JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri drivers could soon be putting their vehicle registration stickers in a different place — inside their windshields instead of on their license plates.

Legislation passed by the House would require the state Department of Revenue to begin issuing the windshield stickers next year. Owners of trailers or motorcycles would still receive registration stickers for those license plates.

Motorists in many states place the stickers inside their windshields. Missouri requires them to be placed on license plates, where they’re easy targets for thieves.

House Republican Charlie Denison, of Springfield, says the switch would prevent those thefts and save time for vehicle owners and police.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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