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Are Custom Decals Legal

Are Custom Decals Legal

Custom decals truly add a unique level of individuality to your vehicle. For those who are new to custom decals, the legalities regarding them may not be known. We will be addressing this and much more in today’s blog.

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘Are custom decals legal?’

The UK automotive aftermarket industry is thriving, ranking fourth in Europe and ninth in the world in terms of size, and turning over an annual £21.1 billion.

The sector supports 345,600 jobs and contributes £12.2 billion each year to the economy. And it is growing: the sector’s value is set to rise to £28 billion by 2022.

That’s why we at Car Specialist Customs are here to provide you with all the information you require to get the best car customisation possible, whilst being as informed as possible.

What is a custom decal?

A decal is a sticker that can be applied over your vehicle and other areas. Whereas, a custom decal is a sticker that can be customised and designed specifically for your needs. A custom decal can be personalised in terms of their general design, the material used, and the size and shape of the decal.

Custom decals have a number of benefits including…

  • They can be personalised, allowing your individuality and uniqueness to be stamped over your vehicle.
  • They are versatile in terms of application, whether you want one on your car, a window, your wall, essentially any smooth surface.
  • They can be used for decorative purpose or for advertisement purposes. Whether you want one on a business vehicle, shop window and many other areas, custom decals are a great option.
  • If applied onto your vehicle, depending on the material you use for the custom decal, it has the potential to protect your paintwork slightly.

Is a custom decal the same as a custom vehicle wrap?

No. A custom decal is not the same as a custom vehicle wrap. Although they are both quite similar in terms of function, their differences are enough to make them stand apart.

Regarding sizes, custom decals can generally be smaller, and applied to specific areas such as a bumper, window, or hood. Whereas a custom wrap will cover a significant portion of a vehicle.

When it comes to custom decals, they can be used to display logos, quotes, artwork, almost anything. A custom wrap, however, would be used for much more intricate and elaborate/all-encompassing designs. Whether this is a business advertisement for a whole vehicle, or changing the colour of a vehicle etc.

In terms of installation, custom decals can easily be applied yourself. Although, you would still need to ensure the surface has been treated by cleaning it correctly before applying.

Custom vehicle wraps have the potential to be installed by yourself, however this is only recommended if you are an expert. Custom vehicle wraps require a lot more attention and time, as well as manpower to ensure a smooth, flawless finish that has no air bubbles or wrinkles.

Generally, a custom vehicle wrap may be more expensive than a custom decal. However, with both options, the prices are usually determined by the amount of labour required, in addition to the material used etc. 

Are custom decals legal?

Are custom decals legal?

Yes, custom decals are entirely legal. However, there are certain elements that may get you into trouble with the authorities if your custom deals do or contain any of the following…

  • Obscure your windscreen to a degree where your vision is obstructed.
  • Covers your rear or front lights/ number plates.
  • Contains offensive or inappropriate imagery.
  • Copyrighted or trademarked imagery, such as certain logos.
  • Hate speech or language that incites violence.
  • Some decals are also tinted, applying this on windscreens may be an issue if it reduces your visibility to a certain point.

What happens if my custom decal is illegal?

If your custom decal is illegal, there are a variety of results that can occur. However, this is subject to the specific situation itself. That being said, consequences can include, but are not limited to…

  • A legal request to remove the decal in question.
  • A fine.
  • A police warning.
  • The potential for your vehicle to be seized.
  • MOT failure.
  • Complications with insurance, depending on their policies.

How can I make sure my custom decal is legal?

The best way to ensure your custom decal is legal is by buying it from a legally authorised seller. Non-custom decals can be purchased from anywhere, so depending on your placement, are generally legal.

Custom decals, on the other hand, may have features that can be classed as illegal, this is why visiting a legally authorised installer is the best way. They can work with you through your plans to ensure the decal is entirely legal before application. Additionally, they can provide guidance regarding any aftercare that may be needed for your decal.

How are custom decals applied?

How are custom decals applied?

By visiting an established and experienced creator and installer of custom decals such as Car Specialist Customs, you are ensuring the best possible process of creation and application for your custom decal. Here is our general process.

The consultation

The first stage of our process is the consultation. From this, we find out what you want from this process. You don’t have to have an exact image ready at this point, that being said, having reference photos, and a general idea of what you are after can make this process very smooth.

The design

Our design process begins shortly after the consultation. Our talented designers will create ideas for a custom decal based on your design request. This process can vary in length as we work closely with you to ensure the design appeals to you.


The final part of the process is producing the custom decal once you are happy with it. After this point, you can choose to receive your decal or have it applied, which may be a smarter option depending on the size of the custom decal.

Order a custom decal today

Order a custom decal today

Our team members at Car Specialist Customs are extremely passionate and proud of the multiple services and products we provide for the people of Greater Manchester and beyond.

As a fully insured and approved installer, catering to the needs of vehicle owners of Greater Manchester and beyond, we are proud to let you know that we offer services for the following:


Wrapping and PPF:

Interior customisation/ technology:


Featuring the brands, Pandora, ScorpionTrak, Meta Trak & SmarTrack, we’ve included affordable, and premium products to suit the needs of our customers. With finance options available, and the option of installation, head to our website to get your quote!

We will always go above expectations to make your car feel special to you. With even more services and options becoming available in the future, Car Specialist Customs is the home of making any car unique, secure and special.

See what we can do for you today, we hope the details we shared have helped you decide to take a step forward in personalising your vehicle with our unique service.

In this blog, we aimed to have answered the question, ‘Are custom decals legal?’ Whilst also providing supplementary information that can help you make an informed choice when it comes to investing in customisation options for your vehicle.

Want to get in touch? You can find us right here:


Unit 30

Caldershaw Centre

Ings Ln


OL12 7LQ


Monday to Wednesday – 10 AM—7 PM

Thursday – Closed

Friday to Sunday – 11 AM—7 PM


07523 971347 (Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm)


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