What To Focus on When Buying Number Plate Equipment

A number plate is one of the most important components of a car or motorbike that allows it to be road legal. In 2021, there was a 5% rise in the number of new vehicle registrations in the UK and a major shift in fuel types, with a record high of electric vehicles on the road. This increase in vehicles on the road has led to car dealerships, accident repair garages and even private fleet companies having to adapt their production and output.

If you are looking at supplying number plates or you want to have your own custom plates for your business, there is a lot of information that can be confusing. That’s why we’ve outlined the points to focus on when buying the equipment in this informative blog post.

What To Focus on When Buying Number Plate Equipment

1. Become a Registered Number Plate Supplier

Motor traders can face being fined if they proceed to make and sell plates without registering with the DVLA. They could be banned from making them altogether if they attempt to make non-British Standard plates or fail to keep correct records. As a result, it is vital that, prior to setting up your number plate supplier business, you register with the DVLA and get your supplier identification number (SID). This process typically requires a one-off fee of £40 and takes about two weeks to complete.

However, some companies may be exempt from registering with the DVLA if they only make plates for fleet vehicles or brand-new vehicles. You must check with the correct governing body first.

2. Choose a Manufacturer To Supply Your Plates

Before purchasing the equipment and materials, you need to determine what plates you are looking to make. If you’re unsure of what you need, you need to make sure you have a manufacturer that can help and support you with the relevant advice.

Uniplate provides this and more. Our helpful team is there to help guide you through the entire process, with access to all types of materials, bare plates and other necessary components, making us the perfect one-stop shop for everything you need.

3. Keep the Right Records

As a supplier, you’re obliged to keep a record of the plates that you’re supplying, recording the ID of those collecting them and providing proof of their entitlement for registration. This will typically be a driving license and a V5C logbook.

4. Have the Right Equipment

Once you have the systems in place to begin manufacturing and supplying number plates, you will need to purchase the essential manufacturing equipment. At Uniplate, we supply all the necessary equipment required to make and print your own number plates. We’ve outlined some of the more essential equipment below:


Types of Equipment


Laminators are required to bond wet-faced PMMA acrylic to dry reflective sheeting. We offer both manual and motorised laminators, in order to find the option that best suits your business needs and your budget.

Our manual roller is designed to be sturdy, built to last and comes complete with a digit rack and measuring board to make your DIY process much simpler. Our exclusive motorised laminators allow for higher volume and speedier plate production.

Number Plate Printers

Number plate printers are yet another essential tool required in number plate manufacturing. Our printers enable you to create your own custom number plates in different shapes and sizes.

Our 4” thermal printer provides the best simple and user-friendly solution for manufacturing BSAU-compliant number plates. The 4” thermal printer is flexible in that it can provide both single panel feeds and roll feeds too, ideal for when producing higher volumes. At Uniplate, we also offer an 8” thermal printer to allow our users an even greater range of size and shape printing options.

Our laser printers are perfect for the less common plate production sizes, such as motorcycle garages and showroom dealers, but they also make a great extension to any 4” thermal printer, as they allow you to easily print both oblong and square number plates simultaneously.

Number Plate Printing Software

We have worked for a long time to develop a unique piece of software for our customers that allows you to create and print number plates from all compatible Uniplate printing systems, and computers operating on Windows, with ease. We have made sure to design our software to be straightforward, effective and able to improve the efficiency of your production process.

Pressing Jig

The pressing jig can be used in conjunction with both standard and square aluminium plates. With a pressing jig, you are able to take a more hands-on approach to production.



No matter what size, shape or material of number plate your business plans to offer, Uniplate has the equipment and the solution for you. We have been providing an innovative and professional service, both nationally and internationally, for almost 30 years. If you’d like to know more about how we can provide the necessary solutions to your component or equipment needs, or if you have any further questions regarding printing your own number plates, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.