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What Are Black & Silver Number Plates Used For?

Posted 2016/12/8 by Motoshow Plates

What Are Black & Silver Number Plates Used For?

It’s vital that you display the correct, road legal number plates on your vehicle at all times, even when you’re not driving it on UK roads, so it’s necessary to understand the different types of custom number plates you can order from a registered supplier like ourselves at Motoshow Plates.

For example, a common misconception is that black and silver number plates can be used for any car. In fact, these are actually a historic type of plate which can only be applied to cars in a separate tax class as a “historic vehicle” according to the DVLA. To qualify, a vehicle must be at least 40 years old and officially registered.


The reason black and silver plates are still permitted is to maintain the authentic look of older vehicles which originally would have displayed the same design. When these were first issued over 113 years ago, registrations started with one letter and one number, and increased from there.


It is important to remember that there are certain restrictions on black and silver number plates, many of which also apply to the more modern designs too. These include the following rules as set out by the DVLA.


  • You must be properly registered for road tax, even if your vehicle makes you eligible to not pay anything, to display your plate on the vehicle


  • You cannot include a newer date code and put it on an older vehicle to hide its true age, or for any other display purpose


  • You cannot alter how letters and numbers are displayed in any way that makes them harder to read or appear differently


  • All letters and numbers must be in the correct font and size with accurate spacing


If you have successfully applied for the right to fit a traditional black and silver number plate to your vehicle, we will be happy to supply you with your personalised order as soon as we have seen your documentation and confirmed everything is legal. Our products are of the highest quality, so they make ideal replacements for your original classic plates. Use our custom online software to get started, or contact us if you have any more questions.




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