Alberta to Discontinue License Plate Expiry Stickers

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As of January 1, 2021, Albertans will no longer have to apply registration expiry stickers to their license plates. The province will be moving towards using reflective license plates. This technology will work with automated license plate readers to allow law enforcement agencies to validate license plate registrations. This change will also apply to fleet vehicles and permanent trailers. Albertans will still be required to renew their vehicle registration and ensure that they have a valid certificate of vehicle registration.

Registration expiry stickers will still be required for farm vehicles and prorated commercial vehicles participating in the International Registration Plan.

The Alberta Government first introduced the requirement for expiry dates to be visible on vehicle license plates in 1974. With the government currently spending about $1.2 million every year to print, ship, and store the expiry stickers for license plates, this change will result in significant savings for the province. The current stock of license plates is projected to run out in the fall, at which point the new high-definition reflective license plates will be issued on an on-going basis.

Minister of Service Alberta Nate Glubish had this to say about the matter: “Alberta's government has been looking for ways to improve and modernize the delivery of registry services for Albertans. By moving to reflective license plates, expiry stickers become redundant and outdated. This common-sense change cuts red tape, aligns Alberta with other Canadian provinces, and saves taxpayers money. ”

Dean LaBerge, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grizzly Gazette