A sight we’ve grown familiar with since our parents and maybe our grandparents drove cars will vanish in the coming year.
We’re talking about those square, perforated auto inspection stickers with hole-punch spots marking the month of the inspection, stuck (we all hoped) to the lower left corner of our windshields. They will be replaced by new inspection stickers expected to be put into service by the end of the year in an effort New York State officials hope will enhance the security of our vehicles.
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is switching to print-on-demand vehicle inspection certificates which will add vehicle-specific information directly onto the sticker. Some customers are already receiving the new stickers, with the complete transition expected by the end of 2023.
The new stickers will have a different appearance than the stickers that have been previously issued. The sticker color will change based on the expiration year. And according to the new sample stickers that DMV provided, the stickers will contain the vehicle’s VIN identification number, license plate number, mileage at the time of the inspection and several other identification assets.
Of course, the new stickers will mean new inspection equipment — and that could mean higher prices for car owners. The state Department of Motor Vehicles has not yet released the amount of new fees, if there are any. So car owners could be paying higher costs for enhanced security. And given that most of the new process is computer-related, we hope the transition runs smoothly and, for the sake of New York taxpayers, as inexpensively as possible.
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this does not really seem like a top state priority to me??? thank you new york legislature for addressing citizens real needs....paying more money to the State for a problem that does not exist!
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