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Hi all!

I'm the owner of a new Cherokee in NH, and this is my first car in the US.

When I got the jeep, the dealer put an inspection sticker behind my rearview mirror. This obviously makes the jeep look ugly :(

Do I actually have to keep it there after I've registered the jeep in my town? From googling I see that I must have inspection stickers, but does it mean I actually got to have that ugly thing on the window? No one else has that :/
 

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If it's a state DOT mandated safety inspection then you will have to have a sticker and the placement of it is usually dictated by the state DOT as well. When I used to live in NC we had to have safety inspections done annually and the sticker was required to be placed in the bottom left of the windshield. You should check with NH DOT on where it can be placed.
 

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I live in Delaware but purchased in Pa. Pa has both inspection and emission stickers in the windshield, they are so ugly. I waited until my reg went through Delaware and then I scrapped those suckers off. Delaware doesn't issue a reg unless you pass inspection so no sticker other than the renewal sticker on the license plate itself.
 

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I agree with Spookster - it's a state by state mandate.

TX requires registration and inspection stickers, both stuck on lower corner of driver side windshield. You stand a pretty good chance of getting a ticket here if your car does not have both stickers. I'm so used to it I don't even notice it anymore. Although on my Ford both inspection and registration are due in Oct (10), but from the inside it looks like (01) and I do get tired of people telling me my stickers are expired when they are not.
 

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Hi all!

I'm the owner of a new Cherokee in NH, and this is my first car in the US.

When I got the jeep, the dealer put an inspection sticker behind my rearview mirror. This obviously makes the jeep look ugly :(

Do I actually have to keep it there after I've registered the jeep in my town? From googling I see that I must have inspection stickers, but does it mean I actually got to have that ugly thing on the window? No one else has that :/
YES you absolutely must keep the state inspection sticker on the windshield, under the rearview mirror, here in NH. DO NOT remove it, or relocate it to a different spot, or the local Police will pull you over and give you a citation. Every year your vehicle must be inspected in your birth month( you have a 10 day grace period into the next month actually to get it done )and a new state inspection sticker will be added to your window. They are color coded and show the month they need to be replaced in to help the Police know if you are running around uninspected. NH is not alone in having these types of stickers. Many states use them.

You also must run a front license plate too before you ask that. There are stickers that go on them too( one for month and one for year ). They will have to be replaced every year when you register the vehicle as well.

It was put there for a reason.
 

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YES you absolutely must keep the state inspection sticker on the windshield, under the rearview mirror, here in NH. DO NOT remove it, or relocate it to a different spot, or the local Police will pull you over and give you a citation. Every year your vehicle must be inspected in your birth month( you have a 10 day grace period into the next month actually to get it done )and a new state inspection sticker will be added to your window. They are color coded and show the month they need to be replaced in to help the Police know if you are running around uninspected. NH is not alone in having these types of stickers. Many states use them.

You also must run a front license plate too before you ask that. There are stickers that go on them too( one for month and one for year ). They will have to be replaced every year when you register the vehicle as well.

It was put there for a reason.
Thanks @NHPatriot ! I'll leave it be.
 

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@NHPatriot, Does NH really insist that the sticker be behind the rear view mirror? I actually prefer mine there but Maine will allow there or at the lower left hand corner.

Mine is now on the lower left hand corner because my Limited has the dimming box behind the mirror. Would NH insist it is up there below that box? That would be in the driver's field of vision!

Just curious....
 

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Tolltag stickers are getting placed under the rearview mirror in TX. At the rate we are going, all the agencies will be fighting for space on our windshields!

TX also requires a front license plate in addition to the back one. That's the easiest way to spot an out-of-state car, if it has no front plates.
 

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Many states mandate that an inspection sticker remain attached to the vehicle. Its the law.


Fortunately, Utah scrapped that idea several years ago, and we have not had to have one anymore. Ours used to be on the windshield down by the lower left corner, as looking outward. It was not as obvious as being right behind the rear view mirror as you state...
 

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@NHPatriot, Does NH really insist that the sticker be behind the rear view mirror? I actually prefer mine there but Maine will allow there or at the lower left hand corner.

Mine is now on the lower left hand corner because my Limited has the dimming box behind the mirror. Would NH insist it is up there below that box? That would be in the driver's field of vision!

Just curious....
Has to be below the RVM. Has been that way since I can remember.

EDIT - here you go...

Saf-C 3245.05 Affixing Inspection Sticker.
(a) The sticker shall be affixed to the windshield surface, which shall be dry and clean of dirt, grease or moisture.

(b) Each sticker shall be affixed as follows:

(1) The protective liner shall be removed from the adhesive side of the sticker;

(2) The appropriate monthly insert designating the month of expiration shall be attached to the adhesive side of the sticker

(3) The sticker shall be positioned on the center of the windshield below the sun guard and out of the driver's vision, behind the rear view mirror; and

(4) Pressure shall be applied to the sticker for adhesion.

The info is from here( way down near bottom )
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rules/state_agencies/saf-c3200.html


 

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Many states mandate that an inspection sticker remain attached to the vehicle. Its the law.


Fortunately, Utah scrapped that idea several years ago, and we have not had to have one anymore. Ours used to be on the windshield down by the lower left corner, as looking outward. It was not as obvious as being right behind the rear view mirror as you state...
You can't even see mine, from the driver's seat, behind the Cherokee RVM without moving your head around and purposely trying to see it. Even with a small RVM you get to the point you don't even notice it.
 

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(3) The sticker shall be positioned on the center of the windshield below the sun guard and out of the driver's vision, behind the rear view mirror; and
That's the same law in Vermont. However, a lot of new cars now have cameras in the way of where the inspection sticker is supposed to go. This was the case with my wife's Explorer, so I asked them to put it next to the rear view mirror on the passenger side. If they put it below the camera assembly to keep it centered, it would have been half way down the windshield.

The same is now true for my Cherokee with the Lane Keep Assist camera assembly in the way. I plan to ask them to put it on the passenger side again so that it's out of my field of view. I'll probably put a sticky note right where I want it so they don't put it somewhere else.

I guess the placement laws are going to have to change since there's no possible way to put it directly under the rear view mirror AND keep it out of the driver's field of view on some new cars.
 
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