Prefix Extended Ranges Personal Number Plates

If you are in the market for a personalised “P” prefix plate, but haven’t yet found the right one for you, then you could soon be in with a chance.

On 29th March, the DVLA intends to release extended numerical ranges for the “P” prefix series for viewing on its website. On 12th April, from 8.30 a.m., these extended “P” prefix ranges will be on sale, bringing them in line with those offered for “R” to “Y” prefixes, so the numerical ranges to be released should be 21, 23 to 29, 31, 121, 123, and 321.

What does this mean for you?

If you are the owner of a car registered on or after 1st August 1996, or you intend to buy a vehicle that was registered on or after that date, then you will have another chance to purchase a personalised plate. This is an opportunity that could have passed you by when the original ranges were released.

For example, if your name is Sue and your birthday falls on 1st June, but you missed out on securing “P16 SUE”, perhaps you could treat yourself to “P31 SUE” for your 31st birthday. The same principle applies to many other three-letter names, such as Rob, Sam, and Tom.

Of course, when the extended ranges are released, competition for such three-letter combinations will be high, and prices will reflect this. To have a better chance of securing a personalised “P” prefix plate, and save some money, why not choose your initials rather than your name? For example, if your name is Susan Mary Brown, and all the “SUE” plates available are beyond your price range, a combination such as “P27 SMB” could mean that you pay a few hundred pounds rather than several thousand.

Choosing initials rather than names also helps to overcome the problem of letter combinations that are not allowed. A “P” prefix – or any prefix, for that matter – registration ending in “LIZ” or “RIZ”, for example, would be impossible, because the letter “I” is not permitted, and “Z” was not used until the new-style registrations began in September 2001 with “51” plates. If your name is Zoe, then unfortunately, you cannot have your name or your initials on a “P” prefix plate, but you could purchase a new-style “ZOE” plate (provided your vehicle was registered on or after 1st September 2001).

Choosing a “P” prefix registration gives you the chance to be creative, too. For example, if you play the violin, you might be thinking about purchasing “P121 CTO” because of its closeness to “pizzicato”, the musical term for plucking strings. Plates can also reflect a person’s occupation. The “121” range, for example, may suit people who work in psychotherapy or counselling. Alternatively, do any of the numbers being released match significant dates in your life? For example, if your wedding anniversary falls on 2nd August, a registration beginning with “P28” might suit you.

Please be aware that not every permitted combination of DVLA-approved letters and numbers will be available on a “P” prefix, because many numbers were originally issued for normal car registrations between August 1996 and July 1997. Also, in the case of the “P” prefix, there is one numerical range – 155 – that is banned, for obvious reasons, although a number plate with this combination did once feature as a comedic device in an episode of “One Foot in the Grave”!

Finally, please remember that you cannot make your vehicle appear younger than it is. If you own a Jaguar E-Type, for instance, you will not be able to put a “P” prefix plate on it, because the E-Type was produced between 1961 and 1975. The most recent permitted registration for one of the last E-Types would be one with an “N” suffix.

Let secure you the perfect plate

Whenever new issues are made, sought-after combinations are quickly snapped up. However, with our help at, you have a fantastic opportunity to get the “P” prefix registration number you desire when the extended ranges are released.

We strive to make the process of purchasing a registration number as simple and straightforward as possible. The user-friendly search function on our website enables you to see all available combinations, as well as pricing information. Simply choose “Prefix Style Search”, fill in the fields, and click on “Search Now” to see what takes your fancy. You can enter a single letter, such as “P”, followed by up to three numbers, and then three more letters.

When you see the plate of your choice in the list of registrations, click on the “Details” button next to it to see the purchase price and transfer fee. If you wish to proceed, then you have the option to reserve the number or make enquiries about it. When you click on the appropriate button, a form will appear, into which you can enter your name and contact details, so that can get in touch with you.

Remember that, when you buy a registration number, you are buying the right to assign the purchased number to a vehicle that is registered in your name, not the actual plates. However, as well as being a recognised DVLA reseller, we are a DVLA registered number plate supplier, so we can also provide you with fully road legal number plates for your vehicle, if you wish.

You don’t necessarily have to own a vehicle to buy a number. The V750 Certificate of Entitlement that you receive when you make a purchase is valid for 12 months, and you can extend your assignment rights annually, for a fee.

Finally, if you cannot find the perfect “P” prefix registration number at the right price, don’t despair. The DVLA plans to release “N” to “A” prefix extended ranges in future years, so there is sure to be something to suit you.

Any questions? We have been buying and selling private registration numbers since 1991, so we have plenty of experience in our field, and would be happy to provide you with any information you require. Start your search for your “P” prefix plate on now.