We don’t think Sam Cooke had Northern Ireland in mind when he penned his timeless classic. But the biggest change to vehicle number plates in the province since 1973 is coming.

To sum up the news, all possible combinations of the current format are nearly exhausted. And the likely outcome will be to reverse it, which means having the numbers before the letters.

Northern Ireland number plates

There’ll be a little time yet before the new registration format will be implemented. But things change pretty quick, as demonstrated by the fact that there were a total of 50 cars in the whole of Ireland in 1903 when registrations were first introduced. And that figure is now rapidly approaching the 3 million mark.

Regardless of the new NI format, you can be assured our number plate software will be updated for it.