4D Number Plates

Create your 4D Number Plates online now with our custom plate maker. All our 4D plates are manufactured to an exceptional standard, are low cost and come with fast delivery. Order your 4D number plates below.
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John V - November 29, 2020

Great service and plates arrived on time. Plates exactly as advertised. Would highly recommend.

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Tom S - November 29, 2020

Absolutely brilliant! Colourful, different, stands out with my personal plate & legal. The ordering service couldn’t have been easier.

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George P - November 29, 2020

I’ve ordered at least 4 times over the years from Show Plates Express. I can not fault the easy of ordering, quality and turnaround time. Will always order only through them. Highly recommended company

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Alan T - November 29, 2020

Ordered a set of plates, came exactly how I ordered in good clean condition with the personalisation I ordered. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Show Plates Express for a fast friendly service. Thank you

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Robertson C - November 29, 2020

Exactly what I ordered. Good quality product, very professional and courteous service and a quick delivery. Highly recommended company.

What makes 4D number plates so special?

The laser-cut digits are high gloss black, sharply cut, and professionally bonded, taking the look of your vehicle to the ‘next-level’

How deep are these laser-cut digits?

Our 4D Standout digits are 3mm deep, the optimum depth for appearance, style, and easy-maintenance. 3mm digits are much easier to keep clean and have superior side-view definition than 5mm digits.

What happens if a raised digit becomes damaged, will my plates still be able to be used?

Yes. Because these laser-cut digits are professionally bonded on top of an already fully legal number plate, Most 4D sellers do not do this to save them money in print! if they are damaged in any way then it remains possible to read the number plate underneath and comply with the law.



4D Number Plates Guide

If you have already embraced the 3D Gel Plate look for your number plates, then the latest development in the good looking registration stakes is now 4D, a new technology which can really make the characters on your plate stand out in sharp relief – they really are popping!

4d plate laid on a table

Many motorists think that that 3D gel plates (see our 3d gel plate guide) are legal and 4D are not just because the DVLA makes specific mention that 3D plates are compliant in their regulations.  Well, 4D plates are legal too because actually, they are 3D but with a bit of a twist.  They are only called 4D to emphasise the added difference to 3D and to mark them out as the latest design innovation.  Some manufacturers call them 3D Plus or 3D font style so that they reduce the confusion but rest assured, 4D is both road legal and MOT compliant providing your platemaker stays within the regulations prescribed for number plates in the UK.  These rules are very specific and have been in place since 2001 when the reflective element was added to the standard issue of white plates with black characters on the front of the vehicle and yellow and black on the rear which appeared as far back as 1973.  However, there are many other legal rules to comply with such as:-

  • There is only one prescribed font and that is Charles Wright 2001
  • Characters must be 50mm wide and 79mm high
  • The dimension of each character must be 14mm
  • The space between the characters in each group should be 11mm with the central space separating the age identifier and the three random letters listed as 33mm
  • The border around the plate so the gap between the characters and the edge of the plate is 11mm
  • You can choose a badge or flag from a designated list, the flags of the Union excluding Northern Ireland plus the EU flag although that might disappear once Brexit is complete
  • The platemaker is required to include the British Standard number in small print as well as his name and the postcode of the business premises

Plates must be compliant and legible at all times – no dirt, cracks or chips  – otherwise, you risk an MOT failure or a fine of up to £1,000.  It’s easy to see why there are limited options to personalise or alter a standard number plate and not everyone can afford to go for a private registration.

What is the difference between a 4D number plate and 3D plate?

A 3D gel resin plate has a polyurethane gel resin applied to the characters to give them a super shiny domed appearance.  4D plates are laser cut which, when you match this up with the 3D technology, gives the letters and numbers a really raised appearance on the plate.

4d plate laid on a table

Most plate makers who produce both 3 and 4D only use superior quality materials so even the actual yellow and white acrylic plate is top-quality to give the end result a real showroom feel.  Plus, premium materials mean that the plate will be more hard-wearing against the inevitable dirt and debris which the lower part of the vehicle encounters on the road.  Stones, grit and rock salt can create chips, scratches and cracks so it is important that the plate can withstand these to keep its super shiny and pristine 4D effect.

Weathering and fading is another inevitability with sun and rain and also frost.  Most 4D plates can survive the car wash but you might want to think twice about jet washes which have such an incredible force of water they could over time damage the plates.  Either avoid the plate if you can or cover it whilst you wash the car.

4D plates are legal in the UK

What is not legal is a plate which has had the standard specification tampered with or a dirty, faded, cracked or chipped plate, basically anything that interferes with the ability to read the plate clearly.

Use 4D to make a private plate super special

4D technology is the ultimate finishing touch to a private registration plate.  Let’s be honest, if you have splashed out on a personalised plate then you will want everyone to notice it.  4D is the ultimate finishing gloss to an eye-catching private registration.

What is the difference between 4D plates and show Plates?

show plate is a free-ranging number plate style that breaks all the rules as it is deliberately not designed or permitted to be used on the road.  You can have whatever finish you want as it is not the finish that makes it illegal, it is the fact that it strays outside the standard UK requirements for an on-road number plate.  Show plates are popular at car shows and garage showrooms because you can really highlight and advertise a vehicle and if it is a static display, then there is never an issue with the car going on the road.  4D technology can be applied to great effect on both show plates and road legal plates.

How much do 4D plates cost?

4D plates retail at around the £49.98 mark for a pair. However, our plates retail at just £39.98.