British Registrations

Last update 24 October 2016

Contents

Introduction
The issuing system
New system
Select marks, registration matching and vehicle re-registrations
Area marks
Council issuance – 1903 to 1974
DVLA series – 1974 to 2001 (England, Wales & Scotland)
Index to marks
Dates of year letters
New system marks
Links

Introduction

British registrations have had quite a complex history. Registrations are far more than just random sequences of numbers and letters, but just what do all the bits mean?

This page explores the meaning of registration marks, examines the history of the system that came to an end in 2001, and provides a reference source for this system. A brief look at the new system is also included.

The issuing system

A new registration system was introduced from September 2001. This was a result of the system that had been in use previously “running out,” and I will return to describe the new system later.

The system used until August 2001 has its origins early in the 20th century. It was recognised that a means of identification for road vehicles was required, and so a national system of registration numbers was introduced. Registrations were issued by local councils, which were allocated sets of one- or two- letter codes in a rather random fashion; although many of the codes survived until 2001, opening and closure of many offices and a big reorganisation in 1974 resulted in many changes to the original allocations. Registrations issued to vehicles consisted of one of the local council’s letter codes, followed by up to 4 digits specific to the vehicle, for example XW 9877.

As the volume of registrations increased, this system quickly became inadequate, and so a new system was introduced (though not universally) in 1932. This consisted of three letters followed by three digits (example KYY 672), Staffordshire being the first area to issue such marks. The second and third letters were the established area codes (although the single letter codes obviously could not be used in this system), while the first was a “counter” ascending through the letters. So in the example, K is the counter, YY is the area office (London) and 672 is a random combination. Registrations were issued as follows: each office would issue “A multiples” working through all its area codes, while for each letter combination the numbers 1-999 were issued in a block. When all its area codes had been used, that office would move onto “B multiples,” and so on.

No system can last for ever, and eventually this system was also exhausted. In 1953 some areas started issuing “reversed” registrations (Staffordshire again being first), putting the numbers first (e.g. 760 DYE). When a few areas exhausted those combinations in the early 1960s, they even went back to using just the area codes (including the single letter ones) with the letters at the end (e.g. 1000 H).

But soon a revolutionary new system of suffix letters was introduced. In this system each year had a letter, starting with A in 1963, B for 1964 and so on (e.g. JJD 367D: J = counter, JD = area (London), 367 = “random” combination, D = 1966). Thus offices could “recycle” marks at anything up to yearly intervals: once “Y multiples” were reached, offices would “revert” to “A multiples” – but by then using a different year letter. However, some councils still had spare marks on the old system, and only introduced the new system from 1964 with B suffixes, or in a few cases with C suffixes in 1965. Conversely, a few authorities such as Middlesex ran out during 1962 and introduced the new system a few months early. Again this system ran out and after Y suffixes registrations were again reversed (e.g. K319 YJA: K = 1992-3 (see below), 319 = “random” combination, Y = counter, JA = Manchester). The letters I, O, Q, U, Z have not been used either as suffixes or prefixes — I, O and Z because of their similarity to 1, 0 and 2, U to V, and Q being reserved for special purposes.

A feature which has been with us ever since is that there is always a rush to get the latest year letter. Cars are often regarded as a status symbol, and having the latest letter within days (or hours!) of first appearance shows you are rich!. Christmas was always a busy time for car buying anyway, and this extra pressure caused the car industry considerable problems. In those days car models used to change in August, the necessary changes to the machinery being carried out over the works holiday, so that, for example, the ’63 models would be in production from August ’63 until July ’64. The industry thought that registering new models with the old suffix letter depressed demand until the new suffix letter became available, so from 1967 the system was altered with new letters issued from 1st August. Those tooling methods have by now become obsolete, but the manufacturing industry was still faced with a peak in demand, albeit now during August. So from 1999 the system was altered again, with two new letters a year, this time in March and September.

The big October 1974 re-organisation mentioned above resulted in the responsibility for issuing registrations moving from local government to specialist Vehicle Registration Offices (VROs) or Local Vehicle Licensing Offices (LVLOs). These were run by the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), a centralised body for vehicle registration set up by the Government. Most of the area codes continued to represent the areas they had previously been used for, being issued by the nearest VRO instead of the local council. At the same time, all multiples were re-set to G-multiples (e.g. GBB-N for Newcastle) rather than continuing in sequence as normal. The opportunity was also taken to streamline the mark allocations. Several codes switched areas again in 1981, and since then several offices have closed with their area codes either withdrawn or transferred elsewhere.

Another change from 1997 onward was a relaxing of the strict issuing sequence. Previously, for example, my local Wimbledon office issued marks ..., N-FGT, N-GGC, N-GGF, N-GGH, ..., N-GGT, N-HGC, N-HGF, ..., N-NGT, N-OGC, N-OGF, N-OGH, N-OGJ, P-OGK, P-OGN, P-OGO, P-OGP, P-OGT, P-PGC, ..., P-XGK. But R registrations onward have been issued in a more-or-less random order. This was apparently to thwart attempts by individuals to make up their initials in the registration by predicting when the appropriate letters would appear, the DVLA having developed a lucrative sideline selling select registrations (see below).

New system

Again, this system eventually reached its end, its demise hastened by the move to two letter changes per year, so a completely new system has been devised. It is much better designed, but for those familiar with the old system with all its quirks it has meant quite a major change! The idea is that people are most likely to remember the first letters of a registration, so the most important information is put first.

This most important information is (apparently) the area — although one would think that the “random” part is actually the most useful for identifying a particular vehicle. Many changes over the years had rendered the original letter-to-area allocations, as amended, rather inefficient, and therefore the marks were completely re-allocated in more memorable blocks, also enabling areas to have the number of letter combinations in proportion to how many they actually needed. The first letter represents the geographic area (e.g. L = London, S = Scotland). Some are a bit contrived: Maidstone and Brighton, in the south east, are deemed to lie in the Garden of England, and hence use GA-GY! However, there was a suggestion that they might use the F block as they are the nearest areas to France! The complete list is at the end of this page.

The next piece of information is the date identifier: but, making a break with the past, this is now a number. Rather than simply ascending from 00 to 99, the numbers are correlated to the year, with numbers 02-50 running from March to August of the corresponding year, and 51-99 for the preceding September to February period. Thus we have 51 from September 2001, then 02 from March 2002, 52 from September 2002, 03 from March 2003 and so on, so that this system will run out in 2050. (It has been suggested that in 2050 this system also will be reversed, although circumstances may change before then anyway, and it would mean that the “most important” information would now be at the end!)

To complete the registration there is a “random” combination of three letters; there being more letters than numbers, this will give a greater total number of registrations per year. Indeed the letter Z is now allowed (only here, not in the locator IDs), though I and Q still do not feature, and “offensive” letter combinations are not being used. Also, a very large number of other "notable" combinations has been separated out for sale at inflated prices by the DVLA (see below), including all combinations where the last letter of the locator and the last letter of the random part are the same. It seems, nonetheless, that the “random” part is being issued in some sort of order (skipping over the aforementioned combinations), rather than being completely random. Thus a typical registration looks like LU04 HFX: L = London, U = Sidcup, 04 = 2004, HFX = random combination.

Select marks, registration matching and vehicle re-registrations

Most transport operators — lorries, buses, trains, etc. — use fleet numbering systems. These are designed for whatever need the company has for them, but usually batches of new vehicles are numbered consecutively. For many years it became a tradition amongst some operators, notably bus companies, but also some fire and ambulance brigades, to obtain matching registration numbers. This means that a bus numbered 542 has a registration V542 JBH (in this case). Although I am not sure of the exact purpose of this, it does make it slightly easier to identify a vehicle.

Until recently, licensing authorities have been very sympathetic to this. All operators had to do was book the blocks of registrations they required in advance, and the authority then reserved them for the operator. One slight difficulty during the 1970s and 1980s was when numbers 1-99 were reserved for motorcycles (where the shorter plates resulting were particularly advantageous), meaning operators had to add 100 or some similar trick.

However, a more recent development hindered registration matching in a much bigger way, namely select registrations. For a while the numbers 1-20 from each series had been reserved, and from H registrations in 1990 and since then, a variety of other numbers have also been reserved. Notable are two-digit multiples of 10 and 11 and multiples of 100 and 111, but there were also some obscure ones such as 121, 147, 541. The exact selection was varied from year to year according to demand, and by the end of the old system the numbers 1-33 and virtually all combinations ending in 0 were being reserved. Reserved marks can only be obtained on payment of a substantial fee. Some operators bought the marks to give them neat blocks of registrations, others obtained nearest-possible-match registrations (e.g. 211 for 111), others simply left gaps in their numbering, and a few abandoned matching altogether.

It was possible to buy any combination of letters with a reserved number, so long as the year letter does not give the vehicle a lower age than it really has (and of course nobody else has got there first). The most popular lark with the H letter was buying registrations with number 1 and your initials — e.g. H1 RPM. This looks like Hi RPM! However, some people have been much cleverer and booked registrations that look like words, capitalising on the fact that the digits 0, 1, 5, 8 look rather like the letters O, I, S, B, and, if desperate, 3 will do for an E, 4 for an A, 6 for a G and 7 for a T. Various other tricks are possible, especially with the help of judiciously positioned black rivets! Some “offensive” letter combinations were (and are) withheld, e.g. GOD, SOD, SEX, ARS.

Some examples I like are S1LLY, ANX10S, A 1OAF (on a baker's van), E5SEX, N1PPY, G1RLS, PAU1A & SON1A, V1NYL (on a decorator's van), L1AR U (whu?), BES51E (NES51E?), ROS1E, N1GEL, K15S EM, K9 0NER & K9 0WNA (two dog owners, obviously in competition), KAT1E, N 12UDE (rude); V 8ABE; F10NA O; J6 5COT; M1XED, MR 51NGH, 5EXY, K3LLY, W1N ME, A C04CH H, CYN1C, M1XUP, D1TCH, 1 5ELL (on a Porsche on the A5), C4NOE (Ford Escort, complete with racks to take the boats), ME B1G, OK P1G, AR53NAL, OS51 BOY, T 10VE D, V4NDL, LOU15A, POW 700M (which with assistance from a plastic screw became POW ZOOM, Superman's own number). Others with a business connection include P 200O MT (the "Millennium Traveller"), X300TON (mobile crane!), A60 POO (drain cleaning truck), W 5OOT (chimney sweep), B1G MW (outside shop of same name), W1NGS (Wings Luxury Coaches), H4KNY (taxi), J10NER (dyslexic woodworker), P1NER (needlewoman), RAD18R (seen on a heating engineer’s van in West Bromwich), LO0 2 RAD (plumbers van), S1·10WER, V1 6RAB (roadworks grabber truck); PA51LEY (bus in Paisley); BUG 80Y (pest control); BU5 2 ELY (self-explanatory); L G0 2 WED (stretch limo); APR160T (Apricot Builders); N1PPY (Nippy Taxis in Scarborough); T1 5HEF (Thai Chef, I deduce). One reader writes: "A mobile snack van in Inverness some years ago had the registration D15EAS. As this could be misread as 'disease,' it seemed a somewhat unfortunate mark for a vehicle selling food!" Some may make more sense to their owners than they do to me: B10 GUY, K10SK H, AJ G8 1V, COR1 0K, N10 0PEN, GUG1 8Y, X20OO N, 5MAT, B10W BY, MAR10 1H & MAR10 1L, V10LLY, V1 1BOS, N1NOO, V1FTY, PA G188S, ASP1C, LEG 8 (Leggatt), GRE1G, PUN1E, N1:1BLE (Noble), S1·11TES, S8 X SB, YOI1100, TOP51Y, R15N NS, 98 1TAL; TON1T; D1 0NLY; B4BES; BD0 2 BOO, NOE1 1X, P1G JB, BU5 5OLD, G1V UK, L8 TAX. Some suggestions on the new system: BU51NES, DE51RED, YE5 1 CAN, PO51BLE, HO51ERY, BU51EST, MA55AGE, PO55ESS, GR05SLY, TO55POT, LE55ONS, WA51HNG (don't be too phonetic and you get WASHING), AU51 BOY, AU51 GAL, OS51 GAL. One reader had a car registered RY02 OUS (not a select combination), which a friend suggested was best remembered as riotous! Our car is LX53 GZM – luxury gizmo? (Not select!) A dustcart was spotted registered MX03 ODR – it's owner perhaps not having spotted the possible connotation with mixed odours?? Another number spotted was SN04 XMS, which could be read as snow for Xmas. Any more nominations welcome, to robert @ londonbusroutes.net (remove the spaces).

Needless to say, the new registration system put an end to registration matching, but select registrations live on, although it is now the “random” part that is important. As mentioned above, many popular combinations are reserved from each series, and I understand that any letters can be purchased with one of the regional identifiers that has not been allocated, and there was also a suggestion that the unused year 01 would be allocated similarly. All registrations where the 2nd and 7th letters match are also reserved, to allow for husband and wife to have both their initials shown.

Some people choose registrations to hide the age of a vehicle. You can always give a vehicle a registration which is older than the vehicle — so give it one that is so much older that this is obvious, particularly a pre-1963 mark, and nobody will know how old the vehicle is. Old registrations are often sold by auction; A1, the first ever British registration and first ‘secured’ by the Second Earl Russell in 1903, was recently sold for an astronomical sum. London’s Routemaster buses have also been a source of many marks. Another cheap source of undated marks is Northern Ireland (see below) whose marks are now legal on the mainland. Once you own such a mark it can be transferred to another vehicle for a modest fee.

Old registrations are still issued afresh sometimes, in order to re-register older vehicles. Often companies would obtain such registrations purely to disguise the age of a vehicle, as described above, but the DVLA has now put a stop on this, no doubt because it was not the intended use. Existing registrations, especially genuine old marks, can still be transferred, but now, once new marks are issued to a particular vehicle, they cannot be transferred.

Area marks

This section details the letter combinations issued to different councils at the start in 1903, and how those allocations changed until the system expired in 2001. It should be remembered that at the time (and until 15 January 1922), what is now the Republic of Ireland was still part of the United Kingdom, and thus falls under the scope of this system.

The letter Q was excluded completely, apart from a Temporary Import Series used for a while by the London office. All combinations (except Q) with an I or Z in them were allocated to Ireland, and all remaining combinations with an S to Scotland, along with a few others, particularly Gs. Wales was not afforded such a distinction, all remaining letter combinations being allocated to England and Wales. Within Scotland and Ireland, marks were allocated broadly on the basis of alphabetical order. Some other marks were allocated with some logic, for instance most Gx marks went to Glasgow or Greater London, Lx to Greater London, many Kx to Kent, Mx to Middlesex, and there were odd ones that matched, such as BN for Bolton, LV for Liverpool, and RD for Reading, though these were possibly accidental.

Some areas of the country do not conform to the standard pattern.
Ireland (republic): As mentioned, Ireland was allocated letters in the UK system, and continued to use these post-1922. This survived until 1986, although a few new series had to be issued near the end. From 1 January 1987, Ireland introduced a completely different system. This comprises the last two digits of the year, a letter or two for the issuing office, and as many digits as needed for the registrations issued by that office that year. For example 00D12345 — the 12345th registration issued by Dublin in the year 2000. Usually this gives a plate with up to 8 characters, but Dublin has apparently managed to exceed 99999 registrations per year, and (I am told) one of the lorries in Ballykissangel is registered 98 WW 13802, so 9-character registrations are possible. If older vehicles are re-registered in Ireland, they may take registrations in either the new or old system.
Northern Ireland: Rather than following the rest of the UK with year letter suffixes, NI started issuing registrations with four digits. Area marks including I or Z are issued as and when old ones are exhausted, and are used in multiples with 4 digits, e.g. HDZxxxx, JDZxxxx, KDZxxxx for Ballymena. This continues despite the new system in England, Wales and Scotland. As an aside, during 2004 Co Fermanagh finally exhausted its IL series marks after 101 years, and took over the previously unused IG series!
Isle of Man: The system is similar to the mainstream system, but suffix letters are exhausted consecutively rather than representing dates (and U has been used as a suffix!). Man has its own area code, MN, but also uses MAN combinations “borrowed” from Reading (though AN was originally a West Ham, later London, mark) on the mainland, in place of AMN.
Guernsey: Just numbers, up to five of them.
Jersey: J followed by up to six numbers.
Gibraltar: G followed by up to five numbers.
Alderney: AY followed by up to five numbers.

Other oddities on the mainland include “Portsmouth” GPO marks being reserved for the General Post Office, issued by London, though this series fell out of use some time ago. From 1971, “Swansea” SCY marks were issued by Truro for use on the Isles of Scilly! MAN was not issued by Reading, as noted above. USN was also withheld by London for the use of the United States Navy, which operated a fleet of civilian VIP vehicles to take its many Admirals between London, the various Naval Dockyards they used regularly, and the two airfields at which they maintained a fleet of VIP aircraft (Blackbushe and West Malling), although they now use American Military numbers. ABF did not get issued, nor did certain sensitive combinations.

Council issuance – 1903 to 1974

As explained in the text, until 1974 responsibility for issuing registration marks lay with local and regional councils. The table below lists the allocation of marks and which of the new office(s) took over in 1974. In some cases the marks did not go to the new VRO taking over in the local area, so there are two columns. Some councils either disappeared or ceased issuing registrations before 1974, and for those the office that took over issuance for each area is shown in parentheses.

Note that all the single letters gradually fell out of use as three-letter combinations became the norm.
England
CouncilMarks    Period    Replaced byMarks passed to
BarnsleyHE1913-1974SheffieldSheffield
Barrow-in-FurnessEO1903-1974Barrow-in-FurnessBarrow-in-Furness
BathFB GL1903-1974BristolBristol, Truro
BedfordshireBM MJ NM TM1903-1974LutonLuton
BerkshireBL JB MO RX1903-1974ReadingReading
BirkenheadBG CM1903-1974Liverpool, ChesterLiverpool
BirminghamO OA OB OC OE OF OG OH OJ OK OL OM ON OP OV OX VP1903-1974BirminghamBirmingham
BlackburnBV CB1903-1974PrestonPreston, Bolton
BlackpoolFR FV1904-1974PrestonPreston
Bolton (Manchester)BN WH1903-1974BoltonBolton
Bootle (Liverpool)EM1903-1974LiverpoolLiverpool
BournemouthEL LJ RU1903-1974BournemouthBournemouth
BradfordAK KU KW KY1903-1974SheffieldSheffield
BrightonCD UF1903-1974BrightonBrighton
BristolAE HT HU HW HY1903-1974BristolBristol
BuckinghamshireBH KX PP1903-1974LutonLuton
BurnleyCW HG1903-1974PrestonPreston
Burton-on-TrentFA1903-1974Stoke-on-TrentStoke-on-Trent
Bury (Manchester)EN1903-1974BoltonBolton
CambridgeshireCE ER VE1903-1974CambridgeCambridge
CanterburyFN JG1903-1974CanterburyCanterbury
CarlisleHH1914-1974CarlisleCarlisle
CheshireLG M MA MB TU1903-1974ChesterChester
ChesterFM1903-1974ChesterChester
CornwallAF CV RL1903-1974TruroTruro
CoventryDU HP KV RW VC WK1903-1974CoventryCoventry
Croydon (London)BY OY RK VB1903-1965(Greater London)(Greater London)
CumberlandAO RM1903-1974CarlisleCarlisle
DarlingtonHN1915-1974MiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough
DerbyCH RC1903-1974NottinghamNottingham
DerbyshireR NU RA RB1903-1974NottinghamNottingham
Devonport (Plymouth)DR1903-1915(Plymouth)(Plymouth)
DevonshireT DV OD TA TT UO1903-1974Exeter, BarnstapleExeter, Barnstaple
Dewsbury (Leeds)HD1913-1974HuddersfieldHuddersfield
DoncasterDT1927-1974SheffieldSheffield
DorsetshireFX JT PR TK1903-1974BournemouthBournemouth, Plymouth
BF 1903-1904——
Dudley (Birmingham)FD1903-1974DudleyDudley
County DurhamJ PT UP1903-1974DurhamDurham
EastbourneHC JK1911-1974HastingsHastings
EssexF EV HK NO PU TW VW VX1903-1974ChelmsfordChelmsford
OO WC 1960s-1974
ExeterFJ1903-1974ExeterExeter
Gateshead (Newcastle)CN1903-1974NewcastleNewcastle
GloucesterFH1903-1974GloucesterGloucester
GloucestershireAD DD DG1903-1974GloucesterGloucester
DF 1926-1974
GrimsbyEE JV1903-1974GrimsbyGrimsby
HalifaxCP JX1903-1974HuddersfieldHuddersfield
East Ham (London)HM* HV*1915-1965(Greater London)(Greater London)
West Ham (London)AN JD1903-1965(Greater London)(Greater London)
Hanley (Stoke)EH*1903-1910(Stoke-on-Trent)(Stoke-on-Trent)
HampshireAA CG HO OR OT OU1903-1974Salisbury, PortsmouthSalisbury, Portsmouth, Bristol
HartlepoolEF1967-1974MiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough
West HartlepoolEF1903-1967(Hartlepool)(Hartlepool)
HastingsDY1903-1974HastingsHastings
HerefordshireCJ VJ1903-1974HerefordHereford
HertfordshireAR JH NK RO UR1903-1974LutonLuton, Chelmsford
HuddersfieldCX VH1903-1974HuddersfieldHuddersfield
HuntingdonshireEW1903-1965(Peterborough)(Peterborough)
IpswichDX PV1903-1974PeterboroughPeterborough
Isle of WightDL1903-1974Newport (I.o.W.)Newport (I.o.W.)
Isle of ElyEB JE1903-1965(Cambridgeshire)(Cambridgeshire)
KentD KE KJ KK KL KM KN KO KP KR KT1903-1974Maidstone, CanterburyMaidstone, Canterbury
Kingston-upon-HullAT KH RH1903-1974Kingston-upon-HullKingston-upon-Hull
LancashireB TB TC TD TE TF TJ1903-1974PrestonWarrington, Bristol, Bolton, Reading, Liverpool
LeedsU NW UA UB UG UM1903-1974LeedsLeeds
LeicesterBC JF RY1903-1974LeicesterLeicester
LeicestershireAY JU NR UT1903-1974LeicesterLeicester
LincolnFE VL1903-1974LincolnLincoln
Lincolnshire – HollandDO JL1903-1974BostonBoston
Lincolnshire – KestevenCT TL1903-1974Boston, LincolnBoston, Lincoln
Lincolnshire – LindseyBE FU FW1903-1974Grimsby, LincolnGrimsby, Lincoln
LiverpoolK KA KB KC KD KF LV1903-1974LiverpoolLiverpool
Greater LondonA GC GF GH GJ GK GN GO GP GT GU GW GX GY JJ LA LB LC LD LE LF LH LK LL LM LN LO LP LR LT LU LW LX LY UC UL UU UV UW YE YF YH YK YL YM YN YO YP YR YT YU YV YW YX YY1903-1974London N.E., London N.W., London S.W., London S.E.London Central, London N.E., London N.W., London S.W., London S.E., Canterbury
London CountyXA XB XC XD XE XF XH XK XL XM XN XO XP XR XT XU XV XW XX XY1903-1963(Greater London)(Various/[not used])
LutonXD XE1964-1974Luton[not used]
ManchesterN NA NB NC ND NE NF VM VR VU XJ1903-1974ManchesterManchester, [not used]
MiddlesbroughDC XG1903-1968(Teesside)(Teesside)
MiddlesexH HX MC MD ME MF MG MH MK ML MM MP MT MU MV MX MY1903-1965(Reading)(Greater London)
Newcastle-upon-TyneBB TN VK1903-1974Newcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-Tyne
NorfolkAH NG PW VF1903-1974NorwichNorwich
NorthamptonDF1903-1904——
NH VV1903-1974NorthamptonNorthampton
NorthamptonshireBD NV RP1903-1974NorthamptonNorthampton
NorthumberlandX JR NL TY1903-1974Newcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-Tyne
NorwichCL VG1903-1974NorwichNorwich
NottinghamAU TO TV1903-1974NottinghamNottingham
NottinghamshireAL NN RR VO1903-1974NottinghamNottingham
Oldham (Manchester)BU1903-1974ManchesterManchester
OxfordFC JO WL1903-1974OxfordOxford
OxfordshireBW UD1903-1974OxfordOxford
PeterboroughEG FL1903-1974PeterboroughPeterborough
PlymouthCO JY1903-1974PlymouthPlymouth
PortsmouthBK RV TP1903-1974PortsmouthPortsmouth
PrestonCK RN1903-1974PrestonPreston
RadnorshireFO1903-1974HerefordHereford (Radnor series)
ReadingDP RD1903-1974ReadingReading
Rochdale (Manchester)DK1903-1974BoltonBolton
Rotherham (Sheffield)ET1903-1974SheffieldSheffield
RutlandFP1903-1974LeicesterLeicester
St. Helens (Liverpool)DJ1903-1974WarringtonWarrington
Salford (Manchester)BA RJ1903-1974ManchesterManchester
SheffieldW WA WB WE WJ1903-1974SheffieldSheffield
ShropshireAW NT UJ UX1903-1974ShrewsburyShrewsbury
Smethwick (Birmingham)HA1907-1966(Warley)(Warley)
Solihull (Birmingham)XC1964-1974Birmingham[not used]
SomersetshireY YA YB YC YD1903-1974TauntonTaunton
SouthamptonCR OW TR1903-1974PortsmouthPortsmouth
Southend-on-SeaHJ JN1914-1974ChelmsfordChelmsford
SouthportFY1903-1974LiverpoolLiverpool
WM1905-1974
South Shields (Newcastle)CU1903-1974Newcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-Tyne
StaffordshireE RE RF1903-1974Stoke-on-TrentStoke-on-Trent
Stockport (Manchester)DB JA1903-1974ManchesterManchester
Stoke-on-TrentVT1903-1974Stoke-on-TrentStoke-on-Trent
East SuffolkBJ RT1903-1974IpswichIpswich
West SuffolkCF GV1903-1974IpswichIpswich, Reading
SunderlandBR GR1903-1974DurhamDurham
SurreyP PA PB PC PD PE PF PG PH PJ PK PL1903-1974GuildfordGuildford
East SussexAP NJ PM PN1903-1974BrightonBrighton, Guildford
West SussexBP PO PX1903-1974PortsmouthPortsmouth
TeessideDC XG1968-1974MiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough, —
TorbayXF1968-1974Exeter[not used]
Tynemouth (Newcastle)FT1904-1974Newcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-Tyne
Wakefield (Leeds)HL1915-1974SheffieldSheffield
Wallasey (Birkenhead)HF1913-1974LiverpoolLiverpool
Walsall (Birmingham)DH1903-1974DudleyDudley
Warley (Birmingham)HA1966-1974DudleyDudley
WarringtonED1903-1974WarringtonWarrington
WarwickshireAC NX UE WD1903-1974CoventryDudley, Coventry
West Bromwich (Birmingham)EA1903-1974DudleyDudley
WestmorlandEC JM1903-1974KendalKendal, Reading
WiganEK JP1903-1974WarringtonWarrington
WiltshireAM HR MR MW WV1903-1974SwindonSwindon, Brighton
Wolverhampton (Birmingham)DA JW UK1903-1974BirminghamBirmingham
WorcesterFK1903-1974WorcesterDudley
WorcestershireAB NP UY WP1903-1974WorcesterWorcester
Great YarmouthEX1903-1974NorwichNorwich
YorkDN VY1903-1974YorkYork
Yorkshire (East Riding)BT WF1903-1974York, SheffieldYork, Sheffield
Yorkshire (North Riding)AJ PY VN1903-1974Middlesbrough, LeedsMiddlesbrough, Leeds
Yorkshire (West Riding)C WR WT WU WW WX WY YG1903-1974LeedsLeeds
Wales
CouncilMarksPeriodReplaced byMarks passed to
AngleseyEY1903-1974BangorBangor
BrecknockshireEU1903-1974CardiffBristol
CaernarvonshireCC JC1903-1974BangorBangor
CardiffBO KG UH1903-1974CardiffCardiff
CardiganshireEJ1903-1974AberystwythAberystwyth (Cardigan series)
CarmarthenshireBX TH1903-1974Haverfordwest/SwanseaHaverfordwest/Swansea
DenbighshireCA UN1903-1974ChesterChester, Barnstaple
FlintshireDM1903-1974ChesterChester
GlamorganshireL NY TG TX1903-1974CardiffCardiff
MerionethshireFF1903-1974AberystwythAberystwyth (Merioneth series)
Merthyr TydfilHB1908-1974CardiffCardiff
MonmouthshireAX WO1903-1974CardiffCardiff
MontgomeryshireEP1903-1974SwanseaSwansea
Newport (Monmouthshire)DW1903-1974CardiffCardiff
PembrokeshireDE1903-1974HaverfordwestHaverfordwest
SwanseaCY WN1903-1974SwanseaSwansea
Scotland
CouncilMarksPeriodReplaced byMarks passed to
AberdeenRG RS1903-1974AberdeenAberdeen, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
AberdeenshireAV SA1903-1974AberdeenAberdeen, Peterborough
ArgyllshireSB1903-1974ObanOban
AyrshireAG CS SD1903-1974AyrAyr, Kingston-upon-Hull
BanffshireSE1903-1974KeithKeith
BerwickshireSH1903-1974St. Boswell'sSt. Boswell's
ButeshireSJ1903-1974AyrAyr
CaithnessshireSK1903-1974WickWick
ClackmannanshireSL1903-1974DundeeDundee
Coatbridge (Glasgow)XB1964-1974Glasgow[not used]
DumfriesshireSM1903-1974DumfriesDumfries
DunbartonshireSN1903-1974DundeeDundee
DundeeTS YJ1903-1974DundeeDundee, Brighton
EdinburghS FS SC SF SG1903-1974EdinburghEdinburgh
WS 1920-1974 Bristol
Elginshire = Morayshire (1919)SO1903-1974AberdeenAberdeen
FifeshireFG SP1903-1974DundeeDundee, Brighton
Forfarshire = Angus (1928)SR1903-1974DundeeDundee
GlasgowG GA GB GD GE GG1903-1974GlasgowGlasgow
US YS 1912-1974
Govan (Glasgow)US1903-1912(Glasgow)(Glasgow)
Greenock (Glasgow)VS1903-1974GlasgowLuton
Haddingtonshire = East Lothian (1921)SS1903-1974EdinburghAberdeen
InvernessshireST1903-1974InvernessInverness
KincardineshireSU1903-1974GlasgowGlasgow
KinrossshireSV1903-1974Edinburgh[not used]
KirkcaldyXA1963-1974Edinburgh[not used]
KirkcudbrightshireSW1903-1974DumfriesDumfries
LanarkshireV VA VD1903-1974GlasgowCambridge, Luton
Leith (Edinburgh)WS1903-1920(Edinburgh)(Edinburgh)
Linlithgowshire = West Lothian (1921)SX1903-1974EdinburghEdinburgh
MidlothianSY1903-1974Edinburgh[not used]
Motherwell (Glasgow)GM1903-1974GlasgowReading
NairnshireAS1903-1974InvernessInverness
OrkneyBS1903-1974KirkwallKirkwall
Paisley (Glasgow)XS1903-1974Glasgow[not used]
Partick (Glasgow)YS1903-1912(Glasgow)(Glasgow)
PeeblesshireDS1903-1974GlasgowGlasgow
PerthshireES GS1903-1974DundeeDundee, Luton
RenfrewshireHS1903-1974GlasgowGlasgow
Ross & CromartyJS1903-1974StornowayStornoway
RoxburghshireKS1903-1974St. Boswell'sSt. Boswell's
SelkirkshireLS1903-1974StirlingStirling
ShetlandPS1903-1974LerwickLerwick
StirlingshireMS WG1903-1974StirlingStirling, Sheffield
SutherlandshireNS1903-1974GlasgowGlasgow
WigtownshireOS1903-1974StranraerStranraer
Wishaw (Glasgow)GM1921-1974GlasgowGlasgow
Isle of Man
CouncilMarksPeriod
Isle of ManMN1903-1974
Ireland
CouncilMarksPeriod
AntrimDZ IA KZ RZ1903-1966
ArmaghIB LZ XZ1903-1966
BelfastOI OZ1903-1966
Belfast Co. BoroughAZ CZ EZ FZ GZ MZ PZ TZ UZ WZ XI1903-1966
CarlowIC1903-1966
CavanID1903-1966
ClareIE1903-1966
CorkIF ZK ZT1903-1966
County CorkPI ZB ZF1903-1966
DonegalIH ZP1903-1966
DownBZ IJ JZ SZ1903-1966
DublinZ IK RI ZA ZC ZD ZE ZH ZI ZJ ZL ZO ZU1903-1966
FermanaghIL1903-1966
GalwayIM ZM1903-1966
KerryIN ZX1903-1966
KildareIO ZW1903-1966
KilkennyIP1903-1966
Kings County = Offaly (1922)IR1903-1966
LeitrimIT1903-1966
LimerickIU1903-1966
Limerick County BoroughTI1903-1966
LondonderryIW NZ YZ1903-1966
Londonderry County BoroughUI1903-1966
LongfordIX1903-1966
LouthIY1903-1966
MayoIZ1903-1966
MeathAI ZN1903-1966
MonaghanBI1903-1966
Queens County = Laois (1922)CI1903-1966
RoscommonDI1903-1966
SligoEI1903-1966
Tipperary (North Riding)FI1903-1966
Tipperary (South Riding)HI1903-1966
TyroneHZ JI VZ1903-1966
WaterfordKI1903-1966
Waterford County BoroughWI1903-1966
WestmeathLI1903-1966
WexfordMI ZR1903-1966
WicklowNI1903-1966
Not used (originally)
 I GI IG II IS IV OO SI VI WC ZG ZS ZV ZY ZZ 

DVLA series – 1974 to 2001 (England, Wales & Scotland)

Since the 1996-97 shake-up, the surviving British VROs/LVLOs have been grouped into 5 broad geographical areas:

  1. Scotland & North
  2. North Wales & West
  3. Eastern
  4. South Wales & South
  5. South East

In the table below, offices that have closed are shown immediately above the offices that took over their areas. The marks did not necessarily transfer, however. Marks shown in parentheses are those taken over from another office after 1974 (most often the one listed immediately above). On closure in 1996, Coventry's work was split between Birmingham and Northampton, and Liverpool's between Preston, Manchester and Chester. The “originated from” column gives the council(s) covering the area prior to 1974, or (if in parentheses) donors of marks which switched areas in 1974.
Scotland & North
VRO/LVLO nameMarksOriginated fromDates operational
WickSKCaithnessshire1974-1981
KirkwallBSOrkney1974-1980
StornowayJSRoss & Cromarty1974-1980
InvernessAS (BS) (JS) (SK) STInvernessshire, Nairnshire1974-2001
KeithSEBanffshire1974-1981
LerwickPSShetland1974-1980
Aberdeen(PS) RS SA (SE) SO SSAberdeen, Aberdeenshire, East Lothian, Morayshire1974-2001
DundeeES SL SN SP SR TSDundee, Angus, Clackmannanshire, Dunbartonshire, Fifeshire, Perthshire1974-2001
AyrCS SD SJAyrshire, Buteshire1974-1981
StranraerOSWigtownshire1974-1981
ObanSBArgyllshire1974-1980
Glasgow(CS) DS GA GB GD GE GG HS NS (OS) (SB) (SD) (SJ) SU US YSGlasgow, Kincardineshire, Peeblesshire, Renfrewshire, Sutherlandshire1974-2001
StirlingLS MSStirlingshire, Selkirkshire1974-1981
St. Boswell'sKS SHBerwickshire, Roxburghshire1974-1975
Selkirk(KS) (SH)—1975-1980
EdinburghFS (KS) (LS) (MS) SC SF SG (SH) SXEdinburgh, West Lothian1974-2001
DurhamBR GR PT UPCo. Durham, Sunderland1974-1981
NewcastleBB (BR) CN CU FT (GR) JR NL (PT) RG TN TY (UP) VKNewcastle, Gateshead, South Shields, Tynemouth, Northumberland (Aberdeen)1974-2001
DumfriesSM SWDumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire1974-1981
CarlisleAO HH RM (SM)Carlisle, Cumberland1974-2001
MiddlesbroughAJ DC EF HN PY VNDarlington, Hartlepool, Teesside, Yorkshire (North Riding)1974-2001
North Wales & West
VRO/LVLO nameMarksOriginated fromDates operational
BangorCCCaernarvonshire1974-2001
KendalECWestmorland1974-1981
Barrow-in-FurnessEOBarrow-in-Furness1974-1981
PrestonBV CK CW (EC) EO FR FV HG RNPreston, Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley1974-2001
YorkBT DN VYYork, Yorkshire (East Riding)1974-1980
HuddersfieldCP CX HD JX VHHuddersfield, Dewsbury, Halifax...
Leeds(BT) (DN) NW UA UB UG UM (VY) WR WT WU WW WX WY YGLeeds, Yorkshire (West Riding), Yorkshire (North Riding)1974-2001
WarringtonDJ ED EK EM JP TBWarrington, Bootle, St. Helens, Wigan, Lancashire1974-1981
LiverpoolBG CM (DJ) (ED) (EK) FY HF (JP) KA KB KC KD KF LV TJ WMLiverpool, Birkenhead, Southport, Wallasey, Lancashire1974-1996
BoltonBN CB DK EN TD TE WHBolton, Blackburn, Bury, Rochdale, Lancashire1974-1981
ManchesterBA (BN) BU (CB) DB (DK) (EN) JA NA NB NC ND NE NF RJ (TD) (TE) VM VR VU (WH)Manchester, Oldham, Salford, Stockport1974-2001
ChesterCA DM FM LG MA MB TUChester, Cheshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire1974-2001
ShrewsburyAW NT UJ UXShropshire1974-2001
CoventryAC DU HP KV RW VC WKCoventry, Warwickshire1974-1996
DudleyDH EA FD FK HA NX UE WDDudley, Walsall, Warley, West Bromwich, Warwickshire (Worcester)...
BirminghamDA (DH) (HA) JW OA OB OC OE OF OG OH OJ OK OL OM ON OP OV OX UK VPBirmingham, Wolverhampton1974-2001
HerefordCJ FO VJHerefordshire, Radnorshire1974-1981
GloucesterAD (CJ) DD DF DG FH (FO) (VJ)Gloucestershire1974-1997
WorcesterAB NP UY WPWorcestershire1974-2001
Eastern
VRO/LVLO nameMarksOriginated fromDates operational
Kingston-upon-HullAG AT KH RHKingston-upon-Hull (Ayrshire)1974-1997
Beverley(AG) (AT) (KH) (RH)—1997-2001
SheffieldAK DT ET HE HL KU KW KY WA WB WE WF WG WJSheffield, Barnsley, Bradford, Doncaster, Rotherham, Wakefield, Yorkshire (East Riding)1974-2001
BostonCT DO JLHolland (Lincs.), Kesteven (Lincs.)1974-1981
GrimsbyBE EE FU JVGrimsby, Lindsey (Lincs.)1974-1980
Lincoln(BE) (CT) (DO) (EE) FE (FU) FW (JL) (JV) TL VLLincoln, Kesteven (Lincs.), Lindsey (Lincs.)1974-2001
Stoke-on-TrentBF EH FA RE RF VTStoke-on-Trent, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire1974-1997
LeicesterAY BC FP JF JU NR RY UTLeicester, Leicestershire, Rutland1974-1996
NottinghamAL AU (AY) (BC) (BF) CH (EH) (FA) (JF) (JU) NN (NR) NU RA RB RC (RE) (RF) RR (RY) TO TV (UT) VO (VT)Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby, Derbyshire1974-2001
CambridgeCE EB ER JE VA VECambridge, Isle of Ely, Cambridgeshire (Lanarkshire)1974-1980
PeterboroughAV (CE) (EB) EG (ER) EW FL (JE) (VA) (VE)Peterborough/Huntingdon (Aberdeenshire)1974-2001
NorwichAH CL EX NG PW VF VGNorwich, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk1974-2001
IpswichBJ DX GV PV RTIpswich, East Suffolk, West Suffolk1974-2001
London NEMC MD ME MF MG MH MK ML MM MP MT MUGreater London1974-1997
ChelmsfordAR EV HJ HK JN NO OO PU TW VW VX WCSouthend-on-Sea, Essex, Hertfordshire1974-2001
LutonBH BM GS KX MJ NK NM PP RO TM UR VD* VSBedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire (Greenock, Perthshire)1974-2001
NorthamptonBD NH NV RP VVNorthamptonshire1974-2001
South Wales & South
VRO/LVLO nameMarksOriginated fromDates operational
AberystwythEJ FFCardiganshire, Merionethshire1974-1981
Bangor[2]EY (FF) JCAnglesey, Caernarvonshire1981-1983
HaverfordwestBX DE (EJ)Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire1974-1996
Swansea(BX) CY (DE) (EJ) EP TH WNSwansea, Carmarthenshire, Montgomeryshire1974-2001
CardiffAX BO DW HB KG NY TG TX UH WOCardiff, Newport (Mon.), Glamorganshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire1974-2001
SwindonAM HR MR MWWiltshire1974-1997
BristolAE (AM) EU FB (HR) HT HU HW HY (MR) (MW) OU TC WSBristol, Bath, Breconshire, Hampshire (Edinburgh, Lancashire)1974-2001
OxfordBW FC JO UD WLOxford, Oxfordshire1974-2001
GuildfordPA PB PC PD PE PF PG PH PJ PK PL PMSurrey, East Sussex1974-1997
ReadingAN BL CF DP GM JB JH JM MO RD RX TFReading, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, (Lancashire, Greater London, Motherwell/Wishaw, West Suffolk, Westmorland)1974-2001
Newport (I.o.W.)DLIsle of Wight1974-1981
PortsmouthBK BP CR (DL) OR OT OW PO PX RV TP TRPortsmouth, Southampton, Hampshire, West Sussex1974-2001
SalisburyAA CG HOHampshire1974-1980
Bournemouth(AA) (CG) EL FX (HO) JT LJ PR RUBournemouth, Dorsetshire1974-2001
TauntonYA YB YC YDSomersetshire1974-1997
BarnstapleUN UODevonshire, (Denbighshire)1974-1981
PlymouthCO DR JY TKPlymouth, Dorsetshire1974-1980
ExeterDV FJ OD TA TT (YA) (YB) (YC) (YD)Exeter, Devonshire1974-2001
TruroAF CV GL RLCornwall, (Bath)1974-2001
South East
VRO/LVLO nameMarksOriginated fromDates operational
London CentralHM HV HX JD UC UU UV UW YE YF YH YK YL YM YN YO YP YR YT YU YV YW YX YYGreater London1974-1997
London SWGC GF GH GJ GK GN GO GP GTGreater London1974-1997
Wimbledon(GC) (GF) (GH) (GJ) (GK) (GN) (GO) (GP) (GT)—1997-2001
London NWBY LA LB LC LD LE LF LH LK LL LM LN LO LP LR LT LU LW LX LY OY RKGreater London1974-1997
Stanmore(BY) (LA) (LB) (LC) (LD) (LE) (LF) (LH) (LK) (LL) (LM) (LN) (LO) (LP) (LR) (LT) (LU) (LW) (LX) (LY) (OY) (RK)—1997-2001
London SEGU GW GX GY MV MX MYGreater London1974-1997
Sidcup(GU) (GW) (GX) (GY) (MV) (MX) (MY)—1997-2001
CanterburyFN JG JJ KT VBCanterbury, Kent (Greater London)1974-1981
MaidstoneKE KJ KK KL KM KN KO KP KRKent1974-2001
HastingsDY HC JKHastings, Eastbourne1974-1980
BrightonAP CD (DY) FG (HC) (JK) NJ PN UF WV YJBrighton, East Sussex (Dundee, Fifeshire, Wiltshire)1974-2001

Index

This table lists the marks alphabetically, to enable marks to be looked up in the tables above, and also for an easy way to follow through any particular mark.

There were major changes to the allocation of marks in 1965, 1974, 1980/1 and 1996/7 — particularly in 1974 — so the table below is divided into the resulting periods. However, there have been odd changes at other times as well. For further details see the main list. Single letter codes generally fell out of use in the 1930s. Ireland ceased to use these letters after 1986, introducing a new system from 1987.
Letter1904-19641965-19741974-19801981-19961997-2001
AGreater London————
AAHampshireHampshireSalisburyBournemouth (Salisbury series)Bournemouth
ABWorcestershireWorcestershireWorcesterWorcesterWorcester
ACWarwickshireWarwickshireCoventryCoventryBirmingham/Northampton ? (Coventry series)
ADGloucestershireGloucestershireGloucesterGloucesterWorcester/Bristol ? (Gloucester series)
AEBristolBristolBristolBristolBristol
AFCornwallCornwallTruroTruroTruro
AGAyrshireAyrshireKingston-upon-HullKingston-upon-HullBeverley
AHNorfolkNorfolkNorwichNorwichNorwich
AIMeathMeathMeathMeath—
AJYorkshire North RidingYorkshire North RidingMiddlesbroughMiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough
AKBradfordBradfordSheffieldSheffieldSheffield
ALNottinghamshireNottinghamshireNottinghamNottinghamNottingham
AMWiltshireWiltshireSwindonSwindonBristol (Swindon series)
ANWest HamGreater LondonReadingReadingReading
AOCumberlandCumberlandCarlisleCarlisleCarlisle
APEast SussexEast SussexBrightonBrightonBrighton
ARHertfordshireHertfordshireChelmsfordChelmsfordChelmsford
ASNairnshireNairnshireInvernessInvernessInverness
ATKingston-upon-HullKingston-upon-HullKingston-upon-HullKingston-upon-HullBeverley
AUNottinghamNottinghamNottinghamNottinghamNottingham
AVAberdeenshireAberdeenshirePeterboroughPeterboroughPeterborough
AWShropshireShropshireShrewsburyShrewsburyShrewsbury
AXMonmouthshireMonmouthshireCardiffCardiffCardiff
AYLeicestershireLeicestershireLeicesterLeicesterNottingham (Leicester series)
AZBelfast County BoroughBelfastBelfastBelfast—
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BLancashire————
BASalfordSalfordManchesterManchesterManchester
BBNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-Tyne
BCLeicesterLeicesterLeicesterLeicesterNottingham (Leicester series)
BDNorthamptonshireNorthamptonshireNorthamptonNorthamptonNorthampton
BELindsey (Lincs.)Lindsey (Lincs.)GrimsbyLincoln (Grimsby series)Lincoln
BFDorsetshire (before 1904)StaffordshireStoke-on-TrentStoke-on-TrentNottingham
BGBirkenheadBirkenheadLiverpoolLiverpool—
BHBuckinghamshireBuckinghamshireLutonLutonLuton
BIMonaghanMonaghanMonaghanMonaghan—
BJEast SuffolkEast SuffolkIpswichIpswichIpswich
BKPortsmouthPortsmouthPortsmouthPortsmouthPortsmouth
BLBerkshireBerkshireReadingReadingReading
BMBedfordshireBedfordshireLutonLutonLuton
BNBoltonBoltonBoltonManchester (Bolton series)Manchester (Bolton series)
BOCardiffCardiffCardiffCardiffCardiff
BPWest SussexWest SussexPortsmouthPortsmouthPortsmouth
BRSunderlandSunderlandDurhamNewcastle-upon-Tyne (Durham series)Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Durham series)
BSOrkneyOrkneyKirkwallInverness (Kirkwall series)—
BTYorkshire East RidingYorkshire East RidingYorkLeeds (York series)Leeds (York series)
BUOldhamOldhamManchesterManchesterManchester
BVBlackburnBlackburnPrestonPrestonPreston
BWOxfordshireOxfordshireOxfordOxfordOxford
BXCarmarthenshireCarmarthenshireHaverfordwestHaverfordwestSwansea (Haverfordwest series)
BYCroydonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
BZDownDownpatrickDownpatrickDownpatrick—
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CYorkshire West Riding————
CADenbighshireDenbighshireChesterChesterChester
CBBlackburnBlackburnBoltonManchester (Bolton series)Manchester (Bolton series)
CCCaernarvonshireCaernarvonshireBangorBangorBangor
CDBrightonBrightonBrightonBrightonBrighton
CECambridgeshireCambridge/Isle of ElyCambridgePeterborough (Cambridge series)Peterborough (Cambridge series)
CFWest SuffolkWest SuffolkReadingReadingReading
CGHampshireHampshireSalisburyBournemouth (Salisbury series)Bournemouth
CHDerbyDerbyNottinghamNottinghamNottingham
CIQueens County (before 1922)
Laois
LaoisLaoisLaois—
CJHerefordshireHerefordshireHerefordGloucester (Hereford series)Worcester/Bristol ? (Gloucester series)
CKPrestonPrestonPrestonPrestonPreston
CLNorwichNorwichNorwichNorwichNorwich
CMBirkenheadBirkenheadLiverpoolLiverpool—
CNGatesheadGatesheadNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-Tyne
COPlymouthPlymouthPlymouth——
CPHalifaxHalifaxHuddersfieldHuddersfieldLeeds/Manchester ? (Huddersfield series)
CRSouthamptonSouthamptonPortsmouthPortsmouthPortsmouth
CSAyrshireAyrshireAyrGlasgow (Ayr series)Glasgow (Ayr series)
CTKesteven (Lincs.)Kesteven (Lincs.)BostonLincoln (Boston series)Lincoln
CUSouth ShieldsSouth ShieldsNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-Tyne
CVCornwallCornwallTruroTruroTruro
CWBurnleyBurnleyPrestonPrestonPreston
CXHuddersfieldHuddersfieldHuddersfieldHuddersfieldLeeds/Manchester ? (Huddersfield series)
CYSwanseaSwanseaSwanseaSwanseaSwansea
CZBelfast County BoroughBelfastBelfastBelfast—
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DKent————
DAWolverhamptonWolverhamptonBirminghamBirminghamBirmingham
DBStockportStockportManchesterManchesterManchester
DCMiddlesbroughTeessideMiddlesbroughMiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough
DDGloucestershireGloucestershireGloucesterGloucesterWorcester/Bristol ? (Gloucester series)
DEPembrokeshirePembrokeshireHaverfordwestHaverfordwestSwansea (Haverfordwest series)
DFNorthampton (before 1904)
Gloucestershire (since 1926)
GloucestershireGloucesterGloucesterWorcester/Bristol ? (Gloucester series)
DGGloucestershireGloucestershireGloucesterGloucesterWorcester/Bristol ? (Gloucester series)
DHWalsallWalsallDudleyDudleyBirmingham ? (Dudley series)
DIRoscommonRoscommonRoscommonRoscommon—
DJSt. HelensSt. HelensWarringtonLiverpool (Warrington series)—
DKRochdaleRochdaleBoltonManchester (Bolton series)Manchester (Bolton series)
DLIsle of WightIsle of WightNewport (I.o.W.)Portsmouth (I.o.W. series)?
DMFlintshireFlintshireChesterChesterChester
DNYorkYorkYorkLeeds (York series)Leeds (York series)
DOHolland (Lincs.)Holland (Lincs.)BostonLincoln (Boston series)Lincoln
DPReadingReadingReadingReadingReading
DRDevonport (before 1915)
Plymouth
PlymouthPlymouth——
DSPeeblesshirePeeblesshireGlasgowGlasgowGlasgow
DTDoncaster (since 1927)DoncasterSheffieldSheffieldSheffield
DUCoventryCoventryCoventryCoventryBirmingham/Northampton ? (Coventry series)
DVDevonshireDevonshireExeterExeterExeter
DWNewport (Mon.)Newport (Mon.)CardiffCardiffCardiff
DXIpswichIpswichIpswichIpswichIpswich
DYHastingsHastingsHastingsBrighton (Hastings series)Brighton (Hastings series)
DZAntrimBallymenaBallymenaBallymena—
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EStaffordshire————
EAWest BromwichWest BromwichDudleyDudley—
EBIsle of ElyIsle of Ely/CambridgeshireCambridgePeterborough (Cambridge series)Peterborough (Cambridge series)
ECWestmorlandWestmorlandKendalPreston (Kendal series)Preston
EDWarringtonWarringtonWarringtonLiverpool (Warrington series)—
EEGrimsbyGrimsbyGrimsbyLincoln (Grimsby series)Lincoln
EFWest HartlepoolHartlepoolMiddlesbroughMiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough
EGPeterboroughPeterborough/HuntingdonPeterboroughPeterboroughPeterborough
EHHanley (before 1910)
Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-TrentStoke-on-TrentStoke-on-TrentNottingham
EISligoSligoSligoSligo—
EJCardiganshireCardiganshireAberystwyth (Cardigan series)Haverfordwest (Cardigan series)Swansea (Haverfordwest series)
EKWiganWiganWarringtonLiverpool (Warrington series)—
ELBournemouthBournemouthBournemouthBournemouthBournemouth
EMBootleBootleLiverpoolLiverpool—
ENBuryBuryBoltonManchester (Bolton series)Manchester (Bolton series)
EOBarrow-in-FurnessBarrow-in-FurnessBarrow-in-FurnessPreston (Barrow series)Preston
EPMontgomeryshireMontgomeryshireSwanseaSwanseaSwansea
ERCambridgeshireCambridgeshire/Isle of ElyCambridgePeterborough (Cambridge series)Peterborough
ESPerthshirePerthshireDundeeDundeeDundee
ETRotherhamRotherhamSheffieldSheffieldSheffield
EUBrecknockshireBreconshireBristolBristolBristol
EVEssexEssexChelmsfordChelmsfordChelmsford
EWHuntingdonshireHuntingdon/PeterboroughPeterboroughPeterboroughPeterborough
EXGreat YarmouthGreat YarmouthNorwichNorwichNorwich
EYAngleseyAngleseyBangorBangorBangor
EZBelfast County BoroughBelfastBelfastBelfast—
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FEssex————
FABurton-upon-TrentBurton-upon-TrentStoke-on-TrentStoke-on-TrentNottingham
FBBathBathBristolBristolBristol
FCOxfordOxfordOxfordOxfordOxford
FDDudleyDudleyDudleyDudley—
FELincolnLincolnLincolnLincolnLincoln
FFMerionethshireMerionethshireAberystwyth (Merioneth series)Bangor (Merioneth series)—
FGFifeshireFifeshireBrightonBrightonBrighton
FHGloucesterGloucesterGloucesterGloucesterWorcester/Bristol ? (Gloucester series)
FITipperary North RidingTipperary North RidingTipperary North RidingTipperary North Riding—
FJExeterExeterExeterExeterExeter
FKWorcesterWorcesterDudleyDudley—
FLPeterboroughPeterborough/HuntingdonPeterboroughPeterboroughPeterborough
FMChesterChesterChesterChesterChester
FNCanterburyCanterburyCanterbury——
FORadnorshireRadnorshireHereford (Radnor series)Gloucester (Radnor series)Worcester/Bristol ? (Radnor series)
FPRutlandRutlandLeicesterLeicesterNottingham (Leicester series)
FRBlackpool (since 1904)BlackpoolPrestonPrestonPreston
FSEdinburghEdinburghEdinburghEdinburghEdinburgh
FTTynemouth (since 1904)TynemouthNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-Tyne
FULindsey (Lincs.)Lindsey (Lincs.)GrimsbyLincoln (Grimsby series)Lincoln
FVBlackpool (since 1904)BlackpoolPrestonPrestonPreston
FWLindsey (Lincs.)Lindsey (Lincs.)LincolnLincolnLincoln
FXDorsetshireDorsetshireBournemouthBournemouthBournemouth
FYSouthportSouthportLiverpoolLiverpool—
FZBelfast County BoroughBelfastBelfastBelfast—
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GGlasgow————
GAGlasgowGlasgowGlasgowGlasgowGlasgow
GBGlasgowGlasgowGlasgowGlasgowGlasgow
GCGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon S.W.London S.W.Wimbledon
GDGlasgowGlasgowGlasgowGlasgowGlasgow
GEGlasgowGlasgowGlasgowGlasgowGlasgow
GFGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon S.W.London S.W.Wimbledon
GGGlasgowGlasgowGlasgowGlasgowGlasgow
GHGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon S.W.London S.W.Wimbledon
GI———Tipperary South Riding—
GJGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon S.W.London S.W.Wimbledon
GKGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon S.W.London S.W.Wimbledon
GLBathBathTruroTruroTruro
GMMotherwell
Motherwell/Wishaw (since 1921)
Motherwell/WishawReadingReadingReading
GNGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon S.W.London S.W.Wimbledon
GOGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon S.W.London S.W.Wimbledon
GPGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon S.W.London S.W.Wimbledon
GRSunderlandSunderlandDurhamNewcastle-upon-Tyne (Durham series)Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Durham series)
GSPerthshirePerthshireLutonLutonLuton
GTGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon S.W.London S.W.Wimbledon
GUGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon S.E.London S.E.Sidcup
GVWest SuffolkWest SuffolkIpswichIpswichIpswich
GWGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon S.E.London S.E.Sidcup
GXGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon S.E.London S.E.Sidcup
GYGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon S.E.London S.E.Sidcup
GZBelfast County BoroughBelfastBelfastBelfast—
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HMiddlesex————
HASmethwick (since 1907)WarleyDudleyDudleyBirmingham ? (Dudley series)
HBMerthyr Tydfil (since 1908)Merthyr TydfilCardiffCardiffCardiff
HCEastbourne (since 1911)EastbourneHastingsBrighton (Hastings series)Brighton (Hastings series)
HDDewsbury (since 1913)DewsburyHuddersfieldHuddersfieldLeeds/Manchester ? (Huddersfield series)
HEBarnsley (since 1913)BarnsleySheffieldSheffieldSheffield
HFWallasey (since 1913)WallaseyLiverpoolLiverpool—
HGBurnleyBurnleyPrestonPrestonPreston
HHCarlisle (since 1914)CarlisleCarlisleCarlisleCarlisle
HITipperary South RidingTipperary South RidingTipperary South RidingTipperary South Riding—
HJSouthend-on-Sea (since 1914)Southend-on-SeaChelmsfordChelmsfordChelmsford
HKEssexEssexChelmsfordChelmsfordChelmsford
HLWakefield (since 1915)WakefieldSheffieldSheffieldSheffield
HMEast Ham (since 1915)Greater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
HNDarlington (since 1915)DarlingtonMiddlesbroughMiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough
HOHampshireHampshireSalisburyBournemouth (Salisbury series)Bournemouth
HPCoventryCoventryCoventryCoventryBirmingham/Northampton ? (Coventry series)
HRWiltshireWiltshireSwindonSwindonBristol
HSRenfrewshireRenfrewshireGlasgowGlasgowGlasgow
HTBristolBristolBristolBristolBristol
HUBristolBristolBristolBristolBristol
HVEast Ham (since 1915)Greater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
HWBristolBristolBristolBristolBristol
HXMiddlesexGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
HYBristolBristolBristolBristolBristol
HZTyroneOmaghOmaghOmagh—
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I—————
IAAntrimBallymenaBallymenaBallymena—
IBArmaghArmaghArmaghArmagh—
ICCarlowCarlowCarlowCarlow—
IDCavanCavanCavanCavan—
IEClareClareClareClare—
IFCorkCorkCorkCork—
IG———Fermanagh(?)—
IHDonegalDonegalDonegalDonegal—
II—————
IJDownDownpatrickDownpatrickDownpatrick—
IKDublinDublinDublinDublin—
ILFermanaghEnniskillenEnniskillenEnniskillen—
IMGalwayGalwayGalwayGalway—
INKerryKerryKerryKerry—
IOKildareKildareKildareKildare—
IPKilkennyKilkennyKilkennyKilkenny—
IRKings County (before 1922)
Offaly
OffalyOffalyOffaly—
IS———Mayo—
ITLeitrimLeitrimLeitrimLeitrim—
IULimerickLimerickLimerickLimerick—
IV———Limerick—
IWLondonderryColeraineColeraineColeraine—
IXLongfordLongfordLongfordLongford—
IYLouthLouthLouthLouth—
IZMayoMayoMayoMayo—
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JCounty Durham————
JAStockportStockportManchesterManchesterManchester
JBBerkshireBerkshireReadingReadingReading
JCCaernarvonshireCaernarvonshireBangorBangorBangor
JDWest HamGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
JEIsle of ElyIsle of Ely/CambridgeshireCambridgePeterborough (Cambridge series)Peterborough (Cambridge series)
JFLeicesterLeicesterLeicesterLeicesterNottingham (Leicester series)
JGCanterburyCanterburyCanterbury——
JHHertfordshireHertfordshireReadingReadingReading
JITyroneTyroneOmaghOmagh—
JJGreater LondonGreater LondonCanterbury——
JKEastbourne (since 1911)EastbourneHastingsBrighton (Hastings series)Brighton (Hastings series)
JLHolland (Lincs.)Holland (Lincs.)BostonLincoln (Boston series)Lincoln
JMWestmorlandWestmorlandReadingReadingReading
JNSouthend-on-Sea (since 1914)Southend-on-SeaChelmsfordChelmsfordChelmsford
JOOxfordOxfordOxfordOxfordOxford
JPWiganWiganWarringtonLiverpool (Warrington series)—
JRNorthumberlandNorthumberlandNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-Tyne
JSRoss & CromartyRoss & CromartyStornowayInverness (Stornoway series)—
JTDorsetshireDorsetshireBournemouthBournemouthBournemouth
JULeicestershireLeicestershireLeicesterLeicesterNottingham (Leicester series)
JVGrimsbyGrimsbyGrimsbyLincoln (Grimsby series)Lincoln
JWWolverhamptonWolverhamptonBirminghamBirminghamBirmingham
JXHalifaxHalifaxHuddersfieldHuddersfieldLeeds/Manchester ? (Huddersfield series)
JYPlymouthPlymouthPlymouth——
JZDownDownpatrickDownpatrickDownpatrick—
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KLiverpool————
KALiverpoolLiverpoolLiverpoolLiverpool—
KBLiverpoolLiverpoolLiverpoolLiverpool—
KCLiverpoolLiverpoolLiverpoolLiverpool—
KDLiverpoolLiverpoolLiverpoolLiverpool—
KEKentKentMaidstoneMaidstoneMaidstone
KFLiverpoolLiverpoolLiverpoolLiverpool—
KGCardiffCardiffCardiffCardiffCardiff
KHKingston-upon-HullKingston-upon-HullKingston-upon-HullKingston-upon-HullBeverley
KIWaterfordWaterfordWaterfordWaterford—
KJKentKentMaidstoneMaidstoneMaidstone
KKKentKentMaidstoneMaidstoneMaidstone
KLKentKentMaidstoneMaidstoneMaidstone
KMKentKentMaidstoneMaidstoneMaidstone
KNKentKentMaidstoneMaidstoneMaidstone
KOKentKentMaidstoneMaidstoneMaidstone
KPKentKentMaidstoneMaidstoneMaidstone
KRKentKentMaidstoneMaidstoneMaidstone
KSRoxburghshireRoxburghshireSt. Boswell's (before 1975)
Selkirk
Edinburgh (Selkirk series)Edinburgh (Selkirk series)
KTKentKentCanterbury——
KUBradfordBradfordSheffieldSheffieldSheffield
KVCoventryCoventryCoventryCoventryBirmingham/Northampton ? (Coventry series)
KWBradfordBradfordSheffieldSheffieldSheffield
KXBuckinghamshireBuckinghamshireLutonLutonLuton
KYBradfordBradfordSheffieldSheffieldSheffield
KZAntrimBallymenaBallymenaBallymena—
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LGlamorganshire————
LAGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
LBGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
LCGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
LDGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
LEGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
LFGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
LGCheshireCheshireChesterChesterChester
LHGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
LIWestmeathWestmeathWestmeathWestmeath—
LJBournemouthBournemouthBournemouthBournemouthBournemouth
LKGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
LLGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
LMGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
LNGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
LOGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
LPGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
LRGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
LSSelkirkshireSelkirkshireStirlingEdinburgh (Stirling series)Edinburgh (Stirling series)
LTGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
LUGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
LVLiverpoolLiverpoolLiverpoolLiverpool—
LWGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
LXGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
LYGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
LZArmaghArmaghArmaghArmagh—
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MCheshire————
MACheshireCheshireChesterChesterChester
MBCheshireCheshireChesterChesterChester
MCMiddlesexGreater LondonLondon N.E.London N.E.Chelmsford (dealer series)
MDMiddlesexGreater LondonLondon N.E.London N.E.Chelmsford (dealer series)
MEMiddlesexGreater LondonLondon N.E.London N.E.Chelmsford (dealer series)
MFMiddlesexGreater LondonLondon N.E.London N.E.Chelmsford (dealer series)
MGMiddlesexGreater LondonLondon N.E.London N.E.Chelmsford (dealer series)
MHMiddlesexGreater LondonLondon N.E.London N.E.Chelmsford (dealer series)
MIWexfordWexfordWexfordWexford—
MJBedfordshireBedfordshireLutonLutonLuton
MKMiddlesexGreater LondonLondon N.E.London N.E.Chelmsford (dealer series)
MLMiddlesexGreater LondonLondon N.E.London N.E.Chelmsford (dealer series)
MMMiddlesexGreater LondonLondon N.E.London N.E.Chelmsford (dealer series)
MNIsle of ManIsle of ManIsle of ManIsle of ManIsle of Man
MOBerkshireBerkshireReadingReadingReading
MPMiddlesexGreater LondonLondon N.E.London N.E.Chelmsford (dealer series)
MRWiltshireWiltshireSwindonSwindonBristol
MSStirlingshireStirlingshireStirlingEdinburgh (Stirling series)Edinburgh (Stirling series)
MTMiddlesexGreater LondonLondon N.E.London N.E.Chelmsford (dealer series)
MUMiddlesexGreater LondonLondon N.E.London N.E.Chelmsford (dealer series)
MVMiddlesexGreater LondonLondon S.E.London S.E.Sidcup
MWWiltshireWiltshireSwindonSwindonBristol
MXMiddlesexGreater LondonLondon S.E.London S.E.Sidcup
MYMiddlesexGreater LondonLondon S.E.London S.E.Sidcup
MZBelfast County BoroughBelfastBelfastBelfast—
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NAManchesterManchesterManchesterManchesterManchester
NBManchesterManchesterManchesterManchesterManchester
NCManchesterManchesterManchesterManchesterManchester
NDManchesterManchesterManchesterManchesterManchester
NEManchesterManchesterManchesterManchesterManchester
NFManchesterManchesterManchesterManchesterManchester
NGNorfolkNorfolkNorwichNorwichNorwich
NHNorthamptonNorthamptonNorthamptonNorthamptonNorthampton
NIWicklowWicklowWicklowWicklow—
NJEast SussexEast SussexBrightonBrightonBrighton
NKHertfordshireHertfordshireLutonLutonLuton
NLNorthumberlandNorthumberlandNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-Tyne
NMBedfordshireBedfordshireLutonLutonLuton
NNNottinghamshireNottinghamshireNottinghamNottinghamNottingham
NOEssexEssexChelmsfordChelmsfordChelmsford
NPWorcestershireWorcestershireWorcesterWorcesterWorcester
NRLeicestershireLeicestershireLeicesterLeicesterNottingham (Leicester series)
NSSutherlandshireSutherlandshireGlasgowGlasgowGlasgow
NTShropshireShropshireShrewsburyShrewsburyShrewsbury
NUDerbyshireDerbyshireNottinghamNottinghamNottingham
NVNorthamptonshireNorthamptonshireNorthamptonNorthamptonNorthampton
NWLeedsLeedsLeedsLeedsLeeds
NXWarwickshireWarwickshireDudleyDudley—
NYGlamorganshireGlamorganshireCardiffCardiffCardiff
NZLondonderryLondonderryColeraineColeraine—
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OBirmingham————
OABirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirmingham
OBBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirmingham
OCBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirmingham
ODDevonshireDevonshireExeterExeterExeter
OEBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirmingham
OFBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirmingham
OGBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirmingham
OHBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirmingham
OIBelfastBelfastBelfastBelfast—
OJBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirmingham
OKBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirmingham
OLBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirmingham
OMBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirmingham
ONBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirmingham
OO—EssexChelmsfordChelmsfordChelmsford
OPBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirmingham
ORHampshireHampshirePortsmouthPortsmouthPortsmouth
OSWigtownshireWigtownshireStanraerGlasgow (Stranraer series)Glasgow (Stranraer series)
OTHampshireHampshirePortsmouthPortsmouthPortsmouth
OUHampshireHampshireBristolBristolBristol
OVBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirmingham
OWSouthamptonSouthamptonPortsmouthPortsmouthPortsmouth
OXBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirmingham
OYCroydonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
OZBelfastBelfastBelfastBelfast—
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PASurreySurreyGuildfordGuildfordReading ? (Guildford series)
PBSurreySurreyGuildfordGuildfordReading ? (Guildford series)
PCSurreySurreyGuildfordGuildfordReading ? (Guildford series)
PDSurreySurreyGuildfordGuildfordReading ? (Guildford series)
PESurreySurreyGuildfordGuildfordReading ? (Guildford series)
PFSurreySurreyGuildfordGuildfordReading ? (Guildford series)
PGSurreySurreyGuildfordGuildfordReading ? (Guildford series)
PHSurreySurreyGuildfordGuildfordReading ? (Guildford series)
PICork County BoroughCork County BoroughCork County BoroughCork County Borough—
PJSurreySurreyGuildfordGuildfordReading ? (Guildford series)
PKSurreySurreyGuildfordGuildfordReading ? (Guildford series)
PLSurreySurreyGuildfordGuildfordReading ? (Guildford series)
PMEast SussexEast SussexGuildfordGuildfordReading ? (Guildford series)
PNEast SussexEast SussexBrightonBrightonBrighton
POWest SussexWest SussexPortsmouthPortsmouthPortsmouth
PPBuckinghamshireBuckinghamshireLutonLutonLuton
PRDorsetshireDorsetshireBournemouthBournemouthBournemouth
PSShetlandShetlandLerwickAberdeen (Lerwick series)—
PTCounty DurhamCounty DurhamDurhamNewcastle-upon-Tyne (Durham series)Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Durham series)
PUEssexEssexChelmsfordChelmsfordChelmsford
PVIpswichIpswichIpswichIpswichIpswich
PWNorfolkNorfolkNorwichNorwichNorwich
PXWest SussexWest SussexPortsmouthPortsmouthPortsmouth
PYYorkshire North RidingYorkshire North RidingMiddlesbroughMiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough
PZBelfast County BoroughBelfastBelfastBelfast—
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RDerbyshire————
RADerbyshireDerbyshireNottinghamNottinghamNottingham
RBDerbyshireDerbyshireNottinghamNottinghamNottingham
RCDerbyDerbyNottinghamNottinghamNottingham
RDReadingReadingReadingReadingReading
REStaffordshireStaffordshireStoke-on-TrentStoke-on-TrentNottingham
RFStaffordshireStaffordshireStoke-on-TrentStoke-on-TrentNottingham
RGAberdeenAberdeenNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-Tyne
RHKingston-upon-HullKingston-upon-HullKingston-upon-HullKingston-upon-HullBeverley
RIDublinDublinDublinDublin—
RJSalfordSalfordManchesterManchesterManchester
RKCroydonGreater LondonLondon N.W.London N.W.Stanmore
RLCornwallCornwallTruroTruroTruro
RMCumberlandCumberlandCarlisleCarlisleCarlisle
RNPrestonPrestonPrestonPrestonPreston
ROHertfordshireHertfordshireLutonLutonLuton
RPNorthamptonshireNorthamptonshireNorthamptonNorthamptonNorthampton
RRNottinghamshireNottinghamshireNottinghamNottinghamNottingham
RSAberdeenAberdeenAberdeenAberdeenAberdeen
RTEast SuffolkEast SuffolkIpswichIpswichIpswich
RUBournemouthBournemouthBournemouthBournemouthBournemouth
RVPortsmouthPortsmouthPortsmouthPortsmouthPortsmouth
RWCoventryCoventryCoventryCoventryBirmingham/Northampton ? (Coventry series)
RXBerkshireBerkshireReadingReadingReading
RYLeicesterLeicesterLeicesterLeicesterNottingham (Leicester series)
RZAntrimBallymenaBallymenaBallymena—
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SEdinburgh————
SAAberdeenshireAberdeenshireAberdeenAberdeenAberdeen
SBArgyllshireArgyllshireObanGlasgow (Oban series)Glasgow (Oban series)
SCEdinburghEdinburghEdinburghEdinburghEdinburgh
SDAyrshireAyrshireAyrGlasgow (Ayr series)—
SEBanffshireBanffshireKeithAberdeen (Keith series)—
SFEdinburghEdinburghEdinburghEdinburghEdinburgh
SGEdinburghEdinburghEdinburghEdinburghEdinburgh
SHBerwickshireBerwickshireSt. Boswell's (before 1975)
Selkirk
Edinburgh (Selkirk series)—
SI———Dublin—
SJButeshireButeshireAyrGlasgow (Ayr series)—
SKCaithness-shireCaithness-shireWickInverness (Wick series)—
SLClackmannanshireClackmannanshireDundeeDundeeDundee
SMDumfriesshireDumfriesshireDumfriesCarlisle (Dumfries series)—
SNDunbartonshireDunbartonshireDundeeDundeeDundee
SOElginshire (before 1919)
Morayshire
MorayshireAberdeenAberdeenAberdeen
SPFifeshireFifeshireDundeeDundeeDundee
SRForfarshire (before 1928)
Angus
AngusDundeeDundeeDundee
SSHaddingtonshire (before 1921)
East Lothian
East LothianAberdeenAberdeenAberdeen
STInverness-shireInverness-shireInvernessInvernessInverness
SUKincardineshireKincardineshireGlasgowGlasgowGlasgow
SVKinross-shireKinross-shire——†
SWKirkcudbrightshireKirkcudbrightshireDumfriesCarlisle (Dumfries series)—
SXLinlithgowshire (before 1921)
West Lothian
West LothianEdinburghEdinburghEdinburgh
SYMidlothianMidlothian——†
SZDownDownpatrickDownpatrickDownpatrick—
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TADevonshireDevonshireExeterExeterExeter
TBLancashireLancashireWarringtonLiverpool (Warrington series)—
TCLancashireLancashireBristolBristolBristol
TDLancashireLancashireBoltonManchester (Bolton series)Manchester (Bolton series)
TELancashireLancashireBoltonManchester (Bolton series)Manchester (Bolton series)
TFLancashireLancashireReadingReadingReading
TGGlamorganshireGlamorganshireCardiffCardiffCardiff
THCarmarthenshireCarmarthenshireSwanseaSwanseaSwansea
TILimerick County BoroughLimerick County BoroughLimerick County BoroughLimerick County Borough—
TJLancashireLancashireLiverpoolLiverpool—
TKDorsetshireDorsetshirePlymouth——
TLKesteven (Lincs.)Kesteven (Lincs.)LincolnLincolnLincoln
TMBedfordshireBedfordshireLutonLutonLuton
TNNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-Tyne
TONottinghamshireNottinghamshireNottinghamNottinghamNottingham
TPPortsmouthPortsmouthPortsmouthPortsmouthPortsmouth
TRSouthamptonSouthamptonPortsmouthPortsmouthPortsmouth
TSDundeeDundeeDundeeDundeeDundee
TTDevonshireDevonshireExeterExeterExeter
TUCheshireCheshireChesterChesterChester
TVNottinghamshireNottinghamshireNottinghamNottinghamNottingham
TWEssexEssexChelmsfordChelmsfordChelmsford
TXGlamorganshireGlamorganshireCardiffCardiffCardiff
TYNorthumberlandNorthumberlandNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-Tyne
TZBelfast County BoroughBelfastBelfastBelfast—
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ULeeds————
UALeedsLeedsLeedsLeedsLeeds
UBLeedsLeedsLeedsLeedsLeeds
UCGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
UDOxfordshireOxfordshireOxfordOxfordOxford
UEWarwickshireWarwickshireDudleyDudley—
UFBrightonBrightonBrightonBrightonBrighton
UGLeedsLeedsLeedsLeedsLeeds
UHCardiffCardiffCardiffCardiffCardiff
UILondonderry County BoroughLondonderryLondonderryLondonderry—
UJShropshireShropshireShrewsburyShrewsburyShrewsbury
UKWolverhamptonWolverhamptonBirminghamBirminghamBirmingham
ULGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
UMLeedsLeedsLeedsLeedsLeeds
UNDenbighshireDenbighshireBarnstaple——
UODevonshireDevonshireBarnstaple——
UPCounty DurhamCounty DurhamDurhamNewcastle-upon-Tyne (Durham series)Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Durham series)
URHertfordshireHertfordshireLutonLutonLuton
USGovan (before 1912)
Glasgow
GlasgowGlasgowGlasgowGlasgow
UTLeicestershireLeicestershireLeicesterLeicesterNottingham (Leicester series)
UUGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
UVGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
UWGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
UXShropshireShropshireShrewsburyShrewsburyShrewsbury
UYWorcestershireWorcestershireWorcesterWorcesterWorcester
UZBelfast County BoroughBelfastBelfastBelfast—
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VLanarkshire————
VALanarkshireLanarkshireCambridgePeterborough (Cambridge series)Peterborough (Cambridge series)
VBCroydonGreater LondonCanterbury——
VCCoventryCoventryCoventryCoventryBirmingham/Northampton ? (Coventry series)
VDLanarkshireLanarkshireLuton (export series for Vauxhall) until 1977——
VECambridgeshireCambridgeshire/Isle of ElyCambridgePeterborough (Cambridge series)Peterborough (Cambridge series)
VFNorfolkNorfolkNorwichNorwichNorwich
VGNorwichNorwichNorwichNorwichNorwich
VHHuddersfieldHuddersfieldHuddersfieldHuddersfieldLeeds/Manchester ? (Huddersfield series)
VI—————
VJHerefordshireHerefordshireHerefordGloucester (Hereford series)Worcester/Bristol ? (Gloucester series)
VKNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-Tyne
VLLincolnLincolnLincolnLincolnLincoln
VMManchesterManchesterManchesterManchesterManchester
VNYorkshire North RidingYorkshire North RidingMiddlesbroughMiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough
VONottinghamshireNottinghamshireNottinghamNottinghamNottingham
VPBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirminghamBirmingham
VRManchesterManchesterManchesterManchesterManchester
VSGreenockGreenockLutonLutonLuton
VTStoke-on-TrentStoke-on-TrentStoke-on-TrentStoke-on-TrentNottingham
VUManchesterManchesterManchesterManchesterManchester
VVNorthamptonshireNorthamptonshireNorthamptonNorthamptonNorthampton
VWEssexEssexChelmsfordChelmsfordChelmsford
VXEssexEssexChelmsfordChelmsfordChelmsford
VYYorkYorkYorkLeeds (York series)Leeds (York series)
VZTyroneOmaghOmaghOmagh—
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WASheffieldSheffieldSheffieldSheffieldSheffield
WBSheffieldSheffieldSheffieldSheffieldSheffield
WC—EssexChelmsfordChelmsfordChelmsford
WDWarwickshireWarwickshireDudleyDudley—
WESheffieldSheffieldSheffieldSheffieldSheffield
WFYorkshire East RidingYorkshire East RidingSheffieldSheffieldSheffield
WGStirlingshireStirlingshireSheffieldSheffieldSheffield
WHBoltonBoltonBoltonManchester (Bolton series)Manchester (Bolton series)
WIWaterford County BoroughWaterford County BoroughWaterford County BoroughWaterford County Borough—
WJSheffieldSheffieldSheffieldSheffieldSheffield
WKCoventryCoventryCoventryCoventryBirmingham/Northampton ? (Coventry series)
WLOxfordOxfordOxfordOxfordOxford
WMSouthport (since 1905)SouthportLiverpoolLiverpool—
WNSwanseaSwanseaSwanseaSwanseaSwansea
WOMonmouthshireMonmouthshireCardiffCardiffCardiff
WPWorcestershireWorcestershireWorcesterWorcesterWorcester
WRYorkshire West RidingYorkshire West RidingLeedsLeedsLeeds
WSLeith (before 1920)
Edinburgh
EdinburghBristolBristolBristol
WTYorkshire West RidingYorkshire West RidingLeedsLeedsLeeds
WUYorkshire West RidingYorkshire West RidingLeedsLeedsLeeds
WVWiltshireWiltshireBrightonBrightonBrighton
WWYorkshire West RidingYorkshire West RidingLeedsLeedsLeeds
WXYorkshire West RidingYorkshire West RidingLeedsLeedsLeeds
WYYorkshire West RidingYorkshire West RidingLeedsLeedsLeeds
WZBelfast County BoroughBelfastBelfastBelfast—
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XNorthumberland————
XALondon County (before 1963)Kirkcaldy (since 1963)———
XBLondon County (before 1963)Coatbridge (since 1964)———
XCLondon County (before 1963)Solihull (since 1964)———
XDLondon County (before 1963)Luton (since 1964)———
XELondon County (before 1963)Luton (since 1964)———
XFLondon County (before 1963)Torbay (since 1968)———
XGMiddlesbrough (before 1968)Teesside (since 1968)———
XHLondon County (before 1963)————
XIBelfast County BoroughBelfastBelfastBelfast—
XJManchesterManchester———
XKLondon County (before 1963)————
XLLondon County (before 1963)————
XMLondon County (before 1963)————
XNLondon County (before 1963)————
XOLondon County (before 1963)————
XPLondon County (before 1963)———*
XRLondon County (before 1963)————
XSPaisleyPaisley——*
XTLondon County (before 1963)————
XULondon County (before 1963)————
XVLondon County (before 1963)————
XWLondon County (before 1963)————
XXLondon County (before 1963)————
XYLondon County (before 1963)————
XZArmaghArmaghArmaghArmagh—
Letter1904-19641965-19741974-19801981-19961997-2001
YSomersetshire————
YASomersetshireSomersetshireTauntonTauntonExeter (Taunton series)
YBSomersetshireSomersetshireTauntonTauntonExeter (Taunton series)
YCSomersetshireSomersetshireTauntonTauntonExeter (Taunton series)
YDSomersetshireSomersetshireTauntonTauntonExeter (Taunton series)
YEGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
YFGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
YGYorkshire West RidingYorkshire West RidingLeedsLeedsLeeds
YHGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
YIDublinDublinDublinDublin—
YJDundeeDundeeBrightonBrightonBrighton
YKGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
YLGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
YMGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
YNGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
YOGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
YPGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
YRGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
YSPartick (before 1912)
Glasgow
GlasgowGlasgowGlasgowGlasgow
YTGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
YUGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
YVGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon Central—
YWGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon CentralWimbledon (dealer series)
YXGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon CentralWimbledon (dealer series)
YYGreater LondonGreater LondonLondon CentralLondon CentralWimbledon (dealer series)
YZLondonderryColeraineColeraineColeraine—
Letter1904-19641965-19741974-19801981-19961997-2001
ZDublin————
ZADublinDublinDublinDublin—
ZBCork County BoroughCork County BoroughCork County BoroughCork County Borough—
ZCDublinDublinDublinDublin—
ZDDublinDublinDublinDublin—
ZEDublinDublinDublinDublin—
ZFCork County BoroughCork County BoroughCork County BoroughCork County Borough—
ZG———Dublin—
ZHDublinDublinDublinDublin—
ZIDublinDublinDublinDublin—
ZJDublinDublinDublinDublin—
ZKCorkCorkCorkCork—
ZLDublinDublinDublinDublin—
ZMGalwayGalwayGalwayGalway—
ZNMeathMeathMeathMeath—
ZODublinDublinDublinDublin—
ZPDonegalDonegalDonegalDonegal—
ZRWexfordWexfordWexfordWexford—
ZS———Dublin—
ZTCorkCorkCorkCork—
ZUDublinDublinDublinDublin—
ZV———Dublin—
ZWKildareKildareKildareKildare—
ZXKerryKerryKerryKerry—
ZY———Louth—
ZZ****—

* QA-QH/QJ-QP/QR-QY: London temporary import series
* ZZ: Dublin temporary import series
* XP: London temporary export series (1990s)
* XS: RXS for embassy staff vehicles which did not qualify for D or X diplomatic plates.
† SV, SY: Marks are used for registering vintage vehicles.

Dates of year letters

Letter   -A   -B   -C   -D   -E   -F   -G   -H   -J   -K   -L   -M   -N   -P
Started 1.63 1.64 1.65 1.66 1.67 8.67 8.68 8.69 8.70 8.71 8.72 8.73 8.74 8.75

Letter   -R   -S   -T   -V   -W   -X   -Y   A-   B-   C-   D-   E-   F-   G-
Started 8.76 8.77 8.78 8.79 8.80 8.81 8.82 8.83 8.84 8.85 8.86 8.87 8.88 8.89

Letter   H-   J-   K-   L-   M-   N-   P-   R-   S-   T-   V-   W-   X-   Y-
Started 8.90 8.91 8.92 8.93 8.94 8.95 8.96 8.97 8.98 3.99 9.99 3.00 9.00 3.01

New system marks

(Copied from DVLA site)

Local
Memory
Tag

DVLA office

Local Identifier

A(nglia) Peterborough A B C D E F G H J K L M N
Norwich O P R S T U
Ipswich V W X Y
B(irmingham) Birmingham A - Y
C(ymru) Cardiff A B C D E F G H J K L M N O
Swansea P R S T U V
Bangor W X Y
D(eeside) Chester A B C D E F G H J K
Shrewsbury L M N O P R S T U V W X Y
E(ssex) Chelmsford A - Y
F(orest & Fens) Nottingham A B C D E F G H J K L M N P
Lincoln R S T V W X Y
G(arden of England = Kent) Maidstone A B C D E F G H J K L M N O
Brighton P R S T U V W X Y
H(ampshire) Bournemouth A B C D E F G H J
Portsmouth K L M N O P R S T U V X Y
Portsmouth
(Isle of Wight series)

W
K Luton A B C D E F G H J K L
Northampton M N O P R S T U V W X Y
L(ondon) Wimbledon A B C D E F G H J
Stanmore (Borehamwood since 2006) K L M N O P R S T
Sidcup U V W X Y
M(anchester) Manchester A - Y
N(orth) Newcastle A B C D E G H J K L M N O
Stockton P R S T U V W X Y
O(xford) Oxford A - Y
P(reston) Preston A B C D E F G H J K L M N O P R S T
Carlisle U V W X Y
R(eading) Reading A - Y
S(cotland) Glasgow A B C D E F G H J
Edinburgh K L M N O
Dundee P R S T
Aberdeen U V W
Inverness X Y
V(alley, i.e. of the Severn) Worcester A - Y
W(est) Exeter A B C D E F G H J
Truro K L
Bristol M N O P R S T U V W X Y
Y(orkshire) Leeds A B C D E F G H J K
Sheffield L M N O P R S T U
Beverley V W X Y

In the event of one office receiving an exceptionally high demand that depletes its stock of registration marks, marks may be transferred between DVLA local offices, or other "blank" series brought into play.

Links

DVLA — offical site.
DVLA Sale Of Marks scheme.

Private number plates – a free online club for personalised number plate enthusiasts and general motoring memorabilia.

Dik Winter's registrations pages.

PL8S (ha ha) — a number plate collector's site based in the USA.

The Road Transport Fleet Data Society

U.K. and R.O.I. Vehicle Registration Marks (Similar to this page but without the commentary)

European Vehicle Registration Plates article on Wikipedia which has links further down the page to the systems for individual countries in Europe.

Ciltern Vehicle Preservation Group: registration list 1903-2003, explanation of registration system and details of which series were actually issued in the first 3 years of the new system.

Car Registrations Another in-depth look at the British registration system

Registration plate suppliers/manufacturers
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British Car Registrations - DVLA recognised reseller
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Select Number Plates - Private, cherished and personalised number plates.
Private Number Plates - DVLA recognised reseller & Cherished number plate dealer
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