So...the image above was taken Monday afternoon, January 14 of 2019. That is my registration which is to be done July of every year. I didn't do it. I have been driving my car for six months with expired registration.

I discovered this embarrassing error this past Saturday (January 12) when I was going through a drawer that I keep paperwork in and found this envelope.

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We all get that envelope a month or two before the registration is due. As you can see, it is unopened. I found this odd, obviously, so I went out to my car and saw that my sticker still had 07 18 on it. I didn't register my vehicle last year!

The more I think about this, the more I'm baffled as to why I didn't do it and how I never noticed the expiration. I usually put that envelope in a spot so I don't forget. Apparently, the spot I picked was that drawer for some reason. And guess what? I forgot to do it.

Anyway, I got my car inspected, as you're supposed to do before getting it registered, and picked up my new sticker.

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This baffling mistake did bring up some questions to ask at the registration office:

  • If had let it go for the full year, would I have received the letter to renew the registration for my vehicle for next year? According to the very nice clerk I talked to, I wouldn't.
  • Could I have lost my vehicle, i.e. could someone have filed for a lost title or another avenue to get my vehicle? No. There is a whole other process to do that.
  • Why did I get a December date to get the next sticker as opposed to the original July date? Each month that it's not registered past the original date, the registration is extended 11 months out from when you came in. I came in in January so December I renew again.

You may have known all that but I didn't because I have never done this before.

Wow. Just wow.

Needless to say, I won't be forgetting this year. Hell, I may even do it early just to make sure.