The post-Christmas season - a.k.a. January - is always kind of a letdown. So thank goodness for the debut of a new year of North Carolina license plate registration stickers!
I blog about this every year, but to recap: In North Carolina, the license plate registration stickers are a different color every year. Other than the fact that colors are never used twice in a three-year span, I haven't detected a pattern yet. And that's what makes this so exciting!
Back in the day, Florida had a four-year rotation with their sticker colors: green, red, blue, and yellow. (I think that was the actual order, too, with the greens falling on the divisible-by-4 years.) It always followed the same order, and while colorful, it was kind of boring. But it was still preferable to what Florida does now: yellow stickers, EVERY SINGLE YEAR.
Starting from the year before I moved here, the sticker colors in North Carolina have been as follows:
Last year at this time, I predicted green or purple for 2014. And the winner for 2014 is: green.
Green was last used four years ago, but I'm not sure if these new stickers are the same shade of green as was used in 2010. I recall the 2010 stickers being more on the bluish side of green; the 2014 stickers are a little lighter, I think. It's subtle, but I think it's important, because the lighter shade makes the 2014 stickers look not that much different than the 2013 blue stickers from a distance. And isn't that supposed to be the reason you change the color every year, so you can easily tell from a distance whether someone has a current registration or not? Oh well. I would think an effective policy would be to alternate "warm colors" with "cool colors" each year, which is pretty much what Florida did back in the day (red/yellow in odd years, green/blue in even years).
So, the last three years, the NC DMV has stuck with traditional colors: red, blue, and green. That means next year is anyone's guess. Do we go back to red and stick with a three-year rotation? (Hope not!) Do we reintroduce purple (2009), goldenrod (2011), or something similar? Or do we introduce an entirely brand new color that has never been used before, such as orange or black? (I think black could work. Why don't they ever use black?)