It is mandatory for the drivers in the state of Illinois to renew car registration at a specific time each year. Disregarding this obligation may lead to unwanted consequences, such as penalties and late fees. Fortunately, the Illinois Vehicle Services Department offers several ways for renewing car registration, so you can choose the most convenient method.
IL VSD allows residents to renew car registration in one of the manners below:
In the state of Illinois, the IL SOS will not mail your renew notice to you, so unless you sign up to have your renewal notice mailed to you, you must complete the car registration renewal process in person at your local Secretary of State’s office. The officials in the office will ask you to present the following items:
Renewing car registration online is fairly straightforward and hassle-free, as long as you are eligible to do it. The first thing you need to do is visit the official website of the Illinois SOS and click on the renewal application. In order to fill the application with the proper vehicle information, have the following documents on hand:
Prior to applying, make sure you meet the necessary requirements for online application. Remember that you are not qualified to have your car registration renewed online, if one of the following applies:
Note: Print out the transaction receipt because it will later serve as proof for your car registration renewal.
If you prefer to complete the car registration renewal by mail, all you need to do is gather the following documents:
Once you have collected the documentation, put in a mailing package and mail it to the address written on the notice. Your new vehicle registration documents will be mailed to you within 30 days.
To renew expired car registration by phone, make sure you have the following documents before making the call:
To complete the process, call the Illinois SOS at 1-866-545-9609 and follow the verbal instructions.
The process of renewing car registration does come with certain charges. It is important to keep these numbers in mind:
Note: If you would like to have your license plates personalized and custom-made, you will be required to pay additional fees.