The Necessary Components To Make a Number Plate

Number plates were introduced as a legal requirement in the UK in 1903. Number plates contain a series of specific characters and components designed to help authorities identify a vehicle if it is involved in an accident or criminal activity. Number plates can provide users with lots of information about a vehicle, such as where it was registered and how old it is.

By entering your registration number into the DVLA search engine online, you can access all kinds of additional vehicle details, such as engine size and MOT and tax history, along with any relevant renewal dates.

There are several reasons you may choose to purchase or replace your number plate, whether it be for legal reasons, to improve the aesthetic appeal of your vehicle or to further personalise your car. In any case, you want to be sure you are getting a number plate that has all the correct components and equipment so that you don’t get into trouble or have to pay for a replacement later on.

To help you avoid this, this blog outlines all of the necessary components to make a number plate.

The Necessary Components

Acrylic Number Plates

Acrylic is the material used for the plate component of the number plate. Acrylic is chosen specifically for its resistance to impact, bending, discolouration and thermal change, in addition to new abrasion and near-infrared tests.

All of the acrylic number plates stocked by Uniplate conform to BSAU 145e standards. Acrylic number plates come in a range of shapes, with the most common options including:

  • Standard
  • Lipped
  • Motorcycle
  • Square
  • Japanese import
Clear Acrylic Number Plates
Uniplates range of Reflective Number Plate Equipment

Reflective Sheeting

Reflective sheeting is a vital component of your number plate, as not only does it enhance the visibility of the number plate itself, it also makes it easy for ANPR systems such as traffic cameras and car park entry/exit technology to read the plate.

We can provide customers with both yellow and white (dry and wet) Oralite® reflective sheeting, allowing them to create premium number plates that conform to BSAU 145e standards.

We offer reflective sheeting that suits all sizes of our expansive PMMA acrylic plate range, with Oralite® being the ideal reflective solution for both thermal and laser printing systems.

Fixings & Frames

Often an afterthought, the fixings and frames of your number plates can have a huge impact on the aesthetics of your plate.

Uniplate offers an extensive range of number plate fixings and frames, which can be sold plain or personalised to include your company logo. We also offer a screen-printing service for frames and badging strips, which can be printed to include information such as logos, business names, websites or telephone numbers.

Your car travels all over the country, so why not your brand?

The fixings that we offer are available in bulk or sold separately depending on your needs. The fixing kits that we offer include:

  • Sticky pads
  • Self-tapping screws with caps
  • Nuts and bolts
Uniplates Number Plate Fixing Kit | Fixing & Frames | Yellow, Silver Fixings & Yellow, Black, Green & White Frames
Uniplates range of Pressed Aluminium Number Plates

Aluminium Pressing Blanks

Typically fashionable for classic and vintage car owners, aluminium number plates have a variety of benefits. The biggest benefit of aluminium number plates is their functional properties, as not only are they lightweight, but also highly durable and impact resistant. Aluminium number plates are also recyclable and extremely versatile in the ways you can manufacture them.

Uniplate offers aluminium blanks in both oblong and square options to fit on any classic car model.


If you are looking to purchase a new number plate from the UK’s leading specialist or have any further questions regarding our number plate components, then please do not hesitate to get in touch! Our team would love to hear from you.