Q: Dear Trooper Troy: I’ve noticed that the tabs on our license plates change color every year.

Q: Dear Trooper Troy: I’ve noticed that the tabs on our license plates change color every year. Who decides what color the Minnesota registration tabs on license plates should be?

A: Trooper Troy Says: The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) use five colors for registration stickers: red, gold, blue, green and white. DVS chose those colors with the intention that they will be easily visible and recognizable for law enforcement.

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.

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota send your questions to Sgt. Troy Christianson – Minnesota State Patrol at 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester MN 55901-5848.  (Or reach him at, Troy.Christianson@state.mn.us)