VSP: Inspection stickers will no longer be located in middle of windshield

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

Beginning January 1, 2018, State Police says Virginia state inspection stickers will be moved from the bottom-center of your windshield to the bottom-left corner as you sit in your vehicle looking forward.

The change comes as new technology for crash avoidance has been developed by auto manufacturers, according to the VSP.

The change will also apply to any other authorized stickers, she said. A sticker placed near a crash-avoidance system could prevent it from operating properly.

Certain vehicles, such as motorcycles, will continue to use the current inspection stickers, as they do not impede crash-safety technology on motorcycles, according to the official annual motor vehicle inspection manual.

Other than that, there will be no other changes in the size or appearance of the existing inspection sticker.

The goal of the state's inspection program is to promote highway safety, Capt. R.C. Maxey Jr., Virginia State Police Safety Division Commander, said in the release.

New innovations in the automotive industry will result in inspection stickers being placed in the bottom left corner of the windshield when viewed from inside the vehicle, according to a press release.

The Virginia State Police Safety Division began notifying all Virginia-certified inspections stations of the placement change earlier this week that the change is supposed to take effect January 1, 2018.

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