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HMRC internal manual

VAT New Means of Transport

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The format of the tax-free registration mark

Vehicles supplied in the UK under the new means of transport regime will be registered on export plates with the DVLA if they are to be used on the UK’s roads prior to removal. A special series of index numbers are used in the format below. Note; references to the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) includes the DVA (Driver and Vehicle Agency) in Northern Ireland. Example: XA51 ABC

### Letters ### Series ### Element in the series
     
X   Indicates export
A Month in which mark is issued A = March or September

B = April or October

C = May or November

D = June or December

E = July or January

F = August or February      
  51 Age identifier March 2002 - August 2002 = 02

Sept 2002 - Feb 2002 = 52

Sept 2003 - Feb 2004 = 53

March 2003 - August 2003 = 03

March 2004 - August 2004 = 04

Sept 2004 - Feb 2005 = 54

Through to:

March 2049 - August 2049 = 49

Sept 2049 - Feb 2050 = 99      
  ABC Alpha characters random

For security reasons, UK forces personnel are issued with standard index numbers.