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State Introduces 'Enhanced Tabs' to Battle License Plate Tab Theft

The Missouri Department of Revenue Director Alana Barragan-Scott joined local law enforcement officers Tuesday to introduce a new program that will help prevent the theft and counterfeiting of vehicle license plate tabs. KSMU’s Ryan Welch has this report.

The new “enhanced security tabs” issued at four area license offices will include the license plate’s unique letters and numbers. For example, if a person’s license plate reads ABC-123, the little sticker that’s printed in the office will boldly read ABC-123 as well.

Missouri Department of Revenue Director Alana Barragan-Scott says the new enhanced tabs will greatly deter would-be thieves from stealing the tabs.

“The potential market for forgers, with enhanced tabs, will now be greatly reduced because the fake, generic tabs won’t match the specific tabs issued at the license offices,” said Barragan-Scott.

Barragan-Scott says it will cost the department about $130,000 per year, but will not add to the customers’ fees.

Springfield joins St. Louis, Kansas City, and Jefferson City as the cities in Missouri that now have the enhanced tabs. The plan is to eventually offer the enhanced tabs at all license offices in Missouri.

Barragan-Scott says about 5,700 enhanced tabs have been issued to customers of the four Greene County license offices since November 1. Citizens renewing by mail or online also receive enhanced tabs.

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For KSMU News, I’m Ryan Welch.