One by one on Friday morning, people like Johnny Perry filed into Metro's North Precinct hoping to get their license plate stickers renewed before the week's end.
Around the building are warning signs because these stickers are expensive and decal thefts are a big problem, or at least, they were.
"I think our customers are going to be really, really happy with this," said Davidson County Clerk Brenda Wynn.
Starting on Tuesday, for the first time, the Davidson County Clerk's Office will start printing actual license plate numbers on their stickers with a new program called Decals on Demand.
"If the police happen to pull someone over and that license plate number is not associated with the decal, you know that it's been stolen," Wynn said.
They'll also be printing the decals on self-destructing paper. If a thief tries to peel the sticker off, it automatically disintegrates.
That means your sticker is now safe, but once you place it on your license plate, you've got to leave it.
"So if you put it on crooked, just leave it on crooked," Wynn said.
Everything will now print out on one sheet of paper, unlike before.
"This saves a bit more time," Wynn said.
And they'll be using a lot less of it.
"It's going to print on one-third of the paper that it had printed on in the past, so yes, it's going to save some trees, for us, for sure," Wynn said.
Eventually, the court clerk hopes to advance the technology to where when a thief tries to peel the sticker, the word "void" will suddenly appear.
The long-term goal is to get kiosks so people like Perry never have to spend their Friday morning in line.
"I like one-stop shopping. Any time you can conduct business with the government in one place, quick and simple, it's much easier," Perry said.
The changes start on Tuesday. Drivers do not have to do anything special, they'll just get the new type of sticker the next time they renew. This does not affect online purchases - those who pay for their stickers online will still get them in the mail.
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