4D Number Plates FAQs
What are 4D Plates?
3D plates are well known, but 4D plates have not had as much press. A 4D plate is simply a 3D plate with more profiling to help step up the effect they have. You may have heard of 3D+ plates – they are exactly the same thing!
Are 4D Plates road worthy?
People often get confused about the legalities of number plates, but we are pleased to tell you that all our 4D plates are roadworthy and legal. We carefully follow all DVLA regulations and have years of experience so that you can use your plates with full peace of mind.
How are 4D Plates made?
Our 4D plates are fully reflective, and we cut out the characters and number from black material. Because we want to ensure satisfaction, we offer a range of options; you can choose from gel or have a layer of acrylic, either way, you are guaranteed to have the best plates around. We even offer a frosted finish or a neon finish that both look great at night-time. The finished effect will be a number plate that has numbers and characters that stand out and look phenomenal.
4D Number Plates Guide
Creating 4D plates is straightforward with our online plate maker, and you can be assured that you will receive them via express post. All our plates are made to the highest standards, and we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service.
4D Number Plates Laws & Regulations
There are some regulations that you need to remember when considering a 4D number plate:
- You can only have white reflective front plates and yellow reflective backplates
- You must only use the Charles Wright font
- You must stick to the sizing and layout rules
- The spacing is 11 mm between numbers and letters with a 33 mm space in the middle
- Each number and letter must be 79 mm x 50 mm x 14 mm
- Each plate must display the British Standard number and the maker’s information
- You can add a flag or a border but only as per the guidelines
Interestingly, if you have a vehicle that is over forty years old, then it would be classed as a historic vehicle and as such would not need to follow the DVLA guidelines. In these cases, you can make your plates look exactly as you like without any fear of legal ramification.
A basic set of 4D plates cost approximately £40, but this is increased the more you personalise them. 4D plates are such a great investment as they will help make your vehicle stand out from the crowd and will be the talk of the town or show, depending on where you are planning to show them off.
Have you already adopted stylish gel plates for your vehicle registration plates? If so, you might want to consider upgrading to the most advanced development – 4D technology! It’ll make the letters and numbers on your registration plate literally stand out – you won’t believe how eye-popping they are!
Lots of motorists believe that 4D plates aren’t legal while gel 3D plates are. This is because the DVLA mentions 3D plates specifically in their rules. However, you might be surprised to discover that four dimensional plates are also legal since they’re 3D with a twist!
4D plates have been given this name purely to emphasise that they’re different from 3D plates and to make them stand out as an innovative new design. Some manufacturers actually call them 3D font or 3D Plus style to minimise confusion. Yet, you can be completely confident that 4D plates are both MOT compliant and road legal so long as the platemaker adheres to the regulations for UK number plates as prescribed by the law.
The regulations are extremely specific, having been around since the reflective background was added in 2001 to the regular white plates at the front and yellow plates at the back. Those colours themselves have been around since 1973. Yet, there are lots of other legal requirements that platemakers must comply with. These include:
- The use of Charles Wright 2001 font
- Numbers and letters measuring 79mm in height and 50mm in width
- Character dimensions of 14mm
- Spacing of 11mm between each character in a group
- A central space to separate the random letters and age identifier of 33mm
- A border surrounding the plate to allow a gap of 11mm between the plate’s edge and the characters
- Flags or badges must only be from a prescribed list
- Platemakers must add in microprint the British Standard number together with their own postcode and name
Number plates must also be legible and compliant all the time, with no chips, cracks or dirt. Failure to comply means your car could fail its MOT or you could even be fined as much as £1,000. All of these regulations makes it tricky to personalise your plates unless you opt for private plates and these are costly.
What Are The Differences Between 4D Plates And 3D Gel Plates?
3D gel plates have a gel polyurethane resin applied onto the letters and numbers so that they develop a domed, shiny appearance. Meanwhile, 4D number plates are cut by a laser to give the characters a raised appearance.
The majority of platemakers producing both 4D and 3D plates use only premium quality materials. This means that the white and yellow acrylic plates are also of the highest quality for a showroom feel. As a result, the plates are also more durable against the debris and dirt you car will inevitably encounter when on the roads. Rock salt, grit and stones create cracks, scratches and chips, so it couldn’t be more vital that your plates are capable of withstanding these so that its pristine and shiny 4D effect can be maintained.
Fading and weathering are also all-too-common due to rain, sun and frost. While most 4 dimensional plates can survive standard car washes, jet washing is something you may want to be cautious about.
Are 4D Plates Legal in the UK?
Any plate that has the incorrect standard specification or which is chipped, cracked, faded or dirty will be illegal. However, as long as a 4D plate meets the requirements set down by law it is perfectly legal to drive on the road.
Making Private Plates Extra Special With 4D Number Plates
If you want to add an even more stylish touch to your private plates, 4D technology is the way to go. You want everybody to notice your personalised plates and 4D is an ideal solution thanks to its glossy finish.
Are Show Plates And 4D Number Plates The Same Thing?
Show plates are free-ranging plate styles that break the rules and regulations. They cannot therefore be driven on public roads. You can choose any finish you like for these plates since it isn’t the finish which makes these plates illegal, it’s the fact they don’t meet the UK’s requirements for legal number plates. Show plates tend to be used in garage showrooms or car shows since they allow a vehicle to be advertised and highlighted easily in static displays. These cars aren’t intended for use on the roads. 4D technology is easily applied effectively on road legal and show plates alike.
How Much Will I Have To Spend On 4D Plates?
You’ll find 4D plates on sale for around £50 for the pair with no additional flags, badges or special effects like neon or frosting. Our prices however are the best in the market at just £39.98.