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NCDMV to begin issuing single license plate sticker registrations

Posted May 26, 2015

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— After 39 years, the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is changing its process for issuing license plate stickers for vehicles getting their registration renewed.

Beginning Tuesday, drivers will receive a single gray registration renewal sticker that should be placed on the upper right-hand corner of license plates. The expiring month and year will be printed on the sticker above the license plate number.

North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said the change should result in significant cost savings for the state.

Currently, drivers receive a red numbered sticker to place in the upper left-hand corner of the plate and a sticker with the year and plate number for the upper right-hand corner. The dual-sticker method has been in use since 1976.

When drivers receive their new gray sticker, they should remove the red month sticker from their license plate.

There are no changes to the Limited Registration Plate (LRP) sticker design, however, the LRP expiration month and year will be printed under the plate number on those stickers.

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  • George Herbert May 27, 2015
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    The only time I've been pulled was for having an expired plate--when I was driving a friend's car. The highway patrolman noticed the expired plate while behind me at a traffic light.

  • Frank Curcio May 26, 2015
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    And I agree with this, too - it's much easier to see the month when it's on its own sticker.

  • Frank Curcio May 26, 2015
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    The confusion would be reduced if the paragraph began, "Currently, drivers receive a single red, numbered MONTH sticker for the upper left-hand corner when they receive their plate, and a yearly sticker with the year and plate number for the upper right-hand corner"

  • Robert Richardson May 26, 2015
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    I was thinking the same thing. I haven't had two stickers per renewal since I first received the plate on any of our cars. I have only received one sticker for years to replace. The month on the left side of my plate remained the same. Ok, I'm confused.

  • Marvin Sanderford May 26, 2015
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    To remove the stickers, use some WD 40

  • Ben Sanders May 26, 2015
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    So they're going to start sending out one sticker per year, which is the exact same number that is currently printed and mailed; and that is going to save "significant" costs? Dare I ask how?

  • Dean Logan May 26, 2015
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    If they are looking for that, then your car is parked. If they "call in" your license plate, they'll get the information on registration without needing to to look for a sticker.

    No more window sticker. One less plate sticker.
    How often do they check for expired plates without being able to "call in" to the database?
    It would seem that they could get rid of the plate sticker all together.

  • Melvin Denis May 26, 2015
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    What a confusing article and then they show a license plate with no sticker on it instead of what a normal new plate will look like.

  • Barbara Sossomon May 26, 2015
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    Goo Gone.

  • George Herbert May 26, 2015
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    It doesn't seem like they have thought this through from a law enforcement perspective. Isn't it easier for a law enforcement officer to read the month in its current location?

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