Vehicle Registration Area Codes

nvingo

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Nov 15, 2015
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Website to decode the area letters in a VRM
XXnnaaa - look up XX in the current list and
ynnnaXX/aXXnnny - look up XX in the historic list.
Even though the regional issuing offices closed in 2013, DVLA still issues regional letters to dealers.
 
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David`

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Interestingly Tx was also used for Scottish plates circa 2007, so you might see some starting with T that are legit. Ones starting with J are all private plates, reserved for DVLA selling. Ones starting with X are sometimes seen too and these are similar to the older style Diplomat plates you used to see/sometimes still see in London. I have a nerdy interest in number plates, don't judge
 

David`

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A lot of Ford's come on E plates being registered near to Dagenham. Same with Vauxhall's you'll find a lot on the D plate being registered at Ellesmere Port
 

Quicksilver

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Similarly, in the previous format, ?OO and ?PU are Chelmsford regs., usually a good a indicator of Dagenham 'factory cars'.
The number of ?PU's in our reg. list is quite noticeable, including evidence of possible sequential 'block' registrations.
 
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