L Plate Guidelines

L and P Plate Laws and Rules

L plates are an important requirement when learning to drive as they ensure other road users are aware that you may be a less experienced driver. Below are some of the L and P plate laws and rules you need to be aware of when purchasing your L plates:

1. Do I have to display L plates?

It is a legal requirement for learners driving a vehicle to display L plates at all times. Failure to display an L plate, or an L plate that is the incorrect size, can result in you receiving up to six penalty points on your driving licence.

2. What size should my L plates be?

By law, an L plate must be a red letter on a white background and the size outlined in the diagram below:

L and P Plate Laws and Rules

Please note: The corners of the background can be rounded off.

3. When should I display my L plates?

Any vehicle driven by a learner must display red L plates at all times.

4. Where should my L plates be fitted?

The L plates must be clearly visible to other road users from in front and behind the vehicle.

5. When should I remove my L plates?

L plates should only be displayed when the vehicle is being driven by a learner driver. When not in use by a learner, the L plates must be covered or removed. This does not apply to driving school cars.

6. Are P plates a legal requirement?

Unlike L plates, it is not a legal requirement for drivers to display green ‘probationary’ P plates. P plates can voluntarily be displayed to show that you have just passed your driving test. You can display P plates on your vehicle for as long as you like.

7. Where should I display my P plates?

Like L plates, green P plates must be clearly visible to others from in front and behind of your vehicle ensuring they are not obstructing your visibility.

Learn more about red L plate and green P plate laws, rules and regulations on gov.uk, and The Highway Code.

Source: Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency