Period for Vehicle Registration Renewal Extended Again
Drivers Have Until Jan. 31 to Renew Their Sticker
SAN JUAN — After last week the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP) extended the sale of 2021 vehicle registration stickers in authorized inspection centers until Jan. 31, Secretary-designate Eileen M. Vélez Vega said Monday that the extension remains in effect amid complaints from hundreds of drivers who cannot purchase these due to the shortage of stickers at the points of sale.
As explained by Vélez Vega, the problem has to do with the 2021 stickers, not those valid until 2022 and is as a consequence of the changes and adjustments made by the pandemic.
“Stickers have been running out at [vehicle] inspection centers due to the demand we had as a result of the pandemic. Right now, there are around 150,000 2021 stickers at banks, collections offices, cooperatives and inspection centers,” the official explained during the press conference.
The secretary indicated that one of the peculiarities of sticker availability is that they run out more quickly in inspection centers than in other points of sale; therefore, to speed up the process of distribution, her agency took precautionary measures.
“People prefer to go to these [inspection centers] and what we have done is that those [stickers] that they return to us from the bank because they were not sold, we are redistributing them in the Cescos [Spanish acronym for Drivers Service Center] so that the inspection center can then pick them up there,” said Vélez Vega while urging drivers to be patient given that there are enough 2022 stickers available.
“If your sticker expires now in January 2021, then the 2022 sticker applies to you and there is no problem there. There are 960,000 stickers for that year that were already delivered between November and December. There is no need to be alarmed because they are available at all points of sale,” she said.
The current regulation of the Department of the Treasury #7831 of March 29, 2010, determines that an inspection center has until Dec. 31 for the sale of registration stickers for the current year, with this extension, the center has until Jan. 31, 2021, to give drivers enough time to fulfill their responsibility.
However, the official reminded drivers that after Jan. 31, the date on which the extension ends, there will be no more 2021 stickers available (red).
Vélez Vega said that all Cescos are working from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.