4D Acrylic Number Plates

Also referred to as ‘next gen number plates’, 4D acrylic number plates are constructed from a laser-cut black Perspex® acrylic (polymethyl methacrylate), which is made from acrylic acid polymers in a polymerisation reaction. In contrast, its 3D number plate counterpart is made using a gel polyurethane resin – this is the only difference between 3D gel and 4D acrylic number plates.

Our 4D acrylic number plates are manufactured from acrylic letters which are designed to absorb all wavelengths of light directed towards it; thus, creating an opaque, three-dimensional lettering for your number plates; – as opposed to using a standard, printed number plate – providing your vehicle with a unique and stylish finishing touch.

4D acrylic number plates are essential for vehicle owners who wish to enhance the prestige their vehicle brings with them, wherever their journey takes them.

To ensure our 4D acrylic number plates stand the test of time, our laser-cut letters are stuck to the acrylic number baseplate using 3M double-sided adhesive, which is a watertight sealant. The baseplate is also backed with a vinyl plastic on the opposite side.

Are 4D acrylic number plates legal?

We have already covered this topic at JDM Plates in another article – however, we are happy to touch on this subject again! 4D acrylic number plates are completely legal in the UK, so long as they comply with the British Standard (BS AU 145e). We comply with all the legal requirements for our 4D acrylic number plates, including stroke thickness and other relevant dimensions such as 50mm wide and 79mm high characters.

Motorcycle plates on the other hand can be slightly smaller: with a lettering stroke of 10mm, character width of 44mm and a character height of 64mm. All our 4D number plate acrylic lettering is in solid black.

What thickness are the acrylic letters?

Our standard 4D acrylic number plates feature 3mm thick acrylic lettering, but we offer 5mm 4D lettering options as well for those who want their number plates to stand out. Laser-cut lettering results in more precise, cleaner, sharp edges which attracts attention from passers-by. For vehicle owners who prefer a softer, rounded effect, we also offer 3D gel number plates.

What size 4D acrylic 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 size of 255 x 199 mm, which is most commonly used for motorcycles and ATVs.

We offer the smallest legal 4D plates in the UK for all vehicles including imports and motorcycles. We also provide documentation to prove our own legality for every delivery. We offer a range of 4D variants, such as:

Imported 4D 3mm

Imported 4D 5mm

UK Spec 4D 3mm

UK Spec 4D 5mm

Can you provide coloured number plates?

Unfortunately, the DVLA banned the use of colours in UK number plates. This change was implemented on January 1st, 2021. Additionally, all vehicles manufactured on or after the January 1st, 1980, were banned from using the historic black and silver plates.

Subsequently, this left vehicle owners with one set of colours: white plates with black characters for the front-end of the vehicle, and yellow number plates with black characters on the rear-end.

Companies offering special colouration for your plates, such as neon substrates beneath the black acrylic, are no longer road legal and could result in prosecution if used improperly on vehicles for their registration.

What are the benefits of 4D acrylic number plates?

Laser-cut number plates are the final, finishing touch to automobiles which many vehicle owners rarely consider, despite its effect of further enhancing the luxuriousness of your car.

Asides from further personalising the vehicle itself so that it further expresses you as an individual, a practical advantage of 4D acrylic number plates over printed number plates are that they are not as likely to fade. This is due to the acrylic used to produce them are designed to absorb all wavelengths of light on the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum directed towards it.

This means 4D acrylic number plates in certain environments – such as an arid, sunlit climate – are slightly more durable compared to printed number plates.

Unsure of how our 4D acrylic number plates looks? Check out our Instagram page for a full showcase of previous plates we have produced for our customers.

How do I clean 4D acrylic number plates?

The most effective method in cleaning your 4D acrylic 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.

How much are 4D plates?

With an insignificant price difference between printed and 4D acrylic number plates, at JDM Plates, you can typically expect to pay £29.99 for a printed number plate, whilst 3mm 4D acrylic number plates start from just £37, including VAT. At JDM Plates, we offer the best quality 4D plate quality at competitive prices, and we are always happy to help if you have any questions.

We have a 10% discount code displayed above the main menu of every page (JDMP10) or you can take advantage of our 15% discount code when signing up to our newsletter.

You can use our Number Plate Builder to choose from our full range of number plate designs.

For more information, you can check out our blog for helpful advice on the options available for changing your number plate, and the legal steps required when transitioning from a printed number plate to a 4D number plate.

We cannot wait to hear from you.

For all 4D acrylic 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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