Number plate suppliers selling trailer number plates will soon find themselves with a new opportunity thanks to the international trailer plate scheme. The Trailer Registration Scheme is a new DVLA service for certain UK trailers being used internationally. It is being introduced as part of the UK’s ratification of the 1968 Vienna Convention and to address the issues already faced by customers using trailers abroad.

The trailer registration scheme will apply to these UK trailers wishing to travel internationally:

  • Commercial use trailers that weigh over 750kg gross
  • Non-commercial trailers that weigh over 3500kg gross
What happens if the UK leaves the EU without a deal?

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 12 April 2019, some EU and EEA countries may also require a separate Green Card as proof of insurance for trailers.

If you’re travelling abroad with a trailer, contact your insurance provider to get 2 Green Cards – one for the towing vehicle, and one for the trailer. This does not mean that you need to buy separate insurance.

The International Trailer Scheme

Who will the scheme affect?

The changes will affect over 200,000 trailer owners in the UK, wishing to travel abroad and comes into effect after Brexit, 28 March 2019. Registration will be mandatory for commercial trailers travelling internationally weighing over 750kg and non-commercial trailers weighing over 3500kg.

What will the trailer plate look like?

Trailer registrations are set to look like a motorcycle number plate but with 1 letter followed by 7 numbers. The mark must be grouped as one letter and three numbers followed by a group of four numbers.

International Trailer Plate

Using 64mm high characters, we have established that 9” x 7” (Motorcycle) plates will accommodate all registrations, allowing designs to be generated using our LG Plates Software with no necessity for an upgrade for existing customers.

If you’re running a Tennants Number Plate Printing System that is capable of producing a variety of shapes and sizes, then you’re good to go.

Your Trailer Plates will use components that we have in stock and are ready to order.

Don’t worry if you can only produce Standard Oblong plates; we can provide Trailer Plates for you as part of our Next Day Made Up Plates Service.

Trailer Owners: What you need to do

It’s easy; register your trailer to take it abroad online on the government website. To register you will need to know your trailer’s:

Once the application is complete, you should have a

  • Trailer Registration Number
  • Trailer Number Plate Authorisation Certificate (eV948/2)

You will need these, along with your proof of identification documents when purchasing your plate from one of our RNPS registered number plate suppliers. Remember to bring your original documents, no copies will be accepted.


It costs:

  • £26 to register a trailer for the first time
  • £21 to issue a new registration certificate for a new registered keeper
  • £10 for a replacement UK trailer registration certificate

How should it be displayed?

Your Trailer Plate should be fitted to the rear of your trailer, as far away as possible from the towing vehicle registration plate.

NOTE: If it’s not possible to fix a plate on the rear of the trailer, then one must be fixed to both sides (so check you have room on the back before purchasing, as you may need two plates).

Where can I buy a trailer plate?

If you have a trailer that needs a new plate please email us at with your Postcode and we will find you your nearest legal supplier. You will need to provide proof of entitlement and registration. Make sure to bring your trailer registration certificate or an eV948 form. You can find a full list of acceptable documents on the government website here (PDF). If you need to register a trailer for international travel, click here –

Truck & Trailer Suppliers: How we can help

If you don’t already supply registration plates for your trailers and wish to do so, visit: and complete form V940.

You can then decide whether to set up your own number plate printing system or buy in Made Up plates. Contact our experienced and friendly sales team on 0115 973 8084 to discuss in more detail or email us. You may also be interested in our EC104 reflective tape.

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