We can see various kinds of fancy number plates attached to private cars. Tinted plates are among them. Many people get tempted by seeing the beauty of tinted number plates and think if they can put one such plate on their cars too.
As per the standards set by the DVLA, a registration number plate should not face any obstruction in the terms of visibility. People should be able to read the numbers and letter properly. In case of the standard number plate, the original registration is brought into print onto the reflective at the rear of the tinted acrylic.
The 3D and the 4D number plates show the letters and the numbers in the frontal side of the tinted acrylic. The number plate’s legibility is not restricted by owing a darkened acrylic.
Are the tinted number plates legal?
There is not much definite answer. The police department has multiple views on a specific subject. Many dealers sell tinted private number plates as show plates only and not for the use on the public road.
The current proof of identity and entitlement are needed for getting a personalized number plate built. The following documents are needed to deposit:
- Driving license
- Bank statement
- Building society statement
- National Identity Card that is issued by the state of territory government other than the UK
- Present telephone bill
- Present utility bill
- The current council tax bill
- Credit card
- Debit Card
- Armed Forces Identity Card
- Police Warrant Card
What are the proofs of entitlement?
- V750 (Certificate of Entitlement to a mark)
- V5C (Vehicle Registration Certificate)
- V11 (Vehicle License Renewal)
- V5C/2 from V5C section 10 (Tear-off slip)
- A document reference number from V5C
- V778 (Cherished Transfer Retention Certificate)
- An authorization letter from Fleet Operators including the hire or lease agency
- V948 (Authorisation Certificate from DVLA local office containing the official stamp of DVLA)
- V379 (Temporary Registration Certificate)
The tinted number plates are also known as smoked plates. They are considered as a premium aftermarket product for boosting the car’s look. The tinted number plates go well with the cars with tinted windows.
The good quality number plates are resistant to impact. They are acrylic faced. The plates are laminated with A graded reflective for making certain the longevity and execution in various weather conditions.
Again, if we talk about the tinted gel resin number plate, then it can be referred to as Raised Domed 3D plate. The polyurethane gel resin is of high quality. The pro dealers manufacture the material in the house. The material is applied to the tinted ABS acrylic and is not priced low.
The standard size of the number plate is 520mm x 111mm.
As per the DVLA, the British Standards have stated the number plate’s characteristics. It takes visibility, reflectivity, and strength into account. In order to meet the British Standard, the personalized number plate should be legibly and permanently marked with the succeeding information such as:
- Identifier of the manufacturer or the supplier like the name and trademark
- The British Standard Number that is the current BS AU 145d
- Name and postcode the outlet that is meant for supplying
This is because the number plate supplier can be held responsible if there is anything erroneous with the bought number plate. For example, the plate is not built meeting the legal standards. The space that is reserved for the name is not allowed to be more than 13mm in height. It is not clearly visible from a distance. Any form of advertisement is not permitted.
Taking the size and shape of the number plate into consideration, many models need to be given special cut and shape. For example, the curved plates of Ferrari.
DVLA have set up certain guidelines for the font’s size, color, and the material. The personalized number plates should be built of reflective acrylic. The plates should be white with black text on the front side and yellow with black text on the back side.
You are not allowed to put a number plate that contains the color of your choices like a red plate or a blue one. Not even, you are allowed to match your personalized plate with the color of your car like a golden colored number plate attached to a golden colored highly expensive car.