British number plates are arranged in the format of two letters, followed by two numbers, followed by three letters (eg – XX 00 XXX).
The first two letters are an area code, which refer to the DVLA office where the car was originally registered.
The format and additional information relating to the style of number plates can be viewed in the document below entitled 'number plate information'.
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Most governments require a registration plate to be attached to both the front and rear of a vehicle, although certain jurisdictions or vehicle types, such as motorboats, require only one plate, which is usually attached to the rear of the vehicle.
The registration identifier is a numeric or alphanumeric ID that uniquely identifies the vehicle owner within the issuing region's vehicle register.
The vehicle has been de-registered in the past and then registered again.
The vehicle may have been in an accident and written off by an insurance company, or the vehicle's registration may have expired because the licence was not kept current.
In the vast majority of jurisdictions, the government holds a monopoly on the manufacturing of vehicle registration plates for that jurisdiction.
Either a government agency or a private company with express contractual authorization from the government makes plates as needed, which are then mailed to, delivered to, or picked up by the vehicle owners.