How does the 2020 number plate system work?
1. The first two letters represent the ‘local memory tag’, which is where the vehicle was registered. Each place has a selection of letters to identify it.
For example, LA to LY cover London, and MA — MY covers Manchester and Merseyside.
2. The third and fourth digits are numbers known as the ‘age identifier’. These are changed every six months in March and September. The easiest way to remember this is to think of March as the year, and September as the year plus 50. For example:
- '16' was introduced in March 2016 and '66' in September 2016
- '17' in March 2017 and '67' in September 2017
- '18' in March 2018 and '68' in September 2018
- '19' in March 2019 and '69' in September 2019
- ‘20’ will arrive in March 2020 and ‘70’ in September 2020
So, if a car has a '17' plate, it was registered between the beginning of March and the end of August in 2017, and a '67'-plate car was registered between September 2017 and the end of February 2018.
3. The last three letters are randomly chosen and allocated to a dealership when the car is registered. However, bear in mind some personalised plates don’t follow this system.