When 2016 ends, vehicle registration stickers will become a thing of the past in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will no longer issue registration stickers beginning Jan. 1, 2017.
Instead, PennDOT officials say law enforcement officers will be able to use Automated License Plate Reader technology to identify expired vehicle registrations and insurance coverage.
If there is something wrong, the officer would be immediately alerted by the ALPR of a problem with the vehicle’s registration.
PennDOT is proposing a grant program utilizing the savings from the elimination of the registration stickers. The program could provide grants to law enforcement officers for the purchase and maintenance of license plate readers.
“By further leveraging technology, we can make renewing your vehicle’s registration and having an immediate, permanent registration credential in hand as easy as spending a few minutes online from your home computer,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said in a press release.
Beginning Jan. 1, customers who renew online will be able save a copy of and print a permanent registration card on demand.
Future plans include allowing customers to upload their registration cards to their smart phones and eliminate the requirement to print a copy altogether.
The last registration sticker will be issued on Dec. 30.
Customers will still need to have their vehicles registered and inspected, but will not be required to display a registration sticker on their license plate after Dec. 31.