How to apply a sticker



  • Nowadays you need directions for everything. I just renewed my registration, and it came with the following helpful instructions on how to put the little colored stickers on your license plate:

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    DO NOT MOISTEN STICKERS!

    APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Remove foreign matter (tar, sap, etc) from license plate.

    2. To remove individual stickers from the paper form, bend the sticker form backwards at the corner of the sticker and then lift the sticker from the form.

    3. Position sticker directly on clean and dry plate in the bottom right corner of the plate.

    4. Rub the sticker with your finger to apply pressure to the sticker so it will adhere to the plate.

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    I should call the DMV and ask them for clarification on this. It's just so hard! I'm not an elementary school teacher! I don't apply stickers regularly to tests and homework assignments! I need help!



  •  Any six-year-old girl is adept at applying stickers.  Since so few vehicles are registered to six-year-old girls, it was felt necessary to spell out the procedure in detail.



  • That's great advice actually.  The way I've done it in the past is to get a friend to hold the sticker in place while I drive the car towards them.  This way actually sounds worth trying, if only because I'm running out of friends.

     



  • Do the cops book you for "incorrect application of sticker" if it's in some other corner of the plate?

    In Australia, the equivalent sticker is much larger and it goes on the windscreen.  There's a large range of offences relating to incorrect application of the sticker if, for example, you stuck it on some other window or you didn't take off the old one first.  Fines start at $86.

    In the UK, I think the equivalent is a "tax disc" and you have to buy a special "tax disc holder" to stick it to your windscreen.



  • @Qwerty said:

    Do the cops book you for "incorrect application of sticker" if it's in some other corner of the plate?
     

    I don't know. I do see some idiot drivers who treat their stickers like merit badges of sorts, where they will put one year on on corner, another year on another, and so forth... if they have a really old car, they could have like 10 stickers from different years around the perimeter of the plate.



  • @RHuckster said:

    if they have a really old car, they could have like 10 stickers from different years around the perimeter of the plate.
     

    Since when is a 10 year old car "really old"!? I was driving my 1980 Ford Cortina until 2007 (same year I moved to the Gold Coast; I think the salt air completely killed it. Poor car was older than me)



  • @RTapeLoadingError said:

    That's great advice actually.  The way I've done it in the past is to get a friend to hold the sticker in place while I drive the car towards them.
     

    I lol'd



  • @Qwerty said:

    Do the cops book you for "incorrect application of sticker" if it's in some other corner of the plate?

    In Australia, the equivalent sticker is much larger and it goes on the windscreen.  There's a large range of offences relating to incorrect application of the sticker if, for example, you stuck it on some other window or you didn't take off the old one first.  Fines start at $86.

    In the UK, I think the equivalent is a "tax disc" and you have to buy a special "tax disc holder" to stick it to your windscreen.

    There is no requirement for a special tax disc holder, so far as I am aware. There is a requirement to display the disc at the lower left corner of the windscreen, with penalties for failure. Using sticky tape which fails is not an excuse, so it makes sense to use a holder which will stay put, plus it looks tidier. A basic holder costs under £1.



  • Since when is a 10 year old car "really old"!?

    Average lifetime of a car in the UK is 12 years.



  • @RTapeLoadingError said:

    That's great advice actually.  The way
    I've done it in the past is to get a friend to hold the sticker in place
    while I drive the car towards them.
     

    +1

     



  • @Qwerty said:

    Do the cops book you for "incorrect application of sticker" if it's in some other corner of the plate?
     

    In most places it is a ticket-able offense. I know for sure in Ontario it is. The registration tag goes on the upper right of the plate, overtop of any existing stickers.

    Putting it in the wrong place will probably be ignored, or just get you a warning-- but it's another one of those lesser known "I can nail you with this if I want" laws.

    The OP's explicit instructions are yet another layer of CYA that gets slathered on everything these days.

    "Incorrect placement of you sticker is against the law."

    "But your honor, I didn't know the law."

    "What about the explicit, monkey-level instructions the DMV put in big bold letters all over the sticker?"

    "You can't expect me to read!"

    "Guilty."



  • @Zemm said:

    Since when is a 10 year old car "really old"!?
     

    Our registration is every 2 years, so that's assuming a 20-year-old car.



  • @Zemm said:

    @RHuckster said:

    if they have a really old car, they could have like 10 stickers from different years around the perimeter of the plate.
     

    Since when is a 10 year old car "really old"!? I was driving my 1980 Ford Cortina until 2007 (same year I moved to the Gold Coast; I think the salt air completely killed it. Poor car was older than me)

    Not every state does yearly stickers. 10 stickers could be 20 or 30 years.

    When I moved into my house, it had a sticker from 1967 on the frame of the garage door... I kind of want to put it on my 2004 car just to see how the cops react. But I don't do it, because when they're done reacting, they'd write me a $150 ticket.



  • @RHuckster said:

    @Zemm said:

    Since when is a 10 year old car "really old"!?
     

    Our registration is every 2 years, so that's assuming a 20-year-old car.

     

    New York is every two years as well, but we have a windshield sticker, and you have to take off the old one first.  They give pretty explicit instructions as well, but it makes sense; between the sticker backing and the construction of the sticker itself, it's way too easy to attach it wrong or rip it in the process or what have you.  TRWTF might be how the stickers are made, but at least they're doing something to mitigate it.

    In conclusion: sticker instructions from the DMV aren't necessarily a WTF.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    When I moved into my house, it had a sticker from 1967 on the frame of the garage door...
    Seriously? You have to get a tax sticker for your garage, in your area?



  • @intertravel said:

    @blakeyrat said:
    When I moved into my house, it had a sticker from 1967 on the frame of the garage door...
    Seriously? You have to get a tax sticker for your garage, in your area?

    That and by law, he, has to use commas, inapp,ropriately,,,



  • @intertravel said:

    @blakeyrat said:
    When I moved into my house, it had a sticker from 1967 on the frame of the garage door...
    Seriously? You have to get a tax sticker for your garage, in your area?
     

    You should see the fines for driving a garage without proper papers. Tough area, man. Tough.



  • Better than mine...  +1



  • Seems to me TRWTF is that the instructions aren't helpful enough.

    They should say, "WARNING: This sticker is DESIGNED to explode into a million infinitely sticky bits of confetti if you don't get it right on the first try."



  • @blakeyrat said:

    Not every state does yearly stickers. 10 stickers could be 20 or 30 years.
     

    Ah ok then. My state offers 6-month rego stickers if you can't afford the full year all at once! Though it is illegal to leave the old ones on (they go on the inside of the windscreen)



  • Here also you have the option of doing 6 or 12 months registration. However, we've phased out the stickers as of January 2010. Police use a combination of licence plate recognition software and basically an online database to check registration. [url=https://online.transport.wa.gov.au/webExternal/registration/]You can even look them up on the web.[/url]

    [url=http://weekend.inmycommunity.com.au/news-and-views/local-news/Call-to-reinstate-car-rego-stickers/7590522/]Some people want the rego stickers brought back[/url] because they're apparently incapable of paying their bill on time unless they have a sticker to look at every day to remind them when it is due. I don't know how they cope with their rates or utility bills.



  • @Scarlet Manuka said:

    Police use a combination of licence plate recognition software and basically an online database to check registration
    Another WTF: We have this in the UK (well ANPR for the recognition, and the database.) This system is/can be also be tied to the insurance database to tell if the car on the road is not only taxed, but insured...



    It's still an offence not to display the dead-tree version of the tax in the car within 5 (working) days of the previous one expiring.



  • @superjer said:

    Seems to me TRWTF is that the instructions aren't helpful enough.

    They should say, "WARNING: This sticker is DESIGNED to explode into a million infinitely sticky bits of confetti if you don't get it right on the first try."

    Quoted for truth.



  • @Lorne Kates said:

    You should see the fines for driving a garage without proper papers. Tough area, man. Tough.
     

    I can't google an image for this . :'(



  • We have a big problem with people stealing our vehicle registration stickers. What I end up doing every year (after paying my late fees for late registration) is apply the sticker to the license plate (upper-right here in California).  Once applied, I take a hobby knife to the sticker and chop it up into strips.  Don't need many cuts, just 2 or 3 vertical cuts and a single horizontal cut.  When someone attempts to remove the sticker, they take a small corner before moving on to someone else's car.  The cust are fine enough that they can't be seen unless you look very closely...



  • What sucks is if you've had the same car/plates for a few years, your "sticker stack" gets really big. So that when you apply the next one, if it's not really aligned, it looks totally dumb and retarded.

    But yeah, the DMV undermines democracy more every day.



  • @intertravel said:

    @blakeyrat said:
    When I moved into my house, it had a sticker from 1967 on the frame of the garage door...
    Seriously? You have to get a tax sticker for your garage, in your area?
    Not sure if serious, but my guess is that the former owner pulled the sticker off his vehicle and put it on the garage door for kicks/religion/to make you ask that question.



  • @belgariontheking said:

    @intertravel said:

    @blakeyrat said:
    When I moved into my house, it had a sticker from 1967 on the frame of the garage door...
    Seriously? You have to get a tax sticker for your garage, in your area?
    Not sure if serious, but my guess is that the former owner pulled the sticker off his vehicle and put it on the garage door for religion.

    I gotta ask, how is religion involved here?

    Is there a sticker cult I'm not aware of?



  • @serguey123 said:

    @belgariontheking said:

    @intertravel said:

    @blakeyrat said:
    When I moved into my house, it had a sticker from 1967 on the frame of the garage door...
    Seriously? You have to get a tax sticker for your garage, in your area?
    Not sure if serious, but my guess is that the former owner pulled the sticker off his vehicle and put it on the garage door for religion.

    I gotta ask, how is religion involved here?

    Is there a sticker cult I'm not aware of?

     

    You do not ask about the Sticker Cult. The Sticker Cult asks about you.

    @belgariontheking said:

     

    Sticker god

     

    She's a fickle goddess who smells of glitter. Beware her wrath, or she will make you sparkle on a whim. She rides atop a chariot piloted by ponies of fire. They once belonged to Hades, but she said "omgmusthave!", and lo, they were hers.

     



  • @belgariontheking said:

    Not sure if serious, but my guess is that the former owner pulled the sticker off his vehicle and put it on the garage door for kicks/religion/to make you ask that question.

    Ironic that someone who consistently files his posts under "breast programming" doesn't read the joke tags on other posts.

    Also whooooosh.



  • @Power Troll said:

    What sucks is if you've had the same car/plates for a few years, your "sticker stack" gets really big. So that when you apply the next one, if it's not really aligned, it looks totally dumb and retarded.

    But yeah, the DMV undermines democracy more every day.

    If I recall correctly, you're not supposed to have a sticker stack. The last registration sticker I got from the DMV (Pennsylvania) informed me to remove the old stickers. Yeah, I looked at the instructions, too...

    It makes sense; stickers from sticker stacks are simpler to steal. Also looks less dumb and retarded when you misalign.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    @belgariontheking said:
    Not sure if serious, but my guess is that the former owner pulled the sticker off his vehicle and put it on the garage door for kicks/religion/to make you ask that question.

    Ironic that someone who consistently files his posts under "breast programming" doesn't read the joke tags on other posts.

    Also whooooosh.

    *abuses moderator privs to remove said tag.*

    Whachu talkin bout blakey?

     



  • @Justice said:

    New York is every two years as well, but we have a windshield sticker, and you have to take off the old one first.  They give pretty explicit instructions as well, but it makes sense; between the sticker backing and the construction of the sticker itself, it's way too easy to attach it wrong or rip it in the process or what have you.  TRWTF might be how the stickers are made, but at least they're doing something to mitigate it.
    Last I checked here in NY, it's every year I need a new windshield sticker. Also, year before last they moved to a new glue that was peeling off everyone's windows. Double benefit for the state: cheaper sticker and they get to collect the fines.



  • @jcsalomon said:

    @Justice said:
    New York is every two years as well, but we have a windshield sticker, and you have to take off the old one first.  They give pretty explicit instructions as well, but it makes sense; between the sticker backing and the construction of the sticker itself, it's way too easy to attach it wrong or rip it in the process or what have you.  TRWTF might be how the stickers are made, but at least they're doing something to mitigate it.
    Last I checked here in NY, it's every year I need a new windshield sticker. Also, year before last they moved to a new glue that was peeling off everyone's windows. Double benefit for the state: cheaper sticker and they get to collect the fines.
     

    I learned about those windshielf stickers on a trip to NYC last year.

    They have a barcode, so if you end up in the intersection when the light turns red, a cop posted on the corner will walk up, blip you tag, and you'll get your ticket in the mail.

    Interesting way of fighting gridlock/raising funds.



  • @jcsalomon said:

    Last I checked here in NY, it's every year I need a new windshield sticker.
     

    You need a new safety/emissions inspection windshield sticker every year. You need a new registration sticker (also a windshield sticker, but more annoying because only the outer border is sticky) every two years. Unless it's changed since I left in 2010.



  • @Lorne Kates said:

    I learned about those windshielf stickers on a trip to NYC last year.

    They have a barcode, so if you end up in the intersection when the light turns red, a cop posted on the corner will walk up, blip you tag, and you'll get your ticket in the mail.

    Interesting way of fighting gridlock/raising funds.

    See now I like that.  I can't fucking stand it when people pull into the middle of an intersection when even their senile old mom in the back seat knows damn well they are NOT getting through before it turns.

     


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