Smallest Motorcycle Number Plates | JDM Plates | Small Legal Plates

Written by JDM-Plates

Mar 23, 2019
Specialising In Small, Legal & Bespoke Number Plates Within The UK

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Rear – 172mm x 156mm (W x H)

Smallest Legal Motorcycle Number Plates!

Is your motorcycle in dire need of a small legal number plate? Is your pride and joy being let down with the horrible, oversized yellow square on the rear? Have you recently had a tail tidy and would like to finish off the rear with a nice, short, legal number plate? If so, JDM Plates have the answer!

The smallest legal motorcycle number plates is a very vague area; whether this is to do with motorcycles, imported cars or even standard UK vehicles – the smallest legal number plate is not clearly defined and requires significant investigation of relevant legislation. Here at JDM Plates we have scrutinized legislation in order to know what the smallest legal motorcycle number plates can be!

Generally, motorbike owners simply accept that they have to have an ugly, oversized number plate on the rear of their pride and joy. This is due to the fact that the vast majority of people believe the law is being broken on their behalf if they mount smaller number plates! In most cases this is true as most number plate sellers; particularly on eBay, sell small ‘show plates’ which do not display the required legal markings; not only this, but eBay sellers – most sellers as a matter of fact – only supply the generic sizes that are available from mainstream material companies! We supply consumers with bespoke, smaller number plates; significantly smaller than the normal – Fully Legal!

So What Is The Smallest Legal Motorcycle Number Plate Size?

It may be unknown, but the smallest size number plate that is legally allowed to be mounted on a vehicle is subject to the number of characters the number plate contains. Not only this, but depending where the registration plate is to be mounted to; whether this be on a UK car, Imported car or motorcycle also helps determine the overall size. Standard UK cars are obligated to have number plate characters of 50mm wide x 79mm high whereas motorcycles and imported vehicles can legally have characters as small as 44mm wide x 64mm high. These aforementioned differences, as well as the requested shape; square or rectangle, help determine the smallest legal overall size of a number plate!

Typically, number plate sellers will sell the following motorbike number plate sizes:

– 9′ x 7′ (228mm x 177mm)
– 8′ x 6′ (203mm x 152mm)
– 7′ x 5′ (177mm x 127mm)

Although all of the above sizes could be legal to be used on UK public roads, depending on the number of characters the registration contains, it can still be a vague area to select the correct size. On eBay, 2 of the 3 sizes are described as show plates or novelty plates whereas on the 9′ x 7′ was described as legal. Here at JDM Plates, all of our sizes are legal to help you comply with the law!

We currently have the following smallest legal sizes number plates for motorcycles (over 2 rows):

– 9′ x 6.5′ (228mm x 164mm) For 7 Digit Registrations [or less].
– 7.6′ x 6.5′ (194mm x 164mm) For 7 Digit Registrations With a 1 or I [or less].
– 7′ x 6.5′ (174mm x 164mm) For 6 Digit Registrations [or less].
– 7′ x 6.5′ (174mm x 164mm) For 5 Digit Registrations [or less].

We do not tend to go smaller than 5 digit registration sizes as it may bring unwanted attention by the police and quite frankly, it is rare to find a number plate that has less than 5 characters. However, if you do require a smaller number plate than what is mentioned or available on our  ‘Number Plates & Accessories’ page then feel free to get in contact with us using one of the many contact forms on the website.

Here at JDM Plates, we want all of our customers to be within the law with regards to the smallest legal number plates and therefore supply the relevant documentation as we take the responsibility and liability of all sales. Not only do you pay for the high quality manufacture of the smallest legal number plates, but the professional service that we offer in the event of you ever getting stopped, if you happen to get stopped regarding your small number plate that is…

Fully Legal - Guaranteed!

It is mandatory to have all the correct legal marking on a number plate which is to be displayed on any UK public road. These markings consist of: the company name and postcode of the company that printed the number plate; the BS AU 145d British Standard code and the proper registration mark of the vehicle. It is also mandatory to have the correct character spacing, character margins and character sizes printed onto the number plate. However, we have covered all bases for you and for a range of number plates on our ‘Number Plates & Accessories’ page. If you want to see what we have to comply with, read our articles HERE. We can even produce bespoke number plates so long as the legal sized characters and legal markings do not encroach onto the minimum reflective area required… However, for our motorcycle number plate listing, please click HERE! Within this listing, we offer 4D, Krystal, 4D+ & Printed variations in a range of smallest legal sizes!

We issue a Declaration of Legality with all orders to prove your plates are within the law. For more information on what you receive with your orders, see HERE.

High Quality - Guaranteed!

All of our number plates use BS AU145d compliant materials and are fully UV protected. The carefully specified materials are UV stable; weather and abrasive resistant; humidity, chemically and corrosion resistant and have a class 1 fire rating. Not only this, but our number plates are impact and bend stable and have been tested to British Standards Institution (BSI) specifications; we can assure this as we source our materials from British Number Plate Manufacturers Association (BNMA) registered suppliers! The materials consist of very high tack values therefore our shorter number plates are also not prone to peeling over time.  As we use a high quality materials and have a solid plastic surface; there will be no surface bubble unlike cheaper laminated plates. FACT.

For all short legal number plate enquires, please feel free to contact us on 07936 489785 or alternatively email us at [email protected] or contact us HERE.

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