A new format was devised, this time made up of: The new plates retained 2-letter area codes – any remaining single letter codes were replaced.
However, the area codes were now the 2nd and 3rd letters in the sequence of 3.
In order to retain an original (or obtain an age-related) registration number, you first need to apply for a Dating Certificate from the appropriate vehicle enthusiasts club - these are listed in the DVLA leaflet V765/1.
When plate 9999 was reached by a licensing authority it was allocated another unused registration letter sequence.As these plates were issued and managed locally by County Council offices, number and letter sequences ran out at different rates in different parts of the country.Therefore, due to differing local demand, there are a wide variety of types of dateless plates with a lot of overlap between the issue periods for different formats.Once you have got all your evidence you need to send it to the Club's Machine Registrar along with your payment. If you are a non-member requesting a Date Certificate then it will cost you £5.00 plus one years' membership but you don't have to join the Club - though if you want to make more than one request in a year then it's definitely worth it. The TOMCC Machine Registrar is the person responsible for issuing Dating Certificates.The current Machine Registrar is: Richard Wheadon (Kirkby House, Smannell, ANDOVER, SP11 6JW, UK).