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Pilot program should improve vehicle tag renewals

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GALLATIN, TN (WSMV) -

A pilot program to change vehicle registrations should save taxpayers and reduce the chance of theft.

Sumner County is combining vehicle registrations and tag decals onto one piece of paper, beginning with renewals for 2015.

Employees had previously stapled the sticker to the paperwork.

Clerk Bill Kemp volunteered for the test program, and hopes it will soon be used in other counties.

"We do believe it's going to make our employees more efficient, because it's printing everything on one form as we go. We also think it will be an added benefit for law enforcement," Kemp said. "It would make it a deterrent because the decals will now have the license plate numbers printed on it."

A vehicle's license place number is printed in smaller text below the "15" for 2015 renewals.

Police have struggled with decals being stolen off cars and used on plates with invalid registration. Metro police have even suggested drivers slice an "X" across their sticker to make it difficult to remove.

The updated paperwork means Sumner County registrations will look slightly different from those used in other parts of Tennessee. Officials say they are notifying law enforcement agencies of the change.

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