New Number Plate New Legislation – Display of National Flags


The government issued an amendment of the Road Vehicle (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001 in relation to the display of national flags.

The regulations do not apply to Northern Ireland where the only legal option is the European Flag.

Legal Flags are the:

  • Union Flag
  • Cross of Saint George
  • Scottish Saltire
  • Red Dragon of Wales


In addition to the flag one of the following text descriptors can be included:

  • Great Britain or GB – United Kingdom or UK
  • England or Eng – ENGLAND or ENG
  • Scotland or Sco – SCOTLAND or SCO
  • Cymru or Cym – CYMRU or CYM
  • Wales or WALES


All flags are printed onto the reflective .