How to Properly Apply a License Plate Sticker With Tips From blog: How to Properly Apply a License Plate Sticker With Tips From

Registering your vehicle can certainly be a pain, especially if you are pressed for time. However, you will need to ensure that your vehicle is registered in a timely manner if you wish to avoid a trip to traffic court. Not surprisingly, the experts here at found that many drivers have difficulty placing their registration renewal stickers on their license plates. This can be frustrating, but it is important to display your stickers correctly. Read the following information to learn how to properly apply a license plate sticker.

Where to Place Your Registration Stickers

After renewing your vehicle’s registration, you will receive a sticker from your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. If your vehicle’s license plate already displays stickers, you may be able to simply place the new ones in the old one’s location. Before you do this, the team recommends checking your state DMV’s website, since there is no universal rule regarding license plate sticker placement. It is also possible that your state has changed its placement laws since the last time you renewed your registration.

Applying Your Registration Stickers

Placing your stickers in the proper place is actually quite easy. Simply follow the steps below:

  • Find out where your state wants you to place your stickers.
  • Remove the old stickers completely.
  • Clean the area with water or a metal-friendly cleaning solution.
  • Place the stickers on your license plate firmly and evenly.

Once you complete the steps above, you are now ready to drive your newly registered vehicle. If you need to place registration stickers on another type of vehicle, such as a boat or commercial truck, you may need to place your stickers in a different area.  

What to Do If Your Stickers Fail to Stick

The experts at realize that placing your stickers in the right place isn’t always as easy as you imagined. Sometimes, the stickers you receive are defective, or they simply don’t have enough adhesive on the back. If this occurs, try taking the following steps before contacting the DMV:

  • Do not place your new stickers over your old ones. Be sure that the old stickers are entirely removed first.
  • If your area has been experiencing rain or high levels of humidity and moisture, try drying off the license plate first.

If all else fails, the team recommends contacting the DMV. They will more than likely send new registration stickers for you to apply. If you need to drive before you receive your new stickers, just be sure that you keep your defective ones in your possession (in case you are pulled over by law enforcement).

Additional Sticker Removal Tips

If you need to remove your stickers for some reason (old or new), the experts recommend using the following solutions:

  • Try using a razor blade or credit card to remove old, stuck-on stickers. Stop if the razor begins to scratch your license plate.
  • Use a substance such as water, rubbing alcohol or baby oil to remove stickers. Soak a sponge with the substance of your choice, and use it to wear down the old sticker.
  • Carefully peel the old sticker from the license plate, starting at its corner. Avoid tearing the sticker to pieces.

More than likely, the methods listed above will remove any old stickers from your license plate.