UK Registration Area Guide

The 2 letter area codes issued to vehicles first registered between 1903 and 1967 in the United Kingdom are listed below. Codes were issued by County Councils to 1 October 1974.

AA – Hampshire
AB – Worcestershire
AC – Warwickshire
AD – Gloucestershire
AE – Bristol
AF – Cornwall
AG – Ayrshire
AH – Norfolk
AJ – Yorkshire North Riding
AK – Bradford
AL – Nottinghamshire
AM – Wiltshire
AN – West Ham to 1965, Greater London
AO – Cumberland
AP – East Sussex
AR – Hertfordshire
AS – Nairnshire
AT – Beverley VRO – Hull
AU – Nottingham
AV – Aberdeenshire ( “LAV” is not issued)
AW – Shropshire
AX – Monmouthshire
AY – Leicestershire
BA – Salford
BB – Newcastle
BC – Leicester
BD – Northamptonshire
BE – Lindsey
BF – Staffs 1960 –
BG – Birkenhead
BH – Buckinghamshire
BJ – East Suffolk
BK – Portsmouth
BL – Berkshire
BM – Bedfordshire
BN – Bolton
BO – Cardiff
BP – West Sussex
BR – Sunderland
BS – Kirkwall
BT – East Yorkshire
BU – Oldham
BV – Blackburn
BW – Oxfordshire
BX – Carmarthenshire
BY – Croydon to 1965; Greater London
CA – Denbighshire
CB – Blackburn
CC – Caernarvonshire
CD – Brighton
CE – Cambridge
CF – West Suffolk
CG – Hampshire
CH – Derby
CJ – Herefordshire
CK – Preston
CL – Norwich
CM – Birkenhead
CN – Gateshead
CO – Plymouth
CP – Halifax
CR – Southampton
CS – Ayrshire
CT – Kesteven, Lincs.
CU – South Shields
CV – Cornwall
CW – Burnley
CX – Huddersfield
CY – Swansea
DA – Wolverhampton
DB – Stockport
DC – Middlesbrough
DD – Gloucester
DE – Pembrokeshire
DF DG – Gloucester
DH – Walsall
DJ – St. Helens
DK – Rochdale
DL – Newport IOW
DM – Flintshire
DN – York
DO – Holland Lincs.
DP – Reading
DR – Plymouth
DS – Peebles
DT – Doncaster
DU – Coventry
DV – Devon
DW – Newport
DX – Ipswich
DY – Hastings
EA – West Bromwich
EB – Isle Of Ely
EC – Westmorland
ED – Wigan
EE – Grimsby
EF – West Hartlepool
EG – Peterborough (Huntingdon to 1965)
EH – Stoke on Trent (Hanley to 1910)
EJ – Cardiganshire
EK – Wigan
EL – Bournemouth
EM – Bootle
EN – Bury
EO – Barrow In Furness
EP – Montgomeryshire
ER – Cambridge
ES – Perthshire
ET – Rotherham
EU – Breconshire
EV – Essex
EW – Huntingdon
EX – Great Yarmouth
EY – Anglesey
FA – Burton on Trent
FB – Bath
FC – Oxford
FD – Dudley
FE – Lincoln
FF – Merionethshire
FG – Fife
FH – Gloucester
FJ – Exeter
FK – Worcester
FL – Peterborough
FM – Chester
FN – Canterbury
FO – Radnorshire
FP – Rutland
FR – Blackpool
FS – Edinburgh
FT – Tynemouth
FU – Lindsey, Lincs
FV – Blackpool
FW – Lindsey
FX – Dorset
FY – Southport
GA – GB – Glasgow
GC – Greater London
GD – GE Glasgow
GF – Greater London
GG – Glasgow
GH GJ GK – Greater London
GL – Bath
GM – Motherwell
GN – GO – GP -Greater London
GR – Sunderland
GS – Perthshire
GT GU Greater London
GV – West Suffolk
GW GX GY Greater London
HA – Smethwick to 1966, Warley 1966 –
HB – Merthyr Tydfil
HC – Eastbourne
HD – Dewsbury
HE – Barnsley
HF – Wallasey
HG – Burnley
HH – Carlisle
HJ – Southend
HK – Essex
HL – Wakefield
HM – East Ham 1965  Greater London
HN – Darlington
HO – Hampshire
HP – Coventry
HR – Swindon
HS – Renfrewshire
HT HU – Bristol
HV – East Ham to 1965  Greater London
HW – Bristol
HX – Middlesex to 1965, Greater London
HY – Bristol
JA – Stockport
JB – Berkshire
JC – Caernarvon
JD – Middlesex to 1965, Greater London
JE – Cambridge (Isle Of Ely to 1965)
JF – Leicester
JG – Canterbury
JH – Hertfordshire
JJ – Greater London
JK – Eastbourne
JL – Holland, Lincs
JM – Westmorland
JN – Southend
JO – Oxford
JP – Wigan
JR – Northumberland
JS – Ross
JT – Dorset
JU – Leicester
JV – Grimsby
JW – Wolverhampton
JX – Halifax
JY – Plymouth
KA KB KC KD – Liverpool
KE – Kent
KF – Liverpool
KG – Cardiff
KH – Beverley VRO (Hull)
KJ KK KL KM KN KO KP KR – Kent
KS – Roxburghshire
KT – Kent
KU – Bradford
KV – Coventry
KW – Bradford
KX – Buckinghamshire
KY – Bradford
LA LB LC LD LE LF  Greater London
LG – Cheshire
LH – Greater London
LJ – Bournemouth
LK LL LM LN LO LP LR – Greater London
LS – Selkirkshire
LT LU – Greater London
LV – Liverpool
LW LX LY – Greater London
MA MB – Cheshire
MC MD  Greater London
ME MF MG MH – Middlesex to 1965 Greater London
MJ – Bedford
MK ML MM – Middlesex to 1965, Greater London
MN – used in Isle of Man
MO – Berkshire
MP – Middlesex to 1965, Greater London
MR – Wiltshire
MS – Stirling
MT MU MV – Middlesex to 1965, Greater London
MW – Wiltshire
MX MY – Middlesex to 1965, Greater London
NA – NB – NC – ND – NE – NF -Manchester
NG – Norfolk
NH – Northampton
NJ – East Sussex
NK – Hertfordshire
NL – Northumberland
NM – Bedfordshire
NN – Nottingham
NO – Chelmsford
NP – Worcester
NR – Leicester
NS – Sutherland
NT – Shropshire
NU – Derbyshire
NV – Northampton
NW – Leeds
NX – Warwickshire
NY – Glamorganshire
OA OB OC – Birmingham
OD – Devon
OE – OF – OG – OH – OJ – OK – OL – OM – ON – Birmingham
OO – Chelmsford
OP – Birmingham
OR – Hampshire
OS – Wigtown
OT – Portsmouth
OU – Hampshire
OV – Birmingham
OW – Southampton
OX – Birmingham
OY – Greater London
PA – PB – PC – PD – PE – PF -PG – PH – PJ – PK – PL Surrey
PM PN – East Sussex
PO – West Sussex (GPO is not issued, used by General Post Office to 1965)
PP – Buckinghamshire
PR – Dorset
PS – Shetland Isles, Zetland
PT – Durham
PU – Chelmsford
PV – Ipswich
PW – Norwich
PX – West Sussex
PY – North Yorkshire
RA RB – Derbyshire
RC – Derby
RD – Reading
RE RF – Staffordshire
RG – Aberdeen
RH – Beverley VRO (Hull)
RJ – Salford
RK – Croydon to 1965, Greater London
RL – Cornwall
RM – Cumberland
RN – Preston
RO – Hertfordshire
RP – Northamptonshire
RR – Nottinghamshire
RS – Aberdeen
RT – East Suffolk
RU – Bournemouth
RV – Portsmouth
RW – Coventry
RX – Berkshire
RY – Leicester
SA – Aberdeenshire
SB – Argyllshire
SC – Edinburgh
SD – Ayrshire
SE – Banffshire to 1974
SF SG – Edinburgh
SH – Berwick
SJ – Bute
SK – Caithness
SL – Clackmannan
SM – Dumfries
SN – Dumbartonshire
SO – Morayshire
SP – Fife
SR – Forfarshire to 1928, Angus
SS – East Lothian
ST – Inverness
SU – Kincardine
SV – 2 letter code used for Kinross to 1963, and from 1964 – 1974 as normal with suffix letter, ASV1 – YSV999 used as re-registration marks
SW – Kirkcudbrightshire
SX – West Lothian
SY – Midlothian, some pre 1963 codes used for re-registration)
TA – Devonshire
TB – TC – TD – TE – TF – Lancashire
TG – Glamorgan
TH – Carmarthenshire
TJ – Lancashire
TK – Dorset
TL – Kesteven Lincs.
TM – Bedford
TN – Newcastle
TO – Nottingham
TP – Portsmouth
TR – Southampton
TS – Dundee
TT – Devonshire
TU – Chester
TV – Nottingham
TW – Essex
TX – Glamorgan
TY – Northumberland
UA UB – Leeds
UC – Greater London
UD – Oxford
UE – Warwickshire
UF – Brighton
UG – Leeds
UH – Cardiff
UJ – Shropshire
UK- Wolverhampton
UL – Greater London
UM – Leeds
UN – Denbeigh
UO – Devon
UP – Durham
UR – Hertfordshire
US – Glasgow
UT – Leicester
UU – UV – UW  Greater London
UX – Shropshire
UY – Worcester
VA – Lanarkshire
VB – Croydon to 1965 Greater London
VC – Coventry
VD – Lanarkshire
VE – Cambridge
VF – Norfolk
VG – Norwich
VH – Huddersfield
VJ – Herefordshire
VK – Newcastle
VL – Lincoln
VM – Manchester
VN – North Yorkshire
VO – Nottingham
VP – Birmingham
VR – Manchester
VS – Greenock
VT – Stoke on Trent
VU – Manchester
VV – Northampton
VW – Essex
VX – Essex
VY – York
WA WB – Sheffield
WC – Essex
WD – Warwickshire
WE – Sheffield
WF – East Yorkshire
WG – Stirling
WH – Bolton
WJ – Sheffield
WK – Coventry
WL – Oxford
WM – Southport
WN – Swansea
WO – Monmouthshire
WP – Worcester
WR – West Yorkshire
WS – Edinburgh
WT – West Yorkshire
WU – West Yorkshire
WV – Wiltshire
WW – WX – WY  Yorkshire
XA – London C.C. to 1963, Kirkcaldy 1963
XB – London C.C. to 1963, Coatbridge 1964
XC – London C.C. to 1963, Solihull 1964
XD – London C.C. to 1963, Luton 1964 –
XE – London C.C. to 1963, Luton 1964 –
XF – London C.C. to 1963
XG – Middlesborough
XH – London C.C.
XJ – Manchester
XK – XL – XM – XN – XO – XP- XR   London C.C.
XS – Paisley
XT – XU – XV- XW – XX- XY   London C.C.
YA – YB – YC – YD Somerset
YE – Greater London
YF – Greater London
YG – Leeds
YH – Greater London
YJ – Dundee
YK  – YL – YM – YN – YO – YP – YR  Greater London
YS – Glasgow
YT – YU – YV – YW – YX – YY Greater London