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Adding the license plate number to Missouri's vehicle license tabs will deter thieves and help law enforcement target tab theft.
In St. Louis, a common problem for motorists and law enforcement is the theft of license plate tabs. In the past, the state of Missouri has made changes to deter tab theft, including moving where they should be affixed from a corner of the plate to the middle and pre-perforating the tabs. Now the tabs are undergoing additional tweaks to become even more theft-resistant--they will have a watermark and its corresponding license plate number printed directly on the tab. This way, if any part of a sticker is stolen and placed on another plate, it is glaringly obvious to law enforcement that a tab theft has occurred. This pilot initiative is targeted to St. Louis, where four license offices will be able to print the tabs on demand for motorists that renew their registration in person. Missouri residents that cannot access the St. Louis offices can also receive the tabs when they renew their registration at the central license office in Jefferson City, online through Missouri's Online Renewal System or by mail.