Pennsylvania discontinued its practice of issuing license plate registration stickers effective Jan. 1, 2017. To confirm that a motorists ’s vehicle registration is current and properly insured, the state now will rely on license plate-reader technology to scan license plates.
The state estimates it will save $2 million in mailing costs and $1 million in product costs per year by eliminating the stickers. It also cites fraud reduction as another advantage, as the new practice eliminates the potential for creating fake stickers and either selling them or applying them to vehicles for which they were not intended.
Motorists who renew their registrations online will be able to print a registration card. In the future, the state plans to allow registrants to upload their registration cards to their smart phones.