Retro series plates

Thanks to the Retro series you can step back in time and add a classic look to your vehicle. The Retro Series consists of plate characters from the original X and U series that were first issued in the 50's, 60's and 70's.

  Design and order your 'Retro' plates (online)

Check if your plate characters are available and buy online.

Retro series plates

Alternatively you may download an application form and post it, along with a cheque (made payable to the Department of Transport), or take it to your nearest Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or regional Agent.

All plate applications are reviewed for issue prior to final approval. The Director General reserves the right to refuse any plate application, please refer to the information below.

Retro plate fees

Fee type Fee
Retro plates
Retro series licence plates: Black on white $250.00
Retro series licence plates: White on black $250.00
Retro series conversion licence plates: Black on white $250.00
Retro series conversion licence plates: White on black $250.00
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  Design features 'Retro' plates


You can choose the prefix U or X, followed by two (2) letters and three (3) numbers.


Retro series plates are available with a black or white background.

White on black Retro series plate Black on white Retro series plate

The images displayed are an approximate representation and may vary from the actual plate.


Retro series plates are only available in aluminium.


The Retro series is not available for trailers.

Available sizes (Retro)

Vehicle type Size type Dimensions Material
Motor vehicles Normal size 372 mm x 134 mm Aluminium
Motor vehicles Slim line 372 mm x 100 mm Aluminium
Motor vehicles Combination 372 mm x 100 mm - front
372 mm x 134 mm - rear
Motorcycles Normal size 254 mm x 100 mm Aluminium

  Refusal of plate application

The Chief Executive Officer reserves the right to refuse any plate application.

Grounds for refusal include but are not limited to:

  • Have offensive, sensitive or contentious connotations (for example, sexual, violent, drug related, perverse or racial content).
  • Have negative political or anti law references (for example, gang related names or conflicts with road safety messages).
  • Be likely to incite or promote hatred including but not limited to negative religious or cult references.
  • Be a registered name of a company or business, and the applicant is not the Director of the said company or business for which the plate is requested.
  • Be ambiguous and plate characters not easily identifiable.
  • Be in contravention of any State or Commonwealth Legislation (for example ANZAC, NAVY, RAN, AFC, RAAF).
  • Be a close resemblance of character combinations of an existing registration plate or series of plates.
  • Any of the above in a language other than English or could be read by using a rear view mirror.
  • Make or model of vehicle.

  Fitting plates to your vehicle

Screws are not supplied with plates issued by the Department of Transport.

You will need to organise the removal of the old plates and attachment of the new plates yourself, or arrange for them to be fitted by a car dealership or garage.

Euro Series

As vehicle design specifications vary, plates in the Euro Series are produced without any pre-drilled holes. This allows you to position the holes to suit your vehicle.


Page last updated: Wed Jul 3 2019 4:31:53 PM