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PennDOT Will No Longer Issue Vehicle Registration Stickers

PennDOT News | February 10th, 2016

Effective 12/31/16, PennDOT will no longer issue Vehicle Registration stickers. Beginning January 1, 2017, customers who renew online will be able save a copy of and print a permanent registration card on demand. Future plans also include allowing customers to eventually upload their registration cards to their smart phones and eliminate the requirement to print a copy altogether.

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Discuss The Benefits

Why is PennDOT going to stop issuing registration stickers?

Act 89, signed into law in November 2013, provided for the elimination of vehicle registration stickers. When registration stickers are eliminated, customers can enjoy the convenience of paying their registration fee online from home or a mobile device, printing and signing a permanent registration credential and going about their business, without waiting for delivery by mail

Do I still have to register my vehicle?
Yes; Act 89 merely eliminated the need to place a registration sticker on your license plate effective December 31, 2016.

How much money will be saved by not issuing the stickers?
The elimination of the registration sticker will realize a cost savings to the commonwealth in excess of $1 million per year.

How will law enforcement know my car is registered?
Law enforcement agencies have real-time electronic access to PennDOT’s database to verify a vehicle’s registration. You are still required to maintain a valid and current registration card and present it to law enforcement when asked. Also, the valid and current registration card must still be presented at safety inspections.