What is a show plate? It’s just what it sounds like — a car plate that’s just for show. These license plates are made to look like real number plates. They’re often the same size and made from the same material. These plates may use nonstandard spacing or fonts. They may have more graphic elements. Overall, they do not adhere to the guidelines at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and therefore cannot be used for driving on UK roads.
But if they don’t meet the DVLA’s guidelines, what do you do with car show plates? Many people use them for non-road cars, such as classic vehicles that stay inside a garage or showroom. Car enthusiasts also purchase them for modified cars that aren’t street legal. You can use custom car show plates in the UK anywhere, as long as you don’t take them out on the road as a substitute for number plates.
Show plates are purely for decoration. You can’t use them legally on the road instead of a number plate, which is registered with the UK government and used to identify a vehicle in the event of an accident or crime.
Since show plates serve no legal purpose, they aren’t subject to any regulations. You can make choices with regard to colour, design and background that you can’t with number plates. Many people relish this chance to exercise their creative muscle — they enjoy making things that look good without any sort of restrictions.
You can put show plates wherever you want, really. You’re limited only by your imagination. The most popular usages tend to be cars that won’t go out on the road. Using show plates makes them look more realistic. You can display show plates in other places too, such as:
The only place you can’t put your show plates is on a vehicle you plan to drive in the streets. You can probably come up with some uses we’ve never even dreamed of.
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Is the show car in your garage primed for a new plate? Do you want a show plate you can add to a collection on your basement wall? You can begin designing with our Show Plates Builder today. We offer a slew of choices for text styles, borders and slogans. Have questions? Get in touch with us and we’ll answer quickly.