Prefix number plates are the reversal of the suffix number plate system.
With each letter identifying the year of registration, the prefix number plate system also formed the beginnings of DVLA select and the role of DVLA retailing number plates to the public.
It was the prefix number plate system which saw the move from issuing new registrations once a year- to twice a year.
With the end of the S series in Feb 1999- the UK would no longer have one new registration letter each year- but two.
|A||Aug '83 to July '84||A123 ABC|
|B||Aug '84 to July '85||B123 ABC|
|C||Aug '85 to July '86||C123 ABC|
|D||Aug '86 to July '87||D123 ABC|
|E||Aug '87 to July '88||E123 ABC|
|F||Aug '88 to July '89||F123 ABC|
|G||Aug '89 to July '90||G123 ABC|
|H||Aug '90 to July '91||H123 ABC|
|J||Aug '91 to July '92||J123 ABC|
|K||Aug '92 to July '93||K123 ABC|
|L||Aug '93 to July '94||L123 ABC|
|M||Aug '94 to July '95||M123 ABC|
|N||Aug '95 to July '96||N123 ABC|
|P||Aug '96 to July '97||P123 ABC|
|R||Aug '97 to July '98||R123 ABC|
|S||Aug '98 to Feb '99||S123 ABC|
|T||March '99 to Aug '99||T123 ABC|
|V||Sept '99 to Feb 2000||V123 ABC|
|W||March 2000 to Aug 2000||W123 ABC|
|X||Sept 2000 to Feb 2001||X123 ABC|
|Y||March 2001 to Aug 2001||Y123 ABC|