4D number plates are a modern way to customise your number plate to match the aesthetic of your vehicle or show off your character through personalising your car. The UK has strict number plate regulations to ensure that vehicles are easily identified if they’re involved in an incident or have been stolen and need to be located by the police, so there aren’t many ways of making your number plate your own.
However, with flashy 4D number plates, you can elevate your ride while adhering to the rules, and even making your number plate more visible than 2D plates, so they really catch the attention of passersby. So, how much do they cost?
What Are 4D Printed Plates?
4D number plates can come in a few different styles, but they mainly stand out from 2D plates because they literally stand out from the number plate. Made from solid acrylic, they’re sturdy and long-lasting, and adhere to the DVLA’s road-legal number plate regulations, so you don’t need to worry about getting stopped by a traffic warden or the police.
Beyond merely adhering to regulatory requirements, 4D plates serve as a means of making a distinctive and personalised statement with your vehicle. The integration of high-quality materials and innovative design transforms the licence plate from a mere legal necessity to an opportunity for self-expression. 4D number plates represent an evolution in licence plate design, departing from conventional 3D plates to offer a heightened level of customisation and aesthetic refinement.
Are 4D Printed Plates Legal?
4D-printed number plates are perfectly legal and allowed on all UK roads as there is no regulation regarding the material of your number plate characters, as long as the colour of the characters is solid black, the background is the appropriate material and colour, and the characters are printed in the necessary font.
Cars registered before 1973 don’t have to follow the same regulations as number plates for newer cars and can keep their original silver lettering on black backgrounds. However, for modern cars, each number plate must follow the DVLA’s regulations for visibility to be allowed on the roads. So if you’re looking for a 4D number plate to customise your vehicle, get one from an approved number plate supplier in the UK to ensure it meets all of the necessary regulations and avoid a hefty fine.
What Are the UK’s Number Plate Regulations?
Number plates were first made mandatory for road vehicles in 1903 and have undergone several changes over the century since. However, number plates must adhere to certain regulations in order to be easily identified by other drivers, pedestrians and the police in case of their involvement in any incidents.
Unless they have been personalised, all number plates in the UK will be made up of three character groups:
- The first group includes two letters representing the area the vehicle was registered in
- The second group will comprise two numbers representing the year the vehicle was registered in
- The third group will comprise three random letters to identify the vehicle
Not every registering area is easy to spot as “MA” represents a Manchester area number plate, while “HK” would be from Portsmouth. However, the year is easier to identify as vehicles registered between 1 September 2023 and 1 March 2024 will have a “73” number plate, while those registered between 1 March and 1 September 2024 will have “24”.
Motorbikes are only required to have a back number plate, but all other vehicles including cars, buses, lorries, campervans and vehicles with trailers must have a number plate on the front and rear of the vehicle.
These number plates must:
- Have a white reflective background on the front number plate
- Have a yellow reflective background on the back number plate
- Have solid (one shade) black characters
- Use the Charles Wright 2001 font
- Have 79 mm high and 50 mm-wide characters, except for the letter “i” and number “1”
- Have characters made up of 14 mm-wide strokes
- Have 11 mm spaces between each character in a group
- Have 33 mm spaces between each group of characters
If a number plate meets these specifications and is registered with the DVLA, it’s legal for use on public UK roads.
How Can You Customise a Number Plate?
Since the regulations are so strict, you may wonder how you can put a personal touch on your number plate and still adhere to the DVLA’s number plate regulations. Well, fortunately, when you use an approved number plate manufacturer like the Number Plate Clinic, they will ensure that whatever customisation you do with your number plate, it will remain road legal.
The most common way to personalise vehicles is by applying through the DVLA for a personalised number plate. You can have a mix of numbers and letters to spell your name or reference your job or interests, as long as it’s not deemed offensive or inappropriate, or the number plate has already been registered. If the number plate has already been registered, you can apply for the plate when it goes up for auction.
All vehicles must also indicate their country of origin when being used abroad, so another popular way of customising your number plate is by choosing the flag attached to the UK lettering at the beginning of your plate. The UK flag is the most common choice, however, you can choose a Welsh dragon, a Scottish Saltire or St George’s cross if you prefer.
Otherwise, the most modern and impressive way of making a standard number plate more unique is by getting it printed in 4D characters.
What Are Show Plates?
Legal plates and show plates are more or less antonyms; legal plates are those registered with the DVLA and legal for use on public roads. Show plates, on the other hand, are any plates that are not legal for use on public roads. They can be parked in driveways or garages, driven on private land or kept for display in car showrooms or at car shows, but they cannot legally be driven or parked on UK roads.
How Much Do 4D Plates Cost?
Personalised number plates can cost a lot, with most starting from £250 and sometimes costing up to tens of thousands at auction if they’re a popular choice. So if you want to save some money but still make a statement with your car number plate, 4D-printed number plates are a great option.
Most 4D number plates cost from £50 to £100 depending on what style you buy. At the Number Plate Clinic, we have four styles that get your car the attention it deserves:
- 4D Matt Acrylic
- Krystal 4D Gel
- Double 4D Gel with a Border
- Hollow Oreo 4D
Each of our plates is made with durable and long-lasting material and designed to be road-legal while still making a statement. Get your new number plate from the Number Plate Clinic!
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For those intrigued by the world of licence plate customisation, our workshop not only provides 4D number plates for a heightened aesthetic appeal but also offers 2D alternatives to suit varying preferences. Whether you seek the sleek sophistication of 4D plates or prefer the classic elegance of 2D designs, our comprehensive range caters to all tastes.