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DMV Alerts Law Enforcement to Changes in Print on Demand Temp Tags

August 24, 2011 | Virginia News

News Image Dealers now issuing tags in three different formats

Since Virginia automobile dealers began the transition to the Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) Print-on-Demand (PoD) temporary tags in December 2009, nearly 295,000 PoD tags have been issued.

The PoD program allows dealers to print temporary tags on standard white 8 ½ x 11 paper from their own printers.

The tags attach to the vehicle via a plastic sleeve. Some dealers are making the switch to printing PoD tags on a more durable weather resistant cardstock that is affixed to vehicles like permanent plates rather than in a plastic sleeve. 

Law enforcement should be aware that temporary tags are now in three different formats: cardboard red tags, PoD tags in a plastic sleeve and PoD tags on weather resistant paper stock.

The PoD tags printed on weather resistant stock look the same as the standard paper PoD tags displaying vehicle information and the issuing dealer’s name. The temporary registration card prints on the same sheet and is torn off along the perforated edge and given to the customer.

Unlike the cardboard temporary tags, law enforcement look up PoD tag numbers in the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) to access vehicle and owner information and get an immediate response just like checking information on a permanent plate.

For more information about PoD, visit and click on Commercial Services and then Dealer Services or contact the Print on Demand Help Desk at (804) 367-1474 or {