IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT RENEWAL OF STATE OF ILLINOIS LICENSE PLATE STICKERS AND REGISTRATIONS
On September 28, 2015, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that the State of Illinois will no longer send notices reminding vehicle owners that their license plate stickers and vehicle registration cards are about to expire and need to be renewed. In the past a motorist received these notices by mail a month or two before the expiration date. The motorist could complete the form, enclose a check, and return the form and check by mail. The vehicle sticker would then be mailed to the vehicle owner.
Jesse White, Secretary of State, has posted the following explanation on Cyberdriveillinois.com, the official Web site of the Secretary of State:
“Due to the lack of a state budget resulting from the budget impasse, the Secretary of State’s office has suspended the mailing of vehicle registration reminder notices, which will save approximately $450,000 per month. By suspending this courtesy service, we prioritized the mailing of vehicle registration stickers themselves, along with titles, license plates, and critical incorporation paperwork for Illinois businesses. We encourage motorists to be aware of their license plate sticker’s expiration date. Motorists can sign up to receive notices electronically by e-mail.
Paperless License Plates Renewal Notices is the convenient and secure way for Illinois motorists to go green and receive their notice by e-mail. To receive your license plates renewal by e-mail, enter your Registration and PIN number located on the renewal notice you received in the mail or your current registration card. If you do not have a renewal notice or current registration card, please call the Public Inquiry Division at 800-252-8980 to obtain your Registration ID and PIN number.”
To renew your license plate sticker on-line, go to Cyberdriveillinois.com. You will need your license plate number, your car insurance company name, policy number, and expiration date for the vehicle of the license plate you are renewing. The cost will be $102 for regular plates. The cost for vanity plates is higher. A $2.25 fee paid to the payment processors will also be collected. Payment must be made during the renewal process using an electronic check or VISA, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express cards only.
Print out your receipt. You should receive your sticker within five to ten business days. When you receive your sticker, put it on your vehicle.
by Karen Centowski