The project, one of the biggest streamlining efforts MVD has undertaken recently, provides customers an improved license plate tab and saves ADOT time and money in production and distribution. Vehicle owners now receive just one tab that shows the month and year of expiration printed on it, and matched to the license plate. The old system had separate tabs for the month and year and did not include the plate number.
Tabs are printed on demand at the MVD field offices, authorized third-party offices or in the ADOT central mailroom. The tab is embedded into the registration form and then delivered to customers. Gone are the separate packets with the registration tab, stapled to the paperwork.
Planning began in 2002 and tabs were first distributed in 2007. The gradual rollout was completed early this year. Large, commercial customers who print dozens of registrations at one time were the last to make the switch.