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We took my wife's car in for it's required annual inspection yesterday. We were unable to find the current registration paperwork, so we said we would print a new one at home and bring by later. So, imagine my surprise when I logged into the state website to discover that the car hasn't been registered for the last year. I'm usually pretty good about handling bills and paperwork as they come in, but a report through quicken verified that, indeed, we hadn't ever paid for the registration last year. Did we never receive the reminder notice? Did we misplace it? No idea. A year or so ago, Pennsylvania stopped sending out the little registration stickers to put on the license plate that indicate the car is registered. So it never even crossed our mind that the car registration had elapsed. And apparently last year, we had the inspection done just before the new registration was required.

But, anyway it's now registered (for 2 years - a little cheaper if we keep it for 2 years) and the garage completed the inspection. Surprisingly, nothing in the process that suggests that we owe back fees or a fine for non-compliance. So, we actually saved money by not having the car registered last year. I wouldn't recommend this, though, as getting stopped could have been costly, and doing this intentionally would not exactly be legal/ethical.

I should probably make a list of all of those annual/multi-year things to review regularly, and/or put on my calendar.

Off the top of my head:

Driver's license (every 4 years)
Passport (every 10 years)
car registration (1-2 years)
taxes - Federal, State, Local, Property(x3) (annual)
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