Virginia State Police have rolled out a newly designed vehicle safety inspection sticker that is smaller and has added security features to discourage removal or tampering.

Police said all certified Virginia inspection stations at the start of the year began issuing the new stickers, which are placed on the windshield of a car after it passes an annual state safety inspection.

The sticker shrunk from 2.75 inches in height to 2 inches, and from 4 inches wide to 3 inches.

“The change in size is in response to the feedback State Police received from Virginians following the sticker’s relocation to the bottom left corner of the windshield in 2018,” Capt. R.C. Maxey Jr., commander of the Virginia State Police Safety Division said in a statement. “We heard from a number of motorists who had difficulty seeing around the sticker, so we worked to reduce its size to slightly smaller than the average credit card.”

The change of the sticker’s location last year was in response to safety concerns. The prior placement in the center of the windshield could prevent a vehicle’s crash avoidance system from operating properly.

Police said the sticker’s security features have been enhanced to discourage and prevent unauthorized removal, tampering and counterfeit practices.

The changes do not apply to motorcycle or trailer safety inspection stickers. Vehicle rejection stickers also remain unchanged.

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