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Eric Hammersley <insert impressive list of technology to blog about here>

Ok, I live in Indiana and while I love my state and the people in it I am constantly amazed at how many people get this wrong.  Take the standard Indiana car plate below.

Indiana Car Plate

Now, when this plate is issued it has a sticker on the top left corner (not shown) of the month of expiration.  It’s just a color coded sticker with the 2 digit month and day it expires on each year, mines says 05–15.  On the right hand side you see the 2 digit year, in the case above you see 05.  Now… here’s where it gets so very tricky.

Let’s say it is March of 2005 and time for you to renew your plate.  You go to the license branch, pay your fees and walk out with a new registration for the coming year.  Attached to this registration is a sticker color coded for that year.  This year the 06 stickers are gold.  You are to place this sticker on your license plate to show it is valid for the next year.  Here comes the tricky part… you ready?

Where on the plate do you place the new YEAR sticker?  The sticker just says 06, is color coded for that year and has your plate number in small letters for security reasons.  Where on earth could this sticker go?  Should it go over the top of the month and day of expiration each year, 05–15 for example, or should it go over the top of the year or in the case of a renewal this year over the 05?

If you answered, “It goes over the past years sticker or 05 in your example” then you are correct and severely in the minority.  Most people, believe it or not, place this sticker over the expiration month and day and not over the previous year.  At that point you can no longer tell what month their plate expires, only what year.  If you want to get really technical it is called Improper Registration and it is worthy of a ticket, as well it should be!

On average, over the course of a 15 minute trip during daylight hours on a major Indiana highway you will find that more than 50% of the total vehicles have this mistake.  What on earth could cause such an error in deduction?  One could argue that since such a large number of people make this mistake it should be addressed on a statewide level.  Perhaps instructions on the registration as to where the sticker goes would help?  If you ask me most people still wouldn’t get it right.  If you can’t figure out that the new YEAR sticker goes over the top of the old YEAR sticker then I’m not sure instructions will help you.

Posted on Sunday, July 24, 2005 12:31 PM Miscellaneous | Back to top


Comments on this post: Rant - Expiration stickers on your license plate (Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out)

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I laughed when I read your post...I live in Missouri and people here do the same thing. What's worse is that we have a month sticker that uses an abbreviation, like "JUN" or "AUG" (rather than numbers). Why on earth would someone place an "06" sticker over "JUN" rather than over the "05" sticker? The old Missouri license plates had one sticker with the month and year on it that was placed in the middle of the license plate. After the newer Missouri plates were out for awhile, people gave up on trying to figure out whether the new year sticker should go over the month or year and started placing it in the middle of the plate - just like we did for the old-style plates. How's that for ingenuity? (Of course, there were also problems with people who had license plate covers that covered up the corner stickers). Now you can see license plates with a month sticker in the upper left corner, an old "02" or "03" sticker in the upper right corner, and a new "06" or "07" sticker in the middle. If you get new plates from the license bureau, they'll even put the sticker in the middle for you. It's amazing how something so simple can apparently be so confusing to so many people. I guess two stickers is just one too many.
Left by Glenn on Jul 25, 2005 8:23 AM

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I don't know if this should make me happy or very sad. I guess I'm glad it's not just the fine people of Indiana who have this problem.

I love the solution they came up with for the Missouri plates. Can't figure it out... just put it in the middle. Funny stuff indeed. I too am amazed that even with a month sticker of all letters, like JUN, they still can't figure it out. It was just last year they changed it to numbers for the month here. It used to be all letters for us as well but alas it made no difference, they did the same thing.

I'm glad you found the humor in this. There's no understanding it...
Left by Eric Hammersley on Jul 25, 2005 11:21 AM

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What about those people who put the year stickers all over the plate because, for some reason, they don't want to cover the previous year sticker.
I used to live in Arizona and this was a big thing there. I even saw a plate with so many year stickers on it the guy had started putting the stickers on the bumper. No kidding.

Can someone please help me understand why people do this.
It's always an elderly person driving too.
Left by Rob on Nov 28, 2007 2:28 PM

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From what I understand, Missouri moved the stickers from the corners to the middle of the plate because people were cutting off the corners of the plate to steal the renewal stickers.
Left by Chuck Jordan on Feb 07, 2008 11:50 PM

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lol - Now that is state government at work.
Left by Eric Hammersley on Feb 08, 2008 6:36 PM

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I was compelled to research this matter and even a consumate skeptic didn't imagine the problem was the BRAIN DEAD morons who inhabit this planet.

THE SOLUTION: anyone who proves incapable of determing where the renewal stickers should be situated has established they are TOO ignorant to be on the roads.

Revoke their license .................and prevent them from breeding.

Left by Razzputinn on Sep 22, 2008 1:40 PM

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I just got mine the new sticker is gold with the number 10.
My old sticker was printed with 03-21, the due date.
o, I understand why people are asking where to put his new
sticker.
Left by Valerie Cole on Mar 21, 2009 9:26 AM

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