October 1, 2021

GB number plate sticker: What do Brits use abroad now after rule change?

Is the GB number plate sticker still valid abroad?

No, the UK must now remove old-style GB stickers or cover them up.

Now they should display a UK sticker or have the UK identifier on their number plate.

The UK government guidance has been in place since Tuesday, September 28th 2021.

The change was made to include Northern Ireland in the wake of Brexit because Great Britain refers only to England, Wales and Scotland.

What should Brits use when driving outside of the UK?

The new rules state that any driver with a GB sticker on their car now needs to replace it with a new UK one if they are driving abroad.

Drivers need to display a UK sticker clearly on the rear of your vehicle if your number plate has any of the following:

  • A  GB identifier with the Union flag
  • A Euro symbol
  • A national flag of England, Scotland or Wales
  • A numbers and letters only – no flag or identifier
  • What should be done with old-style GB stickers?

    GB stickers should be removed from the car or covered up.

    If you have a number plate that includes the Union Jack you will not need a sticker.

    Drivers also need to remember that number plates featuring the blue band and letters GB next to the European golden stars are no longer valid.

    The stickers only cost a few pounds and can be purchased online or at stores selling motors accessories, such as Halfords, Post Office, or in garages.