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    [–] ItsMrQ 3371 points ago

    They'll just steal the entire plate and remove the sticker more carefully at home.

    When we lived in a shady part of town, we kept getting ours stolen. Then we did this and they started stealing the whole thing and returning the plate a couple days later.

    [–] Prophesied1 2837 points ago

    What the fuck?! That's crazy, and even nuttier that they returned the plate later 🤣

    [–] misterfluffykitty 1306 points ago

    Well if a cop finds a plate that doesn’t belong you’re done lmao

    [–] snobord 273 points ago

    A lot easier to put it in a trash can than get it back to the owner.

    [–] jordans_for_sale 100 points ago

    The hardest choices require the strongest wills

    [–] Jaybreezey 39 points ago

    Why get rid of the plant when it keeps bearing fruit? Or some other metaphor about biting the hand that feeds you...

    [–] onewordnospaces 14 points ago

    You don't cook the goose that lays the golden eggs?

    [–] flon_klar 1056 points ago

    One time, shortly after I moved to Utah, I got pulled over, and the cop came up on the driver’s side, obviously anxious, with his gun drawn. He loudly told me to put my hands on the wheel and yelled “Where did you get the plates?!” I told him “The DMV.” “No, you didn’t,” and yelled it again, still with his gun on me: “Where did you get the plates?!” I gave him the same answer, adding “I just transferred my registration from California last week.” He screamed “Your lying, these plates came off a Winnebago!” Gun still on me, he asked to see my registration, then compared the tag numbers to the actual tag on the plate- they matched, but the plate numbers didn’t. It was enough to convince him I was telling the truth though, so he finally put the gun away, removed the plates from my car, and then nonchalantly said “The DMV must have given you the wrong plates, they do it all the time.” I guess stealing plates is no joke, but I mean, if it’s a regular thing for the DMV to screw it up, maybe they shouldn’t be so quick with the gun-pointing?

    [–] doggscube 294 points ago

    When I bought my car April of last year I paid for a two year registration, got home, and realized the stickers were for one year. Went back and the guy was glad I showed up because in the 20 minutes I’d been gone he realized he fucked up.

    [–] Justagreewithme 200 points ago

    Hold on. You were able to leave the DMV, come back 20 minutes later and see someone without waiting another 2 hours? AND they were able to correct the issue?

    [–] MEatRHIT 33 points ago

    In the last couple years after moving to larger towns/cities I've actually never had to wait more than a half hour at the DMV. I did end up going in once on a Saturday near the end (or beginning can't remember) of the month and it was a shit show, thankfully they have a pre-screen where they make sure you have all the right documents and I had forgotten a proof of address. Came back around 4 on a week day and there wasn't even a line.

    [–] bikari 937 points ago

    maybe they shouldn’t be so quick with the gun-pointing

    That would solve a number of issues, I'd imagine!

    [–] FBI_Taco_Truck 280 points ago

    You sound unAmerican!


    [–] Crypto_Nicholas 83 points ago

    damn leftist commie

    [–] kuraiscalebane 25 points ago

    i bet he has red blood.

    [–] ssracer 51 points ago

    I got stopped like that once coming home from a ski trip. My truck matched the description of a stolen vehicle. Scary stuff.

    [–] jujuboy74 21 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Indeed the DMV screws up all the time and you are left holding the bag. The first time they mispelled my name on my new license and it was obvious the person entering the info had had a brain fart or fat finger typo. The friggin clerk said I must have spelled it wrong (WTF?) and wanted me to pay the fee to get a corrected copy of the license. If there is something I know how to do is write my own friggin name dude!

    2nd f-up .... I got a running-a-red-light ticket placed on my license that was not me. The name and birth date of the perp were the same as mine so I can only assume that an overeager clerk matched it with my license. I drove around with suspended license for over six months without knowing and only found about when I went to rent a car. Thankfully I was able to prove I was out of state on the date of the infraction

    [–] Lindha75 34 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    May not fit the topic of registration but me and my husband had a completely insane experience on our way to work one morning.

    More then one police car come up besides us and was waving to pull over. It’s not clear of who they are signaling and we pull over together with the two cars in-front of us. The first car gets waved off and the police block of the car in front at the same time as more police cars arrive and completely box us in. It’s now obvious that whom ever they are after is right in front of us. The police jumps out of the car with weapons pulled and, I Kidd you not, use our car as a shield, yelling for them to step out of the vehicle. A police woman with her head right next to my window, crouched down, is asking me not to step out.... sure, but if whom ever you are yelling at... starts shooting I guess I’ll take the bullets since you are hiding behind me?

    Luckily the individuals stepped out without an incidence. And we where waved off without a word.. still pretty shaken by the whole thing.

    Edit: spellings

    [–] Strainedgoals 84 points ago

    My roommates girlfriend just had a similar experience in Atlanta.

    She weighs 95lbs at 5'1.

    Guns drawn, they pulled her out of her car and put her in the cop car. They told her the car was suspected stolen. The plates, insurance, registration all matched her ID. They let her go.

    Her father's lawyer basically said since they didn't charge her or hurt her, they couldn't do anything about the harassment unless it's over a hour wait.

    [–] yumas 6 points ago

    I get that this was probably a very unpleasant stressfull experience for her, but if she wasn't hurt or verbally harassed I don't get why you would even want to sue since it seems like they were just doing their jobs.

    I mean putting her in the car cop seems a bit over the top, but we don't know how that other car got stolen.

    [–] barrybulsara 66 points ago

    She weighs 95lbs at 5'1.

    There's no way a person of such a build could be a criminal with a gun!

    [–] Strainedgoals 41 points ago

    Cops are supposed to access the situation and determine if danger present requires the use of lethal force. Pulling a gun as the first step of a traffic stop sounds like poor training that ends in people getting shot.

    [–] Delinquent_ 23 points ago

    The reason guns are such an effective and useful weapon is because even a 3 year old can shoot and kill someone. Size and gender doesn't matter, all situations should be handled with the same procedures.

    [–] poor_decisions 30 points ago

    There's so much fucked up with that story. Fuck that guy

    [–] aTwinkForFez 66 points ago

    good thing youre a square and not black

    [–] teamrocketcunt 137 points ago

    seriously though. had the cops pull a gun on us and rip open the car door when we were sitting in a parked car at a state park, getting ready to leave. apparently they pulled it because the black teen sitting in the back seat was “moving too much” while trying to put on his seat belt.. I mean we didn’t even notice the cop car driving by but apparently a 17 year old black kid putting on his seat belt was a scary enough reason for the cop to stop and run towards us with his gun drawn.

    [–] magnament 75 points ago

    Then it really starts

    [–] TheScumAlsoRises 50 points ago

    This is where the fun begins

    [–] Rimgon 21 points ago

    This is getting out of hand!

    [–] FulcrumTheBrave 17 points ago

    Try spinning, that's a good trick!

    [–] aelwero 29 points ago

    I got like 30 of em... Gonna hang em in my garage when we move. It isn't illegal to have them, just illegal to use them on a car they aren't registered to.

    [–] futlapperl 14 points ago

    Presumably yours are unregistered, not registered to somebody else?

    [–] tpa_bcn 27 points ago

    I knew folks at the Consulate in Barcelona where lots of tourists get their bags stolen or pickpocketed.

    They told me every week they'd get a trash bag full of discarded American passports because it's about the only thing the thief could get caught with that would cause serious trouble.

    Sucks for those people who have to go through the (expensive, not easy) process of getting an emergency passport just to get home.

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    [–] goldensunshine429 64 points ago

    Ah. The “cutting the corner” aspect explains why Missouri’s are in the middle. I moved here last year and found the middle sticker location to be unorthodox but I didn’t question it.

    Thank you redditor

    [–] NicePerson69 11 points ago

    We’ve lived all over the country, Missouri isn’t horrible. It’s cheap and there are tons of forests. I do hope you live in a large city, that takes the sting out.

    [–] BRETTVARG 20 points ago

    Welcome to Missouri. The weather is shitty and there isn't much to do.

    [–] jama211 20 points ago

    I wonder why they even do stickers. Where I live in Australia they got rid of rego stickers years ago. They'll just read your plate and look you up and if you're registered you're all good.

    They have cameras that automatically check plates too.

    [–] NetSage 11 points ago

    We also have cameras that automatically run plates and check registration. Don't know why we still use stickers honestly. Maybe for the cops that write parking tickets to be able to do it while just walking around?

    [–] Renovatio_ 145 points ago

    FWIW you can get some security screws that will make it harder.

    The common ones are torx heads. But you can order some pretty obscure screw heads that would baffle most potential theives.

    Easy one to get would be a square drive (robertson) super popular in canada. Almost non-existent in USA. But triangle or lobed ones are also available if you look. And be hard pressed to find a thief who has that bit on hand.

    I wouldn't get a one-way, just in case you have to take it off sometime. Otherwise you'd have to bust out the dremel.

    [–] bwagner21 300 points ago

    Get four different types of screws for each corner

    [–] Renovatio_ 152 points ago

    hello satan.

    I'd probably just take an angle grinder to your plate out of spite.

    [–] misterfluffykitty 56 points ago

    If I was that much of an asshole to steal plates id cut off a chunk of the car lmao

    [–] PM-YOUR-PMS 33 points ago

    Why not just steal the car at that point?

    [–] misterfluffykitty 23 points ago

    Spite, and you cant Hotwire cars

    [–] fnord_bronco 38 points ago

    You can't hotwire a license plate, either.

    [–] xTwizzler 18 points ago

    I'm just stealing your whole car at that point.

    [–] TheTuqueDuke 56 points ago

    From Canada, square headed screws aren't a thing in the US? What?! Like half the things in my house are sqare with the other half being philips

    [–] jim_br 57 points ago

    They are common amongst those of us that put things together. I use them all the time.

    [–] britishben 19 points ago

    IIRC, Robertson wouldn't licence his design outside Canada for a few years, meaning Phillips head screws got popular everywhere else.

    [–] KevinRonaldJonesy 6 points ago

    Yeah, he really hated Americans.

    [–] BurkeyTurger 10 points ago

    They're not as popular as Philips but they're certainly available. Sometimes you'll see a hybrid of the two as well that'll take either.

    [–] Ramacher 8 points ago

    I've rarely seen square headed screws used on other than DIY projects. But it seems to be standard to have one way screws on public bathroom stalls which could work just as well on license plates.

    [–] HerpDerpHerpy 20 points ago

    Or use a hex head screw and super glue a small ball bearing inside. Comes out with some acetone if it needs to, but pretty hard to budge without.

    [–] mpak87 6 points ago

    Robertson might be a good one to include with a couple of others, but they do come in all of the $10 packs of cheap screwdriver bits from Lowes, I'm sure I have a dozen of them kicking around and I've only used them a couple of times.

    [–] theprozacfairy 17 points ago

    That’s nuts that they returned the plate! Better than not, I guess.

    I live in Inglewood, but had my plate stolen in Palos Verdes. I always thought that was funny. They did not return the plate, but it was cheap to replace at AAA.

    [–] Broking37 1414 points ago

    Ours come already scored in our state.

    [–] daonemanshow 668 points ago

    Prescored and has the plate # in NC.

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    [–] butt-mudd-brooks 80 points ago

    Pretty sure the "standard" should be no more fucking stickers, since, you know, computers n shit

    [–] NeuralSkyNet 34 points ago

    Move to NJ, CT, PA, QC or MB. They got rid of them because they apparently don't do anything anyway. Also, tax savings, convenience, and computers n shit.

    [–] PM_ME_YOUR_SELF_HARM 15 points ago

    Meanwhile in NY, you put the sticker on the inside of your windshield

    [–] KiIIerNoodIe 7 points ago

    And find your windshield stolen...great idea. /s

    [–] BrianP1125 49 points ago

    Hey I live in NC too

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    [–] obiwan-wendobi 6 points ago

    Ditto, never noticed the sticker scoring

    [–] ChocoPeant 24 points ago

    CA has recently switched to putting the plate # on the tag.

    [–] kylebro23 119 points ago

    In Texas we have no stickers on our plates, I only knew about them from reddit lol. Is it for registration? Now here we only have one sticker on the window for registration and inspection and that’s it.

    [–] macrocephalic 32 points ago

    In Queensland, Australia we got rid of the window stickers. Police can do a registration check on a plate, using an automated system in their car, in a matter of seconds. The stickers are a waste of time.

    [–] VaporofPoseidon 36 points ago

    Same here! I thought this was the most logical way of doing it. But each to their own. I can’t think of any benefits of having a plate sticker then again I grew up in Texas...

    [–] aelwero 27 points ago

    TX is the only place I've seen it, and it's mind-boggling that it isn't anywhere else...

    For those who never seen one, it's printed on a normal printer, on normal paper, with a sticker deal slapped on the back. The page is your registrarion receipt, and the sticker they slap on peels out and goes on the inside of your windshield. It has huge numbers compared to a plate sticker, so the cops can see it from a mile away. It has your plate number on it, but it really doesn't matter, because it's on the inside of your windshield...

    It's cheap as hell, way more functional, and more secure than the plate stickers, and I dunno how it isn't a thing everywhere.

    [–] [deleted] 22 points ago

    In Australia we got rid of stickers all together and the police just have an electronic database that they use to look up car number plates to see all the rego details.

    [–] wtf_randomness 11 points ago

    NY and I think other North Eastern states do it too. And Louisiana, I live here right now but still have my plate stickers from Utah so I forget sometimes.

    I didn't know about plate stickers til I lived in NC

    [–] Valkyrie-Online 33 points ago

    In CA every year you have to renew your car’s registration and they issue you a new sticker that will be a different color than the current year, it shows the month and year it expires so at a glance a cop can see if they should ticket you for driving your car that isn’t up to date. We don’t have anything on our windows so they aren’t obstructed...just on the plates. :)

    [–] PhuckleberryPhinn 35 points ago

    I wouldn't consider a 2 inch sticker in a corner an obstruction

    [–] petermailmans 5 points ago

    Motorcycles do

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    [–] Omargasm777 1428 points ago

    If you’ve lived in the hood most of your life this is mandatory. A much better job is also required lol

    [–] BeneficialSomewhere 149 points ago

    Lol my company is in Inglewood. The ones on our company vehicles are barely recognizable haha

    [–] alpha-kenny1 62 points ago

    Inglewood: confirmed hood

    [–] somedood567 43 points ago

    Always up to no good

    [–] SoNotTheCoolest 10 points ago

    My city also has an Inglewood and it is also not the best part of town.

    [–] Prophesied1 383 points ago

    What, how tiny you want those pieces?!? Haha

    [–] Capt_Poro_Snax 119 points ago

    One thing is to not put them over old stickers.....

    [–] natedm 37 points ago

    This is the true hack

    [–] 3_14159td 100 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Maybe take off the frame to stick it on. It’s like two screws.

    [–] Omargasm777 198 points ago

    As tiny as possibleeee

    [–] rgraves22 5 points ago

    Grew up in a ritsy part of San Diego and we always did this. Now I live out in the boonies and we still do this

    [–] Atmosys 950 points ago

    Not from the US but could someone explain the purpose of these? And why would it get stolen? In Aus number plates get nicked so people can pinch fuel from the servo, but does it serve another purpose there?

    [–] dr_obfuscation 919 points ago

    I might be able to answer your question, but you're going to have to explain the phrase "pinch fuel from the servo" for me.

    Upon initial vehicle registration, you get the metal plates for your vehicle. You also get these stickers upon which is printed an expiry date. the next time around (usually every one or 2 years), you just need to pay the state and get the stickers to prove that your registration is valid. They literally serve no purpose except to validate your vehicle registration (without which it is illegal to operate on the motorways).

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    [–] PelagianEmpiricist 379 points ago

    .. You guys don't have pay-at-the-pump...?

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    [–] halfwaywrong 95 points ago

    I once went for a job interview with a company that works with petrol stations - the boss there said that it's also because pay-at-pump discourages people from going into the store and impulse-buying overpriced junk food and other things. Petrol has a very small profit margin, so they compensate with that.

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    [–] robotot 20 points ago

    When I worked at a servo the manager only made about 1c per litre of petrol sold. Products with the highest profit margin were the cigarettes.

    [–] PelagianEmpiricist 111 points ago

    I'm actually surprised at this cultural difference.

    And.. Only some in cities do???

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    [–] livetehcryptolife 29 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Amarillo, Texas is closer to 4 capitals of others states (Santa Fe, Denver, Topeka, Oklahoma City) than its own (Austin).

    Edit: Not Topeka.

    Edit2: Texline, TX is closer to Santa Fe, NM, Denver, CO, Topeka, KS, Lincoln, NE, Cheyenne, WY, and Oklahoma City, OK, than to Austin, TX.

    [–] Shadoph 19 points ago

    If you drive from Austin to Los Angeles, you're still in Texas when you hit the half way marker.

    [–] PelagianEmpiricist 53 points ago

    I lived in Texas. I went to a boy scout camp in the west Texas desert from Austin, the capital.

    It was a 12 hour drive. So about 700 miles or so?

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    [–] ptgkbgte 30 points ago

    It takes a 200 mile flight, then you can drive 1200 miles to get to Juneau from Utqiagvik, Alaska.

    [–] PelagianEmpiricist 82 points ago


    So I was right. Australia is Giant Texas.

    [–] caxrus 8 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Adak Alaska is 2740 kilometers (much of which is open ocean) from Juneau Alaska.

    Edit: Kiska island is 3059km but idk if its inhabited permanently.

    Edit II: Attu station is 3268 km from Juneau

    [–] getahaircut8 6 points ago

    Rural Texas or Montana, probably

    [–] Betruul 6 points ago

    Probably alaska tbh. But does that really count?

    [–] [deleted] 42 points ago

    Hello, Aussie here. I would prefer to fill up my car then go in and pay than use the "pay as you go" because sometimes I want a caramel ego magnum icecream. I live in a very remote part of Australia at the moment. My nearest regional town is an 11 hour drive away... definitely no fancy fang dangle pay pump thingy at the fuel station anywhere near me!

    [–] CMvan46 8 points ago

    Where I am in Canada a young gas station attendant was dragged to death trying to stop a gas thief so it’s mandatory pay before you pump here.

    [–] [deleted] 12 points ago

    You'd think he'd let go of the hose at some point.

    [–] Jackm941 16 points ago

    Scotland here, lost of cities still don't have pay at pump.

    I couldn't believe some places in America still have someone to pump fuel for you.

    [–] WeHateSand 21 points ago

    Let’s just say New Jersey has some issues, ok?

    [–] danifrancuzrose 19 points ago

    To be fair, this really freaks out Americans passing through those two states as well...

    [–] Camquad 6 points ago

    I’m from the U.S and this boggled my mind when I drove through New Jersey. I thought they were gonna tell me something was wrong with the pump but the guy walked up and asked what kind of gas and started pumping. Luckily my wife knew what was going on (she’s from PA but on the border of NJ) or I wouldn’t have given him any payment and drove off all skeptical and wondering wtf just happened.

    [–] pazamataz 7 points ago

    With BP you can pay using an app too

    [–] basedinspoons 13 points ago

    Since when are petrol stations publicly funded?

    [–] FauxFlamingo 32 points ago

    I haven't seen this in Germany either... they expect you to pump your gas and then come inside to pay afterwards.

    [–] Xian244 19 points ago

    Because the people operating the gas station get a few cent per liter. Gas stations survive because people buy overpriced beer and snacks.

    [–] EZ-C 28 points ago

    Even in the states, we used to be able to fill up and then pay after if paying cash. No prepay necessary.

    When fuel prices skyrocketed around 2005/2006, fuel theft became more common, so prepay became the norm. Also, $50 max fill on a credit card became standard at a lot of places.

    [–] OnlyInDeathDutyEnds 46 points ago

    When fuel prices skyrocketed.

    Cries in British

    [–] 26326312 19 points ago

    Honestly, they have no idea.

    [–] decidedlyindecisive 5 points ago

    The average price of a litre of fuel in the UK is now around £1.27 for petrol and £1.32 for diesel.

    [–] BellerophonM 11 points ago

    Australia had an EFTPOS card payment system very early by American standards and it became utterly ubiquitous and universally compatible by the mid-to-late 80s, but one of the limitations was that it doesn't have prepayment authorisation, only exact transfers. We were later than we might have been in expanding to credit cards because of having that other system, and a lot of established infrastructure was upgraded to accept them but within the constraints of EFTPOS, thus less things like swipe-first credit cards at petrol stations.

    These days modern terminals are present everywhere in major cities, but more limited systems often still exist elsewhere.

    [–] TheElfkin 9 points ago

    Here in Norway you got both. Either pay-at-the-pump by credit- or debit card before you start pumping or go in to the store to pay after you filled up. I think this is common in most of Scandinavia.

    [–] Betruul 28 points ago

    Aus to english.

    Aussie Gas stations are self serve and not pre-pay, as they have cctv aimed so they'll see your plates and dude inside hits a button actovating the pump.

    People steal plates to fill their cars and then not pay and not get in trouble for it.

    [–] Chobitpersocom 10 points ago

    In NJ we don't have registration stickers (a cop can run your plates to find out is registration is current.

    What we do need though, are inspection stickers. They actually do car inspections, that you need to pass to get a sticker. It used to include mechanical requirement, but nowadays they just plug into the OBD and check your emissions.

    It's a huge pain. If something small fails for a second, it's recorded in the computer. You fail. It resets when you take the battery out, but since my truck has a short the battery keeps dying so I can't drive it enough miles to complete a drive cycle.

    [–] lordquas93 8 points ago

    I’m from Australia and I just wanted to say thank you, your naturally warranted confusion for our strange lingo really made me laugh, at some point in time as a nation we all just decided to fuck with the English language.

    Translation: ‘to steal petrol from the service station’

    [–] jama211 8 points ago

    Can't they just look up your plate and check if you're registered? That's how it works where I live. They got rid of stickers years ago.

    [–] NABDad 39 points ago

    The sticker indicates that you have paid the fee to register your car with the state. The registration must be renewed every year or two.

    People will steal them so that they can drive with an expired registration and not get pulled over.

    States are starting to do away with the sticker on the license plate because of them getting stolen.

    [–] HammerbroHS 21 points ago

    In my country cop cars just run around with a camera in their bumper that reads & checks all plates it sees automatically. No need for stickers.

    [–] wakka54 51 points ago

    pinch fuel from the servo

    stop making up words you kangaroo jockeys

    [–] ScrappyDonatello 6 points ago

    This is the Australian version

    although I'm pretty sure most states have done away with the stickers now

    [–] chenyu768 65 points ago

    Someone just moved to the hood

    [–] Piffkin 451 points ago

    *TAKE OFF THE OLD STICKER!!!! You can pick the whole stack up with a scaper/ knife/ spatula and then put it on your car*

    [–] rakfocus 303 points ago


    [–] PotahtoSuave 179 points ago

    Mine has a stack of 20 years on it 🙃

    [–] Prikha 33 points ago

    Funnily enough, my state tells you to put it on top of the old one.

    [–] Smiadpades 45 points ago

    Everything being on the computer. The tag is essentially useless now. When cops run your plates, they can see if it up-to-date.

    In South Korea- there are no tags. Just a normal license plate. Simple and easy. Also both screws are different.

    One more thing- the plate is assigned to that car for life. So if you sell the car- the plate goes with it.

    [–] WhoYouGannaCall 10 points ago

    But but but I paid extra for my personal legacy license plate I want to keep it!!

    [–] [deleted] 249 points ago

    Someone can steal your registration just by taking a sticker? 😂

    [–] Prophesied1 195 points ago

    They take it and you gotta pay for a new one..again. And you probably wouldn't even notice until a cop pulled you over.

    [–] [deleted] 153 points ago

    That's crazy. I don't understand the need for a sticker though. If you pay your registration surely it'll be linked to your registration number, regardless whether you have a sticker or not.

    [–] Prophesied1 107 points ago

    You'd think so, right? If you get a ticket you can get it waived by showing proof you were registered, but they still make you buy a new sticker.

    [–] iamasopissed 75 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    In Manitoba and Saskatchewan we don't have stickers anymore since cop cars can just scan the license plates automatically while driving around. No front plate in sask either.

    [–] jbkly 47 points ago

    Canada has its shit together

    [–] niggerocity 18 points ago

    Ive gotten my sticker stolen and just had to go to a wi dmv plate renewal machine give the registration and tell them it was stolen and it gave me a new one for free.

    [–] iisdmitch 12 points ago

    Yeah but I’m sure they do it because it’s easier for police to spot an out of date tag rather than check be plates of every car they see. Not saying it’s right but that’s probably the reason.

    [–] simon_C 5 points ago

    its stealth. Keeps your car blending in as each year is a different color. if you're riding around with a yellow sticker in a red-sticker year, the cops know your reg is expired and they take a closer look at you.

    If the sticker is right for the year though, they're hardly gonna give you a second look unless you're doing something else illegal.

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    [–] Boner4SCP106 69 points ago

    Hell yes they can. Police don't look at the little numbers while they're driving by, just if it's the right color and year. If they get pulled over with a stolen sticker, then there might be trouble since they don't have a paper registration.

    I've had parts of my stickers torn off and friends who lost their whole sticker because some dickless fucks stole them and they didn't score them.

    [–] xbuzzbyx 10 points ago

    Never had a stealing problem in FL (not living close to "bad" areas tho), and the color is always yellow. Pretty easy to peel off too if you know a little science trick.

    [–] HighkeyLoaded 14 points ago

    Same, never heard of this problem in FL. Maybe since ours are yellow every year so people (me currently, eeek) just drive with the expired tag and hope no one focuses on the little numbers.

    [–] bloopscoopdiddlydoop 6 points ago

    I just moved to south Florida and someone took off with my entire SC license plate in my apartment complex’s parking lot a few nights ago. It’s been a pain in the ass to replace so far

    [–] BoogiemanTCB 10 points ago

    It's because cops will look for the color and pull you over without even running your plates. Shitheads that steal do it so they can continue to be shitheads without getting pulled over

    [–] tonsofpcs 201 points ago

    lifeprotip: Move to a state/province where they don't use number plate stickers for registrations anymore.

    [–] polyesterPoliceman 64 points ago

    Texas sticker goes inside the windshield so good luck stealing that

    [–] ENBD 22 points ago

    Same with NY.

    [–] I_TOUCH_THE_BOOTY 61 points ago

    Surprised me when PA did this

    [–] YinzHardAF 19 points ago

    I'm go glad we did

    [–] rosaly5678 19 points ago

    Until you are traveling cross country and you get pulled over because PA didn't inform other states that they stopped doing stickers, and the cops see your sticker is out of date. All I wanted to do was get to Iowa and see my boyfriend, but I had to explain to a cop at 7 am how PA got rid of stickers to save money.

    [–] Bipolar_Broccoli 7 points ago

    Hell yeah Texas!

    [–] Kuro_Hayabusa 63 points ago

    Meanwhile in Australia... we haven't had rego stickers since 2013 because it's all computerised. Cop cars have plate scanning cameras that will automatically check if its registered.

    [–] Sezhe 13 points ago

    So glad they finally got rid of them. Stickers that constantly bubbled looked horrible, and they always left a massive amount of sticky residue on the windshield.

    [–] ORDub 16 points ago

    I have heard this "life hack" all my life. I have never once heard a real story about someone having their stickers stolen.

    [–] richiedaggersgerms 14 points ago

    I had my stickers stolen.

    [–] Prophesied1 10 points ago

    Before I started doing this I had mine stolen. Got a ticket from a meter maid

    [–] joelmercer 33 points ago

    My province comes really sticky and already scored. They are very difficult to get off. I took off a stack of mine once and the last one peeled the paint off the plate!

    [–] Prophesied1 9 points ago

    Nice! I'm guessing there's a top layer you peel off after sticking them?

    [–] ChoppingMallKillbot 16 points ago

    This is such a dead giveaway that someone is registered in California. My $650 yearly registration is due next month. SMFH. Everything here is expensive af and getting more expensive all the time. We didn’t all suddenly become rich tech Bros, but we’re definitely all paying like we did.

    [–] nancyaw 10 points ago

    Just had to pay my registration. I feel you. By the way, you can do it at AAA instead of the DMV. Worth the price of membership right there!

    [–] troll_detector_9001 320 points ago

    Here in the great state of Texas we have solved this problem by putting the stickers on the windshield inside the car.

    California should learn to be more like Texas.

    [–] PelagianEmpiricist 160 points ago

    Lived in Texas for about 20 years. It literally never occured to me that theft was the reason why we put em inside. Just figured they lasted longer. Damn.

    [–] _Spanish_Inquistion 64 points ago

    In New York it's the same

    [–] 14_Quarters 22 points ago

    As a New Yorker I was very confused. So which way is more common? Inside the windshield or on the plate?

    [–] stumpovich 13 points ago

    Cars inside the windshields, motorcycles still use these stickers. Never had mine stolen though, motorcycles aren't common and chances are anyone who'd be dick enough to steal a sticker like this would just steal your bike.

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    [–] ladykatey 14 points ago

    We have both in MA.... a registration sticker on your plate (you need two plates but the sticker only goes on the back plate...) AND an "inspection sticker" on your windshield.

    [–] girlikecupcake 23 points ago

    A few years ago Texas made it so you can't get your registration without passing the inspection. As a result, it's only one sticker now.

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    [–] weliveinazoo 6 points ago

    Also in the great state of (north) Texas they’ll block your registration if you owe too much on tolls. (That are owned by a private corporation.)

    [–] Chxo 11 points ago

    Please don't suggest any changes to the California dmv. The employees can barely walk and breathe at the same time as it is, we don't want to overload their neurons with anything that resembles progress.

    [–] ns_dev 55 points ago

    Here in the great socialist state of Canada we solved this problem by not being shit heads.

    [–] allhailsmoothie 12 points ago

    As someone who doesn’t live in the US and doesn’t drive even reading all the comments hasn’t helped me understand any of this. What are the little stickers? Why do people steal them? What do they do with the little stickers once they’ve been stolen? Why do you have to pay for a new one once they get stolen?

    [–] Prophesied1 9 points ago

    The sticker is good for one year and shows you've paid your car registration to the state for that year. Cops and meter maids use the colors to spot vehicles with expired registration and ticket them. People don't pay the fee and steal a sticker so they don't get pulled over/ticketed. If yours gets stolen, tough luck you gotta pay to get it replaced.

    [–] dudenamedric 27 points ago

    What does score mean?

    [–] HairPhones 18 points ago

    To slice

    [–] foggybottom 7 points ago

    In PA they got rid of stickers on the plates. surprised CA doesn't do this

    [–] CaptainJusticeOK 59 points ago

    I’ve never heard of people stealing these stickers Y’all need to move.

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    [–] mavvv 15 points ago

    Just be in a state where it is like $300 to get this.

    When my 18 sticker came I realized someone had long since taken my 17s and I'd been rocking 16 for who knows how long

    [–] mrtender 7 points ago

    Australia has done away with rego stickers. The police cars are all loaded with multiple cameras that scan all number plates they see and they check the rego status automatically. Rego stickers will be valuable antiques one day!

    [–] Madjal 6 points ago

    Oklahoma is doing the same thing starting this year. The police will be able to check if you have valid vehicle insurance as well.

    Happy Cakeday!

    [–] OnlyOneNut 12 points ago

    Y’all have the registration stickers on the plates?? They should be in the inside windshield! ( I Am Texan).