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Legal fonts

Legal fonts

Any number plates fitted from September 2001 must use the below fonts.

 

Car and large vehicle number plate font

Image thanks to DVLA.

 

All number plates (except motorcycle and tricycles) must abide by the following font rules: 

  • characters must be 79mm tall
  • characters (except the number 1 or letter I) must be 50mm wide
  • the character stroke (the thickness of the black print) must be 14mm
  • the space between characters must be 11mm
  • the space between the age identifier and the random letters must be 33mm
  • the margins at the top, bottom and side of the plate must be 11mm
  • vertical space between the age identifier and the
  • random letters must be 19mm.

 

Motorcycles and tricycles:

There are separate rules for motorcycles and tricycles.

  • characters must be 64mm tall
  • characters (except the number 1 or letter I) must be 44mm wide
  • the character stroke (the thickness of the black print) must be 10mm
  • the space between characters must be 10mm
  • the space between the age identifier and the random letters must be 30mm
  • the margins at the top, bottom and side of the plate must be at least 11mm
  • vertical space between the age identifier and the random numbers must be 13mm.

 

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