Motor vehicle registrations

Accession 1397 - Plymouth motor vehicle registration licences from 1921 to 1978

A set of cards giving descriptions of vehicles laid out in a fan shape.We hold Motor vehicle licensing cards for vehicles registered by the Plymouth Local Vehicle Licensing Office, with the registrations CO, DR and JY, prior to the setting up of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency centralised system in 1978.  You can obtain copies of any motor vehicle registrations we hold. See our Copying page for details.

Further information on surviving registration cards for the rest of the UK can be found in the book ‘How to trace the history of your car’ by Philip Riden, ISBN 1-898937-25-7.

Photograph showing a full car park in the city with 1950s cars.For current day vehicle and driver registrations, please contact the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in Exeter or further information can be found on the DVLA website.

Plymouth Motor Vehicle Registrations Catalogue (National Archives – opens in a new window)