The change came about January 1st and you can see them on cars now ... the red stickers have a year tab on them and a watermark. The tab is also registered and can be run through the DMV to determine the sticker and the vehicle it is registered to. Apparently they had a lot of fraud when the previous ones were on notepads, and, there was really no way to verify when/if they were legitimately issued since all writing was done by hand on the old ones, and there issuance was not registered in CLETS.
Quoting That Guy
From the original memo from DMV (I have a copy on my computer at home):
Changes were made to the Temporary Operating Permit increasing the size to 7” X 5 1/2”. A silver colored sticker was added to the bottom right corner of the permit. Please see attached example.
The operator of a vehicle displaying a Temporary Operating Permit must be prepared to present documentation to law enforcement supporting the temporary status.
The memo does not indicate that the 30-90 day delay has changed, but i recall seeing that in a subsequent memo ... maybe not. All previous stickers became invalid on 3/31/09.