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1. When to display L plates
Any vehicle driven by a learner must display red L plates. In Wales you can use either red D plates, red L plates, or both.
The L plates must be clearly visible to others from:
- in front of the vehicle
- behind the vehicle
You should remove or cover L plates when the vehicle isn’t being driven by a learner, unless it’s a driving school car.
2. Size of L plates
By law, the L plates must be:
- a red letter on a white background
- the size shown in the diagram
The corners of the background can be rounded off.
Find out more about the rules about driving before you’ve got your full licence.