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The requirements for number plates are that there is now, only one type of font which is prescribed. The registration plate must be in the prescribed font or be substantially similar to the font so that the characters are easily distinguishable. This means that you cannot use italic fonts or broken strokes or basically anything that would make the appearance of the number plate substantially different (which includes using letter spacing which does not comply with the regulations).

An example of the prescribed font can be seen on website in related information.

It is not permitted to use strategically placed bolts and screws to alter the letters or numbers on a registration plate.

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