Effective 12/31/16, PennDOT will no longer issue Vehicle Registration stickers
Why is PennDOT going to stop issuing registration stickers?
Act 89, signed into law in November 2013, provided for the elimination of vehicle registration stickers. When registration stickers are eliminated, customers can still renew via mail, however, they will also be able to enjoy the convenience of paying their registration fee online from home or a mobile device, printing and signing a permanent registration credential and going about their business without waiting for delivery by mail.
Do I still have to register my vehicle?
Yes; Act 89 merely eliminated the need to place a registration sticker on your license plate effective December 31, 2016.
How much money will be saved by not issuing the stickers?
The elimination of the registration sticker will realize a cost savings to the commonwealth in excess of $1 million per year.
How will law enforcement know my car is registered?
Law enforcement agencies have real-time electronic access to PennDOT’s database to verify a vehicle’s registration. You are still required to maintain a valid and current registration card and present it to law enforcement when asked. Also, the valid and current registration card must still be presented at safety inspections.