Frequently Asked Questions | Classic Plates Online

Do we make plates for concourse cars?

We do not produce plates for concourse cars. If you would like to buy plates for such a vehicle please call us to discuss options.

Does one 'pair' mean two plates and what do we mean by a pair?

A pair is two plates of the same registration. So if you order 2 pairs you will receive 4 plates. A 'Mixed Pair' or 'Non-Matched Pair' is two plates with the same registration but different shapes (i.e. one square and one oblong). If you want two plates with different registrations then that is not a pair, it is two singles (which are more expensive because it takes longer to make them).

How do I order one standard size plate with one non-standard size plate?

You select 'non-standard pair' (any pair that includes a non-standard plate is a non-standard pair). This is cheaper than buying a standard single and a non-standard single.

How long do plates normally take?

Please allow 5-7 working days for standard delivery (via Royal Mail) to UK Mainland addresses. View all delivery options.

What plates are suitable for my car?

The cut-off for black and silver/white plates is a rolling 40 years old i.e. they are only legal on vehicles with historic vehicle tax class (so in 2018 S-reg becomes legal). After that all plates must be reflective.
No particular plate style is 'correct' for a specific vehicle model because the choice of plate style was down to the individual dealership who sold that car (however you can narrow down the styles by matching the correct era). Beyond that your personal preference ought to guide your choice of style, though you can also get ideas from online image search or classic car magazines.

Do you pre-drill plates?

We do not pre-drill our plates, because of the difference in fixing point locations.

What are the standard sizes of the plates?

The narrow oblong plates measure 20 1/2" x 4 1/4" in old money. In new money thats 520mm x 110mm. The "square" number plate measures 12 " x 8 1/2" that's 306mm x 215mm.

Do you make custom size plates?

Yes we do but not for all the styles. Where offered please specify the sizes you require in the 'additional info' field during checkout. Please note that some sizes dictate the size of the digits. Also due to the extra manufacturing they are more expensive.

What about my registration documents?

We will contact you after you have placed the order to give you instructions on delivery of your documents.

Can I collect my plates?

Yes from our address in Tonbridge, please call before to check they are ready.

How are your plates made?

Our pressed aluminium plates are made by hand, in-house on an original 1950's press. Number plates of that era were made to comply with vehicle licensing regulations of that time. You can be assured that this provides you with the most authentic plate you can have for your vehicle. If you want a hand-painted pressed aluminium plate of a heavier guage than the more common duo-plates, they are what we supply for non-standard sizes - therefore select 'non-standard' and put in the additional information box 'standard size please - I just want the heavier hand-painted type'.

Do you supply individual plastic digits?

Unfortunately we do not. Digits are only supplied on complete number plate. The plastic digits are attached to the plates with star washers.

Best technique to apply Self Adhesive Plates

Apply water to vehicle bonnet. Remove backing from plate and place plate on bonnet. Position plate squarely. Squeegy away excess water and any air bubbles and allow to dry.

What is a mixed pair versus a normal pair?

One square plate and one oblong plate with the same registration (as opposed to two plates exactly the same e.g. two oblongs or two squares).

Can we produce special characters like hyphens/dashes or dots?

No, since these have never been used in UK registrations we can only produce alphanumerics (A to Z and 0 to 9).

Can we offer Zero-VAT for customers abroad?

If you are off-shore and wish to pay VAT-free please call us to order - our website does not allow VAT removal and we cannot refund VAT retrospectively.