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State vehicle inspection stickers to get new location on windshields

New Hampshire Union Leader

August 01. 2017 9:57PM
A look at the new inspection sticker for New Hampshire. (COURTESY)

CONCORD — Starting this fall, state inspection stickers are getting a new look — in a new location on your windshield.

The New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced Tuesday that beginning October 1 vehicle inspection stickers will be affixed to the lower, driver side corner of a vehicle’s windshield. According to Larry Crowe, Public Information Officer for DMV, the change was deemed necessary because many newer model vehicles come equipped with crash-avoidance technology for lane departure warning and prevention that is located in the area where inspection stickers are currently placed — dead center, just below the top of the windshield, behind the rear-view mirror.

The DMV also announced is has redesigned the existing sticker “to improve the current inspection sticker issuance process.” According to Crowe, the new inspection stickers will have both the month and year of expiration printed on them, and will contain several new security features, including a hologram backer.

Crowe said he does not expect New Hampshire drivers and vehicle owners to incur any new or additional costs due to the sticker redesign. Drivers who have their 2017 vehicle inspections performed prior to the Oct. 1 launch for the new stickers can keep their stickers on their cars, in their current location, until their 2018 vehicle inspection.

Certain vehicles, such as motorcycles, will continue to use the current inspection stickers, as they do not impede crash-safety technology on motorcycles in any way.

“The DMV is excited about the upcoming changes,” said DMV Director Elizabeth Bielecki in a statement. “By taking advantage of available technology, we are able to gain significant improvements to the vehicle inspection process.”

New Hampshire is one of roughly a dozen states that still require annual safety inspections for vehicles.

Because vehicle inspections in the state of New Hampshire are conducted by private businesses, the fees and forms of accepted payment vary. Most inspection stations charge between $20 and $50 to perform inspections, according to the DMV.

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