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Ask a Trooper: Vehicle registration tabs

Question: My registration tabs for my license plates are due. Is there some leeway when I have to purchase those? Answer: Minnesota State Statute 168.09 says: "A vehicle registered under the monthly series system of registration shall display the...

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The registration tabs must be purchased before the end of the month, but you have 10 days to display them. For example, if the registration tabs are February 2015, the tabs must be purchased by Feb. 28, 2015. You then have ten days (Mar. 10, 2015) to get them on the license plates.

Question: My registration tabs for my license plates are due. Is there some leeway when I have to purchase those?

Answer: Minnesota State Statute 168.09 says: "A vehicle registered under the monthly series system of registration shall display the plates and insignia issued within 10 days of the first day of the month which commences the registration period."

Let me clarify: The registration tabs must be purchased before the end of the month, but you have 10 days to display them. For example, if the registration tabs are February 2015, the tabs must be purchased by Feb. 28, 2015. You then have ten days (Mar. 10, 2015) to get them on the license plates.

If you purchased your registration online and are waiting for the tabs to arrive in the mail, be sure to print your receipt and have that with you to show as proof if requested.

I would also like to add that vehicles must display the month of expiration in the lower left corner of each license plate and the year of expiration in the lower right corner of each license plate.

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A portion of state statutes were used with permission from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Sgt. Neil Dickenson, Minnesota State Patrol, 1131 Mesaba Ave Duluth, MN 55811. You can follow me on Twitter @MSPPIO_NE or reach me at neil.dickenson@state.mn.us .

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