Jan. 11, 2017

By Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Harborcreek)
I would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists that with the start of 2017, PennDOT is no longer issuing license plate stickers when drivers renew their vehicle registrations. By eliminating the sticker, taxpayers will realize a cost savings of $1.1 million per year, and it is estimated an additional $2 million will be saved in mailing costs.

The cost savings will directly benefit the Motor License Fund, which is used to invest in Pennsylvania’s infrastructure by repairing and maintaining roads and bridges.

However, customers are still required to maintain current vehicle registration, and must present a registration card to law enforcement when asked. A valid registration card is also still required when having a safety and/or emissions inspection completed.

While all previously available methods to renew their registration are still available, motorists can now also renew their registration online from home or a mobile device, in addition to printing and signing a permanent registration card. With this enhancement to the online registration process, customers will no longer have to print a temporary registration card nor will they need to wait for it to be mailed to them by PennDOT.

Law enforcement agencies have electronic access to PennDOT’s database from their patrol vehicles, which will allow them to verify if a vehicle registration is valid. In addition, many use license plate reader technology to efficiently validate registrations.

This change just makes sense as a cost-saving measure by eliminating a process no longer needed. This is the type of restructuring we need to continue to pursue in order to reduce costs. Furthermore, a Penn State research study concluded that eliminating the registration sticker will have no impact on vehicle registration compliance.

For questions about this or any other state-related matter, please feel free to contact my office at 434 North Center St. in Corry, telephone (814) 664-9126. For all the latest news and happenings, you can also follow me on Facebook at Facebook.com/RepSonney or visit my website at RepSonney.com.

Representative Curt Sonney
4th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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