3D Gel Number Plates

Also known as domed gel plates, 3D gel number plates are license plates with raised, 3D text. The plates the 3D lettering is fixed onto are typically made from plastics or metal, whilst the lettering itself is made using a gel polyurethane resin. 3D number plates are becoming increasingly popular to personalise vehicles, as they offer an eye-catching visual effect not possible with traditional flat plates.

3D gel characters are made using a doming process, where a clear gel is applied over the raised 3D letters on the plate. This gel cures to provide a high gloss, protective finish that looks great and helps protect the 3D characters from fading and other damage. The letters are heated to ensure there are no bubbles in the gel. Once we are satisfied that there are no imperfections, they are then left to cool.

Once ready, we use high-strength, 3M adhesive to lock the letters into place on your number plate and apply machine pressure to ensure the seal is airtight and permanent.

Contemplating taking the leap to enhance your number plate? Please read on to discover more about our 3D gel number plates.

Are 3D gel number plates legal?

Our 3D gel number plates are made from solid black material. This is the only acceptable colour if you intend on using your number plates for licensing your vehicle, and as such, this is the only colour we can offer.

This is true for all number plate suppliers. It is perfectly legal to use 3D gel number plates provided the plate is made with solid black text, with the correct font, size, and spacing. The DVLA in the UK has no issue with 3D number plates as they follow all the same rules and regulations as regular number plates.

What size 3D gel number plates are available?

We offer the standard UK car size number plate, at 520 x 111 mm, as well as several smaller options, including the smallest legally permitted sizes to accommodate your registration number and vehicle type. For instance, a we can offer a 228mm wide x 164mm high plate size with 3D Gel lettering which is most commonly used for motorcycles and ATVs. However, Motorcycle and ATV number plates can be significantly smaller subject to the number of characters within the registration number!

We offer the smallest legal 3D plates in the UK for all vehicles including imports and motorcycles. We also provide documentation to prove our own legality for every delivery.

Can you supply 3D gel number plates in different styles?

You may have seen number plates made with patterns on the black, or even adding in colour substrates in the past. However, they are no longer legal, and the DVLA has laid down clear number plate guidelines from September 2021 that we must work within to ensure that your number plate remains road legal.

The DVLA states the text on all UK number plates must be solid black and in the Charles Wright font to be legal. Therefore, all attempts to provide alternatives, such as carbon, or coloured acrylics, are not legal. For this reason, we do not supply them anymore.

Similarly, 3D printed effect number plates were created by using two tones, black and grey, and applying the grey to one side of the font to simulate highlights and shadow. As 3D effect number plates are not made with solid black text, they do not comply with DVLA regulations and are now illegal. We do not sell 3D effect number plates or any other plate style that is not created with solid black text, in line with DVLA standard BS AU 145e.

What are the benefits of 3D gel number plates?

Thanks to their high gloss black finish, 3D gel number plates are visually stunning, and gives your vehicle a final, prestige finish. Additionally, changing your license plates from printed to 3D gel number plates may result in saving more money long-term, as they tend to have a greater longevity then their printed counterparts.

The domed gel top protects the underlying image from scratches, fading, and other damage that can occur over time. This means that your 3D gel number plates will remain in its factory-new condition for years to come, even with regular use.

Why are 3D gel number plates popular?

3D Gel number plates have become increasingly popular over the last few years as an alternative to regular number plates. There are several reasons for this, but the most common one is that 3D Gel number plates offer a much more 3-dimensional look than traditional number plates, which differentiates you from the crowd.

Another reason 3D Gel number plates are so popular is that they are less likely to fade or discolour over time. The gel used in these plates is UV resistant, meaning it will not fade in direct sunlight.

How do I clean 3D gel number plates?

The most effective method in cleaning your 3D gel number plates is by using an all-purpose/multi-purpose cleaner either by spraying it directly onto your number plates; then using a microfibre cloth to wipe the cleaning product on the surface of the plates, or by spraying the cleaning product onto the microfibre cloth and wiping your number plates until all the contaminates are gone/reacted with the cleaning fluid.

You can then hose the area down with pressurised water on a low setting.

I have heard of 4D with Gel number plates. What are they?

Our 4D with gel number plates are made from black vinyl-cut letters with polyethene resin applied to the surface which is hardened in a heated oven. The letters, when manufactured, are mounted onto and 4D acrylic letter which has been laser cut from an acrylic sheet. The 4D with gel number plate letter is then applied to the surface of the number plate. our 4D with Gel number plates differ in comparison to 4D Acrylic number plates or our 3D gel number plates in that they have a deeper profile with a more rounded and smoother outcome then the aforementioned styles.

Whatever is most suitable for you comes down to personal preference, but our 3D Gel, 4D Acrylic and even our 4D with gel combination letters are all legal options in the UK. We offer all the aforementioned options at competitive prices: a pair of 3D Gel or 4D acrylic number plate from us costs just £37 including VAT, while our 4D with gel combination being slightly more expensive..

How can I order 3D Gel number plates?

You can visit our Number Plate Builder and enter your registration number into the number plate builder. You will be able to select 3D gel as your preferred option. We offer a rapid delivery service and 10% off using our discount code JDMP10.

Our 3D gel number plates ordering process has been designed to take as little time as possible to use at no extra inconvenience to you. It takes within minutes to design and purchase.

For all 3D gel number plates enquiries, you can call us on 01493 230023. Alternatively, please feel free to email us at: [email protected]

Why Use JDM Plates For Your New Number Plates?


BSI, BSAU 145e & DVLA Compliant


Custom Shaped Plates To Suit ANY Reg


Tracked 24 & 48 Hour Delivery Available


Customer Support That Call Back


No Premium Phone Lines


High Quality Control & Assurance


Recommended on Trustpilot & Google


Offering The Smallest Legal Sizes


High Quality Components & Machinery Used


DVLA Registered Under RNPS 57790

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