• Oct 15th 2009 at 8:29AM
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Apparently, there have been some two million vehicle registration stickers and another 2.5 million inspection stickers issued this year in New York. No great shakes there – except for the fact that the stickers aren't living up to their names, as they are refusing to securely affix themselves to car windshields. This, as you might imagine, is a bit of a problem since citations for a missing or improperly stuck sticker can cost up to $100.

According to The New York Times, two separate vendors are responsible for the not-so-sticky stickers, and the affected units are being replaced free of charge. It seems, though, that most drivers are taking matters into their own hands by simply using adhesive tape to get the stickers to stay in place in lieu of filing the paperwork for a new one.

Police in New York are reportedly being instructed to be lenient on offenders as long as sufficient evidence is found that the vehicle's owner was affected by the bad batch of stickers. Happen to be one of the owners in question? Click here for instructions on how to get a new inspection sticker and hit the jump for a press release from the New York DMV explaining the issue.

[Source: The New York Times | Image: woody1778a via C.C. 2.0]



Decals Not Remaining Adhered to Vehicle Windshields

Commissioner David J. Swarts of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) today addressed the issue of 2010 inspection stickers and registration stickers that are not adhering to vehicle windshields. The Department became aware of the issue after receiving several complaints from consumers, DMV field offices and inspection stations. It should be noted that only a fraction of stickers have the potential to fail and not all are susceptible to not adhering. DMV is suggesting that customers reaffix any defective sticker to the vehicle with transparent tape or other adhesive.

"We recognize the issue of inspection and registration stickers failing to adhere to vehicles is an inconvenience to our customers," said Commissioner Swarts. "We have notified law enforcement agencies that may come across loose or taped stickers to use their discretion whenever possible. We have also made the process of obtaining a new sticker, should one be required, as easy as possible for our customers."

In the event an inspection sticker is no longer available, customers may obtain a replacement at no cost. For complete information on how to obtain a new inspection sticker motorists can visit the DMV web site at www.nysdmv.com/vehsafe.htm. The $2.00 fee normally charged by the DMV will be waived for customers who report that their safety sticker has fallen off.

If a registration sticker is not usable or the original registration sticker is lost, motorists can visit a DMV office, apply by mail, or contact a call center to receive a new document. The $3.00 fee normally charged by the DMV will be waived for customers who report that the registration sticker has fallen off or become defective.

The DMV has been working with the vendors of both products to identify the deficiencies and receive an appropriate restitution. The Department will continue to identify and remove defective stickers from inventory to prevent them from getting into circulation.

More information can be found on the DMV web site at www.nysdmv.com. Customers who need to contact DMV with additional questions should go to the Contact or Visit the DMV page at the DMV web site

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The sticker on the mustang started peeling 2 weeks after I put it on. I really should get around to taping that back in place as less than 25% of it is still attached to the windshield. now I'm worried that when I renew the registration for the jeep next month it'll do the same thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      they should get in touch with the emissions sticker vendor cuz that sucker wont come of for shzzitz have to scrap it off with a blade
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have always wondered why places like New York have to use extra stickers. Why not just renew the plates that coincide with emission renewals, etc. I would be ticked to deal with such garbage in my window.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think he means, For instance in California we don't have inspections just renewals and Bi-yearly Emission Tests depending on the age of the Vehicle, with that we just have Registration stickers that adhere to the license plates not windshield..

        • 5 Years Ago
        i feel like this would result in stolen plates here in NYC, but that's just my guess. on a side note, BOTH my reg. and inspection stickers are being held on by scotch tape. *sigh*
      • 5 Years Ago

      That, and although I'm not really going to blame you (although if you would have looked at the press release you copied and pasted, you wouldn't have made that error), I cannot believe that the New York Times just picked up this story. According to the actual press release:

      Wednesday, May 6, 2009
      • 5 Years Ago
      Scotch tape here as well. Amazing how they can screw up a sticker. Only in New York.
      • 5 Years Ago
      did you say, "Police in New York are reportedly being instructed to be lenient on offenders"???!!!! Have you ever met these "people"? lenient, nice, polite, humane and all the words like that don't exist in their vocabulary.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Slow news day? This has been known to us New Yorkers for quite a while, and we've been taping the stickers on all year. BTW, with regards to the headline - there *is* more to NY state than NYC...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmm... I have been saying this to everyone i know since I got my sticker and my ticket!! My sticker wouldn't stick so I used scotch tape...you can't use scotch tape according to the judge, he slammed me with $65 fine. So my question is...Does NYC reimburse me for the faulty sticker? Yeah Right!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yep had to scotch tape mine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I managed to get mine on and so far it's not falling off, but getting it on was a pain in the ass and I've seen a lot of them falling off. On top of that when I couldn't get the sticker out without tearing out part of it. This is ridiculous, they send these things out to millions of people and you can hardly put them on without breaking them and they fall off.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Put the tape on them last week......sigh.

      I hate NY. They hate cars imo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chinese glue just ain't what it used to be.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mine went out the window one day this past summer, like 3 days after it was inspected ! Then NYS raised our taxes and the legislature took raises ! Nice going NYS, you know how to deal with a recession !
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