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Why do some cars have a number printed on a piece of paper taped to their back windshields?

Asked by sarahsugs (2898points) December 30th, 2006
The number is usually white on a red background, usually a 1 or a 2.
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andrew's avatar
I wondered this for a very long time. It is a California temporary license plate.
sarahsugs's avatar
Hm. The numbers I'm talking about are just one single digit. (a 1 or a 2.) That doesn't seem like enough to be a temporary license plate. Thoughts???
andrew's avatar
No, it's true.
andrew's avatar
I just converted my license to California and have a small number with a red background hanging in my back window. I think it's more along the lines of signalling to the cops that you have a temporary license/registration, the actual paperwork is inside the car. At least for me.
ironhiway's avatar

The number is the month it expires and the rest of the paper work needs to be finished, so the owner can get the year sticker for the plate.

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