Lacombe-Ponoka MLA Ron Orr welcomed Service Alberta Minister Nate Glubish to collaborate with central Albertans at his constituency office. Photo by Todd Colin Vaughan/Black Press

Alberta ditches registration stickers on licence plates, moves to reflective ones

EDMONTON — Starting in the new year, Alberta licence plates will start to be sticker free.

The province says the stickers, which mark the year and month of a vehicle’s registration, have become redundant in the era of reflective plates.

The government is moving to high-definition reflective licence plates, which the province says are more easily scanned roadside by police and other law enforcement agencies.

Alberta’s government has been looking for ways to improve and modernize the delivery of registry services for Albertans, says Nate Glubish, Minister of Service Alberta.

“By moving to reflective licence plates, expiry stickers become redundant and outdated. This common-sense change cuts red tape, aligns Alberta with other Canadian provinces, and saves taxpayers money.”

Stickers were introduced in 1974 and have been used for more than 5.5 million registered vehicles in Alberta at a cost of more than $1 million a year.

Four Canadian jurisdictions have already ditched stickers: Quebec. Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Northwest Territories.

Stickers will still be required for farm vehicles and commercial vehicles that travel between regions as part of international agreements.