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What are the rules for using L plates for a learner driver?

Learner drivers must use an L plate on the front and back of the car or van so that they can be seen easily. Drivers in Wales can use a D plate. Motorbike riders only need to have the L plate on the rear of the motorbike.

Both types of plates must have a red L or D on a white background and must be the exact size shown below.

L plate dimensions

L plate dimensions

You can purchase properly sized L plates at many different stores and outlets.

Not using the correct sized L plates, or not using them at all means you could get up to 6 penalty points.

You should only use the L plates when a learner is driving.

New drivers can use an optional P plate in green, as shown below.


Darren has owned several companies in the automotive, advertising and education industries. He has run driving theory educational websites since 2010.

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