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bar fly
4th Dec 2006, 10:33
Does anyone know how or from where I can get Irish number plates for my dad's UK registered car? I just want exactly the same plate but instead of it having UK or GB in blue on the left, I want it to have IRL as in Ireland. Is this possible (I think it is legal as it's all within the EU) and if so, where can I go?

Thanks for any help.

bar fly

Mr Lexx
4th Dec 2006, 10:54
Try these guys. I am sure that a quick phone call will get you the official UK spacing and font.


bar fly
4th Dec 2006, 11:02
Thanks Mr. Lexx. I'll see if I can get hold of them!

4th Dec 2006, 11:06
Might the problem not be that UK licence plates are reflective, whereas those used in Ireland are not?

bar fly
4th Dec 2006, 11:14
I'm actually not sure. I'm going to have to look into that as well as the fact that it might not be legal to have an IRL plate on a UK licenced car. It would be a shame if it isn't though. My fingers are crossed as it would make a difference from the typical Crimbo presents.


4th Dec 2006, 11:26
IIRC you can either have your national code and either your national flag/symbol or the 12 EU stars, but not another national code.

I believe that in Northern Ireland they have to use the Union Jack with GB, which causes problems. There is a market in plates with the IRL code and flag, to which a blind eye is turned for political reasons. I doubt the police on the mainland would be so understanding....

VRM Swansea: IS IT LEGAL TO HAVE A NATIONAL EMBLEM ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF MY NEW NUMBER PLATES? (http://www.vrm-group.co.uk/Format_number_plates.htm#national%20emblems)

The government now allows you to have the following emblems and wording positioned to the left hand side of your number plates:-


EUROSTARS SYMBOL with 'GB'- with this symbol no other GB sticker is needed on your vehicle when you travel to continental Europe

Mr Lexx
4th Dec 2006, 11:27
If your plate is in the UK font and spacing, it is legal, regardless of what is to the left of it. I have seen Jamaican ones and even Rwandan ones.

The "IRL" bit is just an insert in the making process. They can use exactly the same plates as they use for the English plates, just sub the IRL in. I really cannot forsee a problem.

4th Dec 2006, 11:32
Here's another one for you.

I doubt if it's legal though, UK plates all to be the same size, use the same font and type size. White at the front yellow at the back and all that and reflective.

If you're really keen you could call the PSNI and ask for Traffic Branch. Or try these guys http://www.dvlni.gov.uk/ they deal with all the licenses here, they might help.

4th Dec 2006, 11:38
I hope that it's as easy as you suggest. They might have to 'cut and shut' the backing-strips that are bonded to the plastic. I believe that these strips are 'paper' to which the individual letters are applied before the whole assembly is sandwiched. I doubt that reflective strips are available with the IRL emblem, although if they also produce the (paper) strips themselves they may be able to fudge the result. Failing that (as I suggested) they could cut the Ireland 'badge' from one and position it alongside a UK reflective strip.
Expect to hear the sucking of teeth and "Cost yer", although the Irish may well be more accommodating than your typical back-street UK Motor Mafia.
You can but ask. Best of luck.

4th Dec 2006, 11:50
I've never seen a plate here with a Union Jack on it. Just the GB oval sticker some people put on the back of the car which are made with the strongest adhesive God has ever created and do not come off ever so no one uses them.


bar fly
4th Dec 2006, 11:53
Thanks for the advice chaps. It seems as though I might be out of luck. My intention was for a Republic of Ireland plate for a UK registered car. By the looks of things, it is only possible for other UK countries such as Northern Ireland. Just seems a shame really as whenever he is away in Europe, he has a UK plate with IRL sticker! And he does not want to be seen as a Brit abroad!

4th Dec 2006, 11:54
A hair dryer will usually soften the adhesive and allow the (GB) plate to be removed in my experience.

Don't give up, bar fly. Give them a call and ASK.
They might even speak English - you know how clever foreigners can be in that respect.
I doubt that such emblems are illegal, it just depends how the receive their materials.

4th Dec 2006, 12:28
After further enquiries
Apparently, here in NI we can do it because of dual citizenship, don't ask about that or we'll be here all day, but there may be problems in England, Scotland and Wales.
Get him one anyway, and he can hang it the bathroom or above the fireplace or something.
Nice idea though.

Lon More
4th Dec 2006, 19:18
Found this site. (http://www.myshowplates.com/designer1.asp) No IRL, but the Irish Flag

4th Dec 2006, 21:12
Try eBay. Got a great deal from a NI supplier for a "semi personal" plate.[Not illegal per se, but non cpmpliance with "new" UK regs]