Pa. to eliminate vehicle registration stickers in 2017

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 11, 2016 9:41 AM

(Photo courtesy of Commonwealth Media Services)

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania is eliminating registration stickers that motorists affix to their license plates starting in 2017. 

The state Transportation Department anticipates the change will save more than $3 million in production and mailing costs.

The savings will be used to purchase automated license plate readers which permit police to scan license plates to see if the vehicle is registered and has insurance. 

"License plate reader technology allows a single law enforcement officer to quickly, accurately and reliably check the status of thousands of license plates on a single shift using information from  PennDOT's registration database to determine if there are expired registrations or lack of insurance for the vehicle," said PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards. "It is a true force multiplier."

Motorists will still need to renew their registrations and have their vehicles inspected. 

Beginning January 1, motorists who renew online will be permitted to print out a registration card.  

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