Full information about transferring and retaining number plates can be found
on the gov.uk website:
There are some key dates in the history of number plates and personalised registrations in the UK.
Here is a brief timeline of key events which have helped the number plate market and industry evolve to what it has become today.
1896 - Locomotive and highways Act
1903 - The Motor Car act
1920 - The roads act
1930 - Road Traffic act
1963 - Suffix number plates released
1971 - CNDA is established
1973 - First Number plate rally held
1974 - DVLC is formed
1977 - RNC Registration Numbers Club is founded
1984 - Prefix number plates released
1991 - Non transferable number plates
1993 - K1NGS fetches £233,000 at DVLA auction
1999 - Two number plate changes in the year (March and September) instead of once a year.
2001 - "Current style number plates released"
2008 - F prefix number plates released