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Re: License Plate News
« Reply #1225 on: February 12, 2020, 06:07:30 PM »

I know this maybe confusing, but it's a very complicated system. I was curious what each state was doing in terms of license plate registration and inspection stickers. You have states that are rear plate-only, some have stickers on the windshield, some on the front plate, some back, some both, etc. I made a half-assed attempt to visualize this. The purpose was to understand what everyone was doing. Hawaii was the most complicated and couldn't figure it out because it varies on a number of factors.

States have removed or reduced sticker requirements to save money, and this was to sort of demonstrate an incentive for other states to do that too.


TN and OK show both no front plate, but front plate sticker.... I am a bit confused

yeah....i never finished this. good catch. i was still verifying and confirming when i gave up on it. so it was never finished and really never meant to be seen (realistically) by anyone. Was doing it just for me, really. but good catch!
Since it’s out there, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula could use some love.

Ohio can be added to the “no front plate” list after July 1.
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Re: License Plate News
« Reply #1226 on: February 13, 2020, 11:38:29 AM »

New Hampshire is labeled as dark for all three colors. We do have front and rear plates, both of which have 2 stickers on them (month & year), but the only sticker that goes on your windshield is just the one inspection sticker.

And Massachusetts is labeled as dark for front plate, but MA does not require stickers on front plates, only one sticker on the rear plate.
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Re: License Plate News
« Reply #1227 on: February 13, 2020, 12:05:15 PM »

What are the x1 x2 columns supposed to indicate? Wisconsin has no inspection sticker. Any regions of the state with emissions checks has the process tied to the registration sticker, of which there is only one on the rear plate.
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Re: License Plate News
« Reply #1228 on: February 13, 2020, 08:36:54 PM »

What are the x1 x2 columns supposed to indicate? Wisconsin has no inspection sticker. Any regions of the state with emissions checks has the process tied to the registration sticker, of which there is only one on the rear plate.
I think it means the number of stickers on each plate. In Ohio, for example, the rear plate has a county sticker and the yearly registration. The front (until July) only has the county sticker.
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Re: License Plate News
« Reply #1229 on: February 13, 2020, 08:52:40 PM »

What are the x1 x2 columns supposed to indicate? Wisconsin has no inspection sticker. Any regions of the state with emissions checks has the process tied to the registration sticker, of which there is only one on the rear plate.
I think it means the number of stickers on each plate. In Ohio, for example, the rear plate has a county sticker and the yearly registration. The front (until July) only has the county sticker.

I could buy that interpretation, but two doesn't really describe Wisconsin, IMO. For regular automobiles with standard plates, there's two stickers, one for the month and one for the year, but only the year sticker ever gets changed. Light trucks do gain an extra sticker for a weight rating, but that one doesn't change either. Buses and motorhomes get a combination month/year sticker.
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Re: License Plate News
« Reply #1230 on: February 13, 2020, 08:53:08 PM »

What are the x1 x2 columns supposed to indicate? Wisconsin has no inspection sticker. Any regions of the state with emissions checks has the process tied to the registration sticker, of which there is only one on the rear plate.
I thought those are years; sticker valid for 1 or 2 years respectively
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Re: License Plate News
« Reply #1231 on: February 13, 2020, 09:40:36 PM »

What are the x1 x2 columns supposed to indicate? Wisconsin has no inspection sticker. Any regions of the state with emissions checks has the process tied to the registration sticker, of which there is only one on the rear plate.
I thought those are years; sticker valid for 1 or 2 years respectively

Then it's that much more incorrect for WI. Are there any states with 2-year validations for regular vehicles?
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Re: License Plate News
« Reply #1232 on: February 13, 2020, 09:54:06 PM »

What are the x1 x2 columns supposed to indicate? Wisconsin has no inspection sticker. Any regions of the state with emissions checks has the process tied to the registration sticker, of which there is only one on the rear plate.
I thought those are years; sticker valid for 1 or 2 years respectively

Then it's that much more incorrect for WI. Are there any states with 2-year validations for regular vehicles?

Oregon, if I recall correctly. But the map would then be wrong for WA, as we require once-yearly registration.
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Re: License Plate News
« Reply #1233 on: February 13, 2020, 10:08:01 PM »

What are the x1 x2 columns supposed to indicate? Wisconsin has no inspection sticker. Any regions of the state with emissions checks has the process tied to the registration sticker, of which there is only one on the rear plate.
I thought those are years; sticker valid for 1 or 2 years respectively

Then it's that much more incorrect for WI. Are there any states with 2-year validations for regular vehicles?
Louisiana does https://www.dmv.org/la-louisiana/registration-renewal.php
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Re: License Plate News
« Reply #1234 on: February 14, 2020, 11:54:54 AM »


Then it's that much more incorrect for WI. Are there any states with 2-year validations for regular vehicles?

Massachusetts has 2-year validations for regular vehicles.

Ohio allows you to choose from 1 to 5 years upon renewal.  Most people do one year, which is the default if you don't specify.  I tend to do 3.  The only cost savings is the processing & postage, which, together, only add up to a few dollars/year.
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Re: License Plate News
« Reply #1235 on: February 14, 2020, 12:24:38 PM »

Damn. I really liked "Yours to Discover". Something really classy about it. The new motto seems like a rewording of that silly "Open for Business" slogan plastered on the welcome signs.

I drove by two of the new plates at dusk yesterday and couldn't even make out the numbers/letters since the blue background lights up from the headlights. I noticed this reddit thread on the plates this morning, and the top comment is someone complaining about the same issue :-D. Do they not test them out first?
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Re: License Plate News
« Reply #1236 on: February 14, 2020, 12:41:16 PM »

What are the x1 x2 columns supposed to indicate? Wisconsin has no inspection sticker. Any regions of the state with emissions checks has the process tied to the registration sticker, of which there is only one on the rear plate.
I thought those are years; sticker valid for 1 or 2 years respectively

Then it's that much more incorrect for WI. Are there any states with 2-year validations for regular vehicles?
NY is 2 years for registration but 1 year for inspection.
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Re: License Plate News
« Reply #1237 on: February 14, 2020, 12:59:27 PM »

I drove by two of the new plates at dusk yesterday and couldn't even make out the numbers/letters since the blue background lights up from the headlights. I noticed this reddit thread on the plates this morning, and the top comment is someone complaining about the same issue :-D. Do they not test them out first?
I would bet they're perfectly readable using an automatic license plate reader.  Watch the video in the reddit link.  The numbers show up quite nicely with a phone camera flash, and will do the same under infrared.
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Re: License Plate News
« Reply #1238 on: February 14, 2020, 02:51:56 PM »

Damn. I really liked "Yours to Discover". Something really classy about it. The new motto seems like a rewording of that silly "Open for Business" slogan plastered on the welcome signs.

I drove by two of the new plates at dusk yesterday and couldn't even make out the numbers/letters since the blue background lights up from the headlights. I noticed this reddit thread on the plates this morning, and the top comment is someone complaining about the same issue :-D. Do they not test them out first?

Haha, nice! It's one thing to not love the design and/or complain about the slogan, but another for the plate to have functional issues.

However, I may have jumped the gun on complaining about the slogan. That Reddit thread led me to the Expo 67 anthem, which started the "place to grow" lyrics:


I'm not keen on states trying to sell their themselves as places to do business (like the welcome signs), but I love the throwback slogan in this instance. Still prefer the old plate design!
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Re: License Plate News
« Reply #1239 on: February 14, 2020, 09:55:06 PM »

I'm not keen on states trying to sell their themselves as places to do business (like the welcome signs), but I love the throwback slogan in this instance. Still prefer the old plate design!

Yeah, our "Open for Business" welcome signs are pretty tacky! :pan:

I drove by two of the new plates at dusk yesterday and couldn't even make out the numbers/letters since the blue background lights up from the headlights. I noticed this reddit thread on the plates this morning, and the top comment is someone complaining about the same issue :-D. Do they not test them out first?
I would bet they're perfectly readable using an automatic license plate reader.  Watch the video in the reddit link.  The numbers show up quite nicely with a phone camera flash, and will do the same under infrared.

That's a fair point (and good to hear), but I still think it's a glaring issue that they're hard to see with the naked eye.
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Re: License Plate News
« Reply #1240 on: February 16, 2020, 04:34:48 PM »

Is Connecticut missing on those maps? Anyways, I don't think they put the expiration sticker on the plates here anymore. I still see plenty of cars with the front plates however. Mostly still of the gradient blue design, getting lighter as you move down.
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« Reply #1241 on: February 16, 2020, 05:53:19 PM »

Connecticut was blank because I think they did away with stickers altogether. No reason to clutter the make with null/blank data.

I was trying to develop an easier way to visualize this - again it was in draft state.

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Re: License Plate News
« Reply #1242 on: February 16, 2020, 08:52:23 PM »



This is incorrect for Utah, where expiration is indicated by a month and year sticker on the rear license plate only. Nothing goes on the windshield.


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« Reply #1243 on: February 17, 2020, 02:55:05 PM »

I know this maybe confusing, but it's a very complicated system. I was curious what each state was doing in terms of license plate registration and inspection stickers. You have states that are rear plate-only, some have stickers on the windshield, some on the front plate, some back, some both, etc. I made a half-assed attempt to visualize this. The purpose was to understand what everyone was doing. Hawaii was the most complicated and couldn't figure it out because it varies on a number of factors.

States have removed or reduced sticker requirements to save money, and this was to sort of demonstrate an incentive for other states to do that too.



So what does the color for Nevada mean, which is also used for several other states? If it's "1 sticker on rear plate", that color doesn't match what's in the key...
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Re: License Plate News
« Reply #1244 on: February 17, 2020, 03:18:28 PM »

So what does the color for Nevada mean, which is also used for several other states? If it's "1 sticker on rear plate", that color doesn't match what's in the key...

It's not a perfect match, but it's definitely "1 sticker, rear plate", especially as it matches what I already know about those states.

I'm guessing he changed the color of the key last-second, but didn't change the map colors.
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« Reply #1245 on: February 17, 2020, 05:03:41 PM »

I thought it meant "only one sticker, only on the rear plate".  Whereas it not being purple means they don't have front plates there.
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Re: License Plate News
« Reply #1246 on: February 18, 2020, 04:13:36 AM »

I thought it meant "only one sticker, only on the rear plate".  Whereas it not being purple means they don't have front plates there.

You mean, "not being purple means they have front plates there"?
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« Reply #1247 on: February 18, 2020, 06:55:03 AM »

I love being purple!
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« Reply #1248 on: February 18, 2020, 01:35:29 PM »


I thought it meant "only one sticker, only on the rear plate".  Whereas it not being purple means they don't have front plates there.

You mean, "not being purple means they have front plates there"?

That's the way I interpret the key, yes.
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« Reply #1249 on: February 18, 2020, 01:38:48 PM »

I thought it meant "only one sticker, only on the rear plate".  Whereas it not being purple means they don't have front plates there.
You mean, "not being purple means they have front plates there"?
That's the way I interpret the key, yes.

I think it's the opposite. White, i.e. snow covered, states (hey... that actually works... almost!), have to have a front plate.
I'm sure NY does.
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