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Legal Flags

Number plates can show no flag, a national flag with EU stars or a national identifier flag.

Flags must be printed to the far left of the plate and must not obscure any of the registration number.

European Union stars flag

One legal flag option is the European Union stars above the letters 'GB'.

Currently (at November 2018) this is a legal option for vehicles travelling within Europe.

We don't currently have clarification on if, how and when this will become illegal following Brexit but will update our website as we know more.


National identifier flags

Another legal option is display any of the following national flags:

  • the Union Flag
  • the Cross of St George
  • the Scottish Saltire
  • the Red Dragon of Wales

The flags must be accompanied by one the matching letters:

  • Great Britain or GB
  • United Kingdom or UK
  • ENGLAND, England, ENG or Eng
  • SCOTLAND, Scotland, SCO or Sco
  • CYMRU, Cymru, CYM or Cym
  • WALES or Wales

If using one of the national identifier flags in Europe, motorists must also display a GB oval sticker on their vehicle.