.C Newcastle-upon-Tyne
AM Wiltshire C.C Trowbridge   NM Bedfordshire C.C Bedford
AN West Ham C.B.C West Ham   NN Nottinghamshire C.C Nottingham
AO Cumberland C.C Carlisle   NO Essex C.C Chelmsford
AP East Sussex C.C Lewes   NP Worcestershire C.C Worcester
AR Hertfordshire C.C Hertford   NR Leicestershire C.C Leicester
AS Nairn C.C Nairn   NS Sutherland C.C Golspie
AT Kingston upon Hull C.B.C Hull   NT Shropshire C.C Shrewsbury
AU Nottingham C.B.C Nottingham   NU Derbyshire C.C Matlock
AV Aberdeenshire C.C Aberdeen   NV Northamptonshire C.C Northampton
AW Shropshire C.C Shrewsbury   NW Leeds C.B.C Leeds
AX Monmouthshire C.C Newport   NX Warwickshire C.C Warwick
AY Leicestershire C.C Leicester   NY Glamorgan C.C Cardiff
AZ Belfast C.B.C Belfast   NZ County Londonderry C.C Londonderry
B Lancashire C.C Preston   O Birmingham C.B.C Birmingham
BA Salford C.B.C Salford   OA Birmingham C.B.C Birmingham
BB Newcastle-upon-Tyne C.B.C Newcastle-upon-Tyne   OB Birmingham C.B.C Birmingham
BC Leicester C.B.C Leicester   OC Birmingham C.B.C Birmingham
BD Northamptonshire C.C Northampton   OD Devon C.C Exeter
BE Lindsey (Lincolnshire) C.C Lincoln   OE Birmingham C.B.C Birmingham
BF Staffordshire C.C Stoke-on-Trent   OF Birmingham C.B.C Birmingham
BG Birkenhead C.B.C Birkenhead   OG Birmingham C.B.C Birmingham
BH Buckinghamshire C.C Aylebury   OH Birmingham C.B.C Birmingham
BJ East Suffolk C.C Ipswich   OI Belfast C.B.C Belfast
BK Portsmouth C.B.C Portsmouth   OJ Birmingham C.B.C Birmingham
BL Berkshire C.C Reading   OK Birmingham C.B.C Birmingham
BM Bedfordshire C.C Bedford   OL Birmingham C.B.C Birmingham
BN Bolton C.B.C Bolton   OM Birmingham C.B.C Birmingham
BO Cardiff C.B.C Cardiff   ON Birmingham C.B.C Birmingham
BP West Sussex C.C Chichester   OO Essex C.C Chelmsford
BR Sunderland C.B.C Sunderland   OP Birmingham C.B.C Birmingham
BS Orkney C.C Kirkwall   OR Hampshire C.C Winchester
BT East Riding of Yorkshire C.C Beverley   OS Wigtown C.C Stanraer
BU Oldham C.B.C Oldham   OT Hampshire C.C Winchester
BV Blackburn C.B.C Blackburn   OU Hampshire C.C Winchester
BW Oxfordshire C.C Oxford   OV Birmingham C.B.C Birmingham
BX Carmarthenshire C.C Camarthen   OW Southampton C.B.C Southampton
BY Croydon C.B.C Croydon   OX Birmingham C.B.C Birmingham
BZ County Down C.C Downpatrick   OY Croydon C.B.C Croydon
C West Riding of Yorkshire C.C Wakefield   OZ Belfast C.B.C Belfast
CA Denbighshire C.C Ruthin   P Surrey C.C Kingston upon Thames
CB Blackburn C.B.C Blackburn   PA Surrey C.C Kingston upon Thames
CC Caernarvon C.C Caernarvon   PB Surrey C.C Kingston upon Thames
CD Brighton C.B.C Brighton   PC Surrey C.C Kingston upon Thames
CE Cambridgeshire C.C Cambridge   PD Surrey C.C Kingston upon Thames
CF West Suffolk C.C Bury St Edmunds   PE Surrey C.C Kingston upon Thames
CG Hampshire C.C Winchester   PF Surrey C.C Kingston upon Thames
CH Derby C.B.C Derby   PG Surrey C.C Kingston upon Thames
CJ Herefordshire C.C Hereford   PH Surrey C.C Kingston upon Thames
CK Preston C.B.C Preston   PJ Surrey C.C Kingston upon Thames
CL Norwich C.B.C Norwich   PK Surrey C.C Kingston upon Thames
CM Birkenhead C.B.C Birkenhead   PL Surrey C.C Kingston upon Thames
CN Gateshead C.B.C Gateshead   PM East Sussex C.C Lewes
CO Plymouth C.B.C Plymouth   PN East Sussex C.C Lewes
CP Halifax C.B.C Halifax   PO West Sussex C.C Chichester
CR Southampton C.B.C Southampton   PP Buckinghamshire C.C Aylesbury
CS Ayrshire C.C Ayr   PR Dorset C.C Dorchester
CT Kesteven (Lincolnshire) C.C Sleaford   PS Zetland (Shetland) C.C Lerwick
CU South Shields C.B.C South Shields   PT County Durham C.C Durham
CV Cornwall C.C Truro   PU Essex C.C Chelmsford
CW Burnley C.B.C Burnley   PV Ipswich C.B.C Ipswich
CX Huddersfield C.B.C Huddersfield   PW Norfolk C.C Norwich
CY Swansea C.B.C Swansea   PX West Sussex C.C Chichester
CZ Belfast C.B.C Belfast   PY North Riding of Yorkshire C.C Northallerton
D Kent C.C Maidstone   PZ Belfast C.B.C Belfast
DA Wolverhampton C.B.C Wolverhampton   R Derbyshire C.C Matlock
DB Stockport C.B.C Stockport   RA Derbyshire C.C Matlock
DC Middlesbrough C.B.C Middlesbrough   RB Derbyshire C.C Matlock
DD Gloucestershire C.C Gloucester   RC Derby C.B.C Derby
DE Pembroke C.C Haverfordwest   RD Reading C.B.C Reading
DF Gloucestershire C.C Gloucester   RE Staffordshire C.C Stafford
DG Gloucestershire C.C Gloucester   RF Staffordshire C.C Stafford
DH Walsall C.B.C Walsall   RG Aberdeen B.C Aberdeen
DJ St Helens C.B.C St Helens   RH Kingston-upon-Hull C.B.C Hull
DK Rochdale C.B.C Rochdale   RJ Salford C.B.C Salford
DL Isle of Wight C.C Newport   RK Croydon C.B.C Croydon
DM Flintshire C.C Mold   RL Cornwall C.C Truro
DN York C.B.C York   RM Cumberland C.C Carlisle
DO Holland (Lincolnshire) C.C Boston   RN Preston C.B.C Preston
DP Reading C.B.C Reading   RO Hertfordshire C.C Hertford
DR Plymouth C.B.C Plymouth   RP Northamptonshire C.C Northampton
DS Peebles C.C Peebles   RR Nottinghamshire C.C Nottingham
DT Doncaster C.B.C Doncaster   RS Aberdeen B.C Aberdeen
DU Coventry C.B.C Coventry   RT East Suffolk C.C Ipswich
DV Devon C.C Exeter   RU Bournemouth C.B.C Bournemouth
DW Newport C.B.C Newport   RV Portsmouth C.B.C Portsmouth
DX Ipswich C.B.C Ipswich   RW Coventry C.B.C Coventry
DY Hastings C.B.C Hastings   RX Berkshire C.C Reading
DZ County Antrim C.C Belfast   RY Leicester C.B.C Leicester
E Staffordshire C.C Stafford   RZ County Antrim C.C Belfast
EA West Bromwich C.B.C West Bromwich   S Edinburgh B.C Edinburgh
EB Isle of Ely C.C March   SA Aberdeenshire C.C Aberdeen
EC Westmorland C.C Kendal   SB Argyllshire C.C Lochgilphead
ED Warrington C.B.C Warringon   SC Edinburgh B.C Edinburgh
EE Grimsby C.B.C Grimsby   SD Ayrshire C.C Ayr
EF West Hartlepool C.B.C West Hartlepool   SE Banff C.C Banff
EG Soke of Peterbrough C.C Peterborough   SF Edinburgh B.C Edinburgh
EH Stoke-on-Trent C.B.C Stoke-on-Trent   SG Edinburgh B.C Edinburgh
EJ Cardiganshire C.C Aberystwyth   SH Berwick C.C Duns
EK Wigan C.B.C Wigan   SJ Bute C.C Rothesay
EL Bournemouth C.B.C Bournemouth   SK Caithness C.C Wick
EM Bootle C.B.C Bootle   SL Clackmannanshire C.C Alloa
EN Bury C.B.C Bury    SM Dumfrieshire C.C Dumfries
EO Barrow-in-Furness C.B.C Barrow-in-Furness   SN Dumbartonshire C.C Dumbarton
EP Montgomeryshire C.C Welshpool   SO Morayshire C.C Elgin
ER Cambridgeshire C.C Cambridge   SP Fife C.C Cupar
ES Perthshire C.C Perth   SR Angus C.C Forfar
ET Rotherham C.B.C Rotherham   SS East Lothian C.C Haddington
EU Brecknockshire C.C Brecon   ST Inverness C.C Inverness
EV Essex C.C Chelmsford   SU Kincardine C.C Stonehaven
EW Huntingdonshire C.C Huntingdon   SV Kinross C.C Kinross
EX Great Yarmouth C.B.C Great Yarmouth   SW Kirkcudbright C.C Kirkcudbright
EY Anglesey C.C Llangefni   SX West Lothian C.C Linlithgow
EZ Belfast C.B.C Belfast   SY Midlothian C.C Edinburgh
F Essex C.C Chelmsford   SZ County Down C.C Downpatrick
FA Burton-on-Trent C.B.C Burton-on-Trent   T Devon C.C Exeter
FB Bath C.B.C Bath   TA Devon C.C Exeter
FC Oxford C.B.C Oxford   TB Lancashire C.C Preston
FD Dudley C.B.C Dudley   TC Lancashire C.C Preston
FE Lincoln C.B.C Lincoln   TD Lancashire C.C Preston
FF Merionethshire C.C Bangor   TE Lancashire C.C Preston
FG Fife C.C Dundee   TF Lancashire C.C Preston
FH Gloucester C.B.C Gloucester   TG Glamorgan C.C Cardiff
FJ Exeter C.B.C Exeter   TH Camarthenshire C.C Camarthen
FK Worcester C.B.C Dudley   TJ Lancashire C.C Preston
FL Soke of Peterborough C.C Peterborough   TK Dorset C.C Dorchester
FM Chester C.B.C Chester   TL Kesteven (Lincolnshire) C.C Sleaford
FN Canterbury C.B.C Canterbury   TM Bedfordshire C.C Bedford
FO Radnorshire C.C Llandrindod Wells   TN Newcastle-upon-Tyne C.B.C Newcastle-upon-Tyne
FP Rutland C.C Oakham   TO Nottingham C.B.C Nottingham
FR Blackpool C.B.C Blackpool   TP Portsmouth C.B.C Portsmouth
FS Edinburgh B.C Edinburgh   TR Southampton C.B.C Southampton
FT Tynemouth C.B.C North Shields   TS Dundee B.C Dundee
FU Lindsey (Lincolnshire) C.C Lincoln   TT Devon C.C Exeter
FV Blackpool C.B.C Blackpool   TU Cheshire C.C Chester
FW Lindsey (Lincolnshire) C.C Lincoln   TV Nottingham C.B.C Nottingham
FX Dorset C.C Dorchester   TW Essex C.C Chelmsford
FY Southport C.B.C Southport   TX Glamorgan C.C Cardiff
FZ Belfast C.B.C Belfast   TY Northumberland C.C Newcastle-upon-Tyne
G Glasgow B.C Glasgow   TZ Belfast C.B.C Belfast
GA Glasgow B.C Glasgow   U Leeds C.B.C Leeds
GB Glasgow B.C Glasgow   UA Leeds C.B.C Leeds
GC London C.C Westminster   UB Leeds C.B.C Leeds
GD Glasgow B.C Glasgow   UC London C.C Westminster
GE Glasgow B.C Glasgow   UD Oxfordshire C.C Oxford
GF London C.C Westminster   UE Warwickshire C.C Warwick
GG Glasgow B.C Glasgow   UF Brighton C.B.C Brighton
GH London C.C Westminster   UG Leeds C.B.C Leeds
GJ London C.C Westminster   UH Cardiff C.B.C Cardiff
GK London C.C Westminster   UI County Londonderry C.C Londonderry
GL Bath C.B.C Bath   UJ Shropshire C.C Shrewsbury
GM Motherwell & Wishaw B.C Motherwell   UK Wolverhampton C.B.C Wolverhampton
GN London C.C Westminster   UL London C.C Westminster
GO London C.C Westminster   UM Leeds C.B.C Leeds
GP London C.C Westminster   UN Denbighshire C.C Ruthin
GR Sunderland C.B.C Sunderland   UO Devon C.C Exeter
GS Perthshire C.C Perth   UP County Durham C.C Durham
GT London C.C Westminster   UR Hertfordshire C.C Hertford
GU London C.C Westminster   US Glasgow B.C Glasgow
GV West Suffolk C.C Bury St Edmunds   UT Leicestershire C.C Leicester
GW London C.C Westminster   UU London C.C Westminster
GX London C.C Westminster   UV London C.C Westminster
GY London C.C Westminster   UW London C.C Westminster
GZ Belfast C.B.C Belfast   UX Shropshire C.C Shrewsbury
H Middlesex C.C West Ealing   UY Worcestershire C.C Worcester
HA Smethwick C.B.C Smethwick   UZ Belfast C.B.C Belfast
HB Merthyr Tydfil C.B.C Merthyr Tydfil   V Lanarkshire C.C Hamilton
HC Eastbourne C.B.C Eastbourne   VA Lanarkshire C.C Hamilton
HD Dewsbury C.B.C Dewsbury   VB Croydon C.B.C Croydon
HE Barnsley C.B.C Barnsley   VC Coventry C.B.C Coventry
HF Wallasey C.B.C Wallasey   VD Lanarkshire C.C Hamilton
HG Burnley C.B.C Burnley   VE Cambridgeshire C.C Cambridge
HH Carlisle C.B.C Carlisle   VF Norfolk C.C Norwich
HJ Southend-on-Sea C.B.C Southend-on-Sea   VG Norwich C.B.C Norwich
HK Essex C.C Chelmsford   VH Huddersfield C.B.C Huddersfield
HL Wakefield C.B.C Wakefield   VJ Herefordshire C.C Hereford
HM East Ham C.B.C East Ham   VK Newcastle-upon-Tyne C.B.C Newcastle-upon-Tyne
HN Darlington C.B.C Darlington   VL Lincoln C.B.C Lincoln
HO Hampshire C.C Winchester   VM Manchester C.B.C Manchester
HP Coventry C.B.C Coventry   VN North Riding of Yorkshire C.C Northallerton
HR Wiltshire C.C Trowbridge   VO Nottinghamshire C.C Nottingham
HS Renfrewshire C.C Paisley   VP Birmingham C.B.C Birmingham
HT Bristol C.B.C Bristol   VR Manchester C.B.C Manchester
HU Bristol C.B.C Bristol   VS Greenock B.C Greenock
HV East Ham C.B.C East Ham   VT Stoke-on-Trent C.B.C Stoke-on-Trent
HW Bristol C.B.C Bristol   VU Manchester C.B.C Manchester
HX Middlesex C.C West Ealing   VV Northampton C.B.C Northampton
HY Bristol C.B.C Bristol   VW Essex C.C Chelmsford
HZ County Tyrone C.C Omagh   VX Essex C.C Chelmsford
IA County Antrim C.C Belfast   VY York C.B.C York
IB County Armagh C.C Armagh   VZ County Tyrone C.C Omagh
IJ County Down C.C Downpatrick   W Sheffield C.B.C Sheffield
IL County Fermanagh C.C Enniskillen   WA Sheffield C.B.C Sheffield
IW County Londonderry C.C Londonderry   WB Sheffield C.B.C Sheffield
J County Durham C.C Durham   WC Essex C.C Chelmsford
JA Stockport C.B.C Stockport   WD Warwickshire C.C Warwick
JB Berkshire C.C Reading   WE Sheffield C.B.C Sheffield
JC Caernarvon C.C Caernarvon   WF East Riding of Yorkshire C.C Beverley
JD West Ham C.B.C West Ham   WG Stirlingshire C.C Stirling
JE Isle of Ely (Cambridgesire) C.C March   WH Bolton C.B.C Bolton
JF Leicester C.B.C Leicester   WJ Sheffield C.B.C Sheffiled
JG Canterbury C.B.C Canterbury   WK Coventry C.B.C Coventry
JH Hertfordshire C.C Hertford   WL Oxford C.B.C Oxford
JI County Tyrone C.C Omagh   WM Southport C.B.C Southport
JJ London C.C Westminster   WN Swansea C.B.C Swansea
JK Eastbourne C.B.C Eastbourne   WO Monmouthshire C.C Newport
JL Holland (Lincolnshire) C.C Boston   WP Worcestershire C.C Worcester
JM Westmorland C.C Kendal   WR West Riding of Yorkshire C.C Wakefield
JN Southend-on-Sea C.B.C Southend-on-Sea   WS Edinburgh B.C Edinburgh
JO Oxford C.B.C Oxford   WT West Riding of Yorkshire C.C Wakefield
JP Wigan C.B.C Wigan   WU West Riding of Yorkshire C.C Wakefield
JR Northumberland C.C Newcastle-upon-Tyne   WV Wiltshire C.C Trowbridge
JS Ross & Cromarty C.C Dingwall   WW West Riding of Yorkshire C.C Wakefield
JT Dorset C.C Dorchester   WX West Riding of Yorkshire C.C Wakefield
JU Leicestershire C.C Leicester   WY West Riding of Yorkshire C.C Wakefield
JV Grimsby C.B.C Grimsby   WZ Belfast C.B.C Belfast
JW Wolverhampton C.B.C Wolverhampton   X Northumberland C.C Newcastle-upon-Tyne
JX Halifax