Monday, January 05, 2015

License Plate Registration Stickers: 2016 Edition

It's that time again: time to talk about license plate registration stickers!

I blog about this every year - and recently I've stooped to copying/pasting last year's post (feel free to compare and contrast) - 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, and that red/green/blue are the most commonly used colors, I haven't detected a pattern yet. And that's what makes this so exciting!

Going back as far as I have data, the sticker colors in North Carolina have been as follows:

2001: black
2002: red
2003: green
2004: orange
2005: blue
2006: red
2007: green
2008: blue
2009: purple
2010: green (darker green than other green years)
2011: goldenrod
2012: red
2013: blue
2014: green
2015: pink

Let's go back and check my prediction for the 2016 color: "Since 2000, North Carolina has never gone consecutive years using colors other than red/blue/green. So normally I would think 2016 will feature a return to red, which is the least-recently-used of the red/blue/green trio. However...red and pink are too close to each other to use them in back-to-back years, since the point of using a different color every year is to make it easier for law enforcement to spot expired registrations. (Right?) Green was the 2014 color, so it shouldn't surface again until at least 2017. So...back to blue?"

WRONG! Your 2016 registration stickers are...black.


(Photo credit Brian LeBlanc)

I like it. Two pleasant surprises in consecutive years! Black was last used in 2001, and I had wondered why they hadn't gone back to it since. Whoever is making these decisions at NC DMV deserves a raise.

For 2017, they have to go back to one of the boring standard colors (red/blue/green), right? Either that, or maybe "goldenrod" (or some other variation of yellow) might resurface.

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