Northern Irish plates are different to those in the rest of the British Isles. And they have one incredibly useful advantage – they are considered dateless. There is no letter in any series to indicate years.
The format of Irish plates is typically 2 or 3 letters followed by up to 4 digits and unlike the English, Welsh and Scottish plates, the letters I and Z can be used.
If at one time, the Northern Ireland number plates were considered ‘the poor relation’, they can not be considered like that any more. With dateless plates increasing in demand and the ease of which you can create name plates, some bazinga Northern Irish plates have become investment plates.
At the same time, however, they do allow a lot of people join the personalised plate ladder. Lots of younger drivers want to personalise their plate as much as they personalise their car and having a Northern Irish plate allows them to do that. With prices starting from as low as £50, they are a very real option to get a cheap personalised plate.
Northern Ireland is divided up into eight separate licensing areas. They are:
Belfast which issued the ‘_AZ’ and ‘IFZ’ registrations (e.g., BAZ, DAZ)
Enniskillen which issued ‘_IL’, ‘IIG’ currently issuing ‘KIG’ (e.g., GIL, BIL)
Downpatrick which issued ‘_BZ’ and currently issuing ‘SJZ’ (e.g., ABZ)
Ballymena which issued ‘_KZ’ and currently issuing ‘DRZ’ (e.g., UKZ)
Coleraine which issued ‘_NZ’ and currently issuing ‘RNZ’ (e.g., LNZ)
Londonderry which issued ‘_UI’ and currently issuing ‘TUI’ (e.g., OUI)
Omagh which issued ‘_JI’, ‘_HZ’ and currently issuing OHZ (e.g., PJI, CHZ)
Armagh which issued ‘_IB’ and currently issuing ‘CXZ (e.g., GIB, RIB)
Clever use of names
The most sought after plates are those dateless plates that spell out names or nicknames. Because Northern Irish plates use ‘I’ and ‘Z’, there is room or scope to spell out names.
Here are a few to get you thinking:
PJI (Patrick James or Peter Joseph)
And while the Northern Irish plates have formats and words that suit names, they also work well with interests.
Here’s a few more to get you thinking:
Show your love of France or your French nationality – OUI
If you have a Mercedes, feel free to use – MBZ
If you have a Volkswagen, car, you can use – VIW
Show your passion for the Welsh when you use – WLZ
Display your nationality with pride with – UKZ
So in summary, you can use a personalised Northern Irish number plate to:
Hide the age of your vehicle
Get a cheaper personalised number plate
Display your name
Show your nationality.
When thinking about a personalised number plate, Northern Irish number plates should be top of your list.
Jayne Henry of Speedy Registrations Ltd – http://speedyreg.co.uk. Speedy Registrations have been supplying number plates to the public since 1984. Based in Northern Ireland we also specialise in private number plates. They aim to provide a choice of personalised number plates to meet all requirements; and pride ourselves in our highly competitive prices, matched equally by our professional customer care service. Every transfer is conducted in strict accordance with DVLA regulations covering number plates.
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