Ask a Trooper: The changing colors of license plate tabs

Troy Christianson
Redwood Falls Gazette

I’m trying to figure out if 2019 license tab stickers were blue? I can’t find any place online that documents the sticker color by year. I know there is a rotation because 2020 is green and 2021 is red.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) uses five colors for registration stickers: red, gold, blue, white and green.

The DVS chose those colors with the intention that they will be easily visible and recognizable for law enforcement. The license plate tab sticker color for 2019 was white.

Future tab colors will be 2021-red, 2022-gold, 2023-blue, 2024-white and 2025-green.

Under Minnesota law, license plates must display the expiration month in the lower left corner of each plate and the year of expiration in the lower right corner.

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If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send them to Sgt. Troy Christianson, Minnesota State Patrol, 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester, MN, 55901-5848, or reach him at