Paperwork When Selling a Car in Illinois
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You will need to:
- Provide the official title at the time of delivery, signed over to the buyer.
- Remove the license plates from your vehicle.
You must apply for a duplicate title if the original is missing. To do that:
- Fill out an Application for Vehicle Transaction(s) VSD-190―available at your local Secretary of State office.
- Check the box for duplicate title.
- Write in the vehicle identification number (VIN), the proper odometer reading, and your signature.
- Office of the Secretary of State
- Vehicle Records Processing Division
- 501 South 2nd St., Room 424
- Springfield, IL 62756-6666
Note: Out-of-state residents cannot request a duplicate title unless they have a previous Illinois title. If you are attempting to purchase a vehicle without a title from someone in Illinois, the previous owner must apply for the duplicate title before the sale.
Before you sell your vehicle, you should make sure you're legal and up to date with the Secretary of State office. If your registration has expired but you have not yet transferred ownership, you might still need to pay late fees or renew your registration for the remainder of the time that you own the vehicle. Of course, once you sign over the title, you're no longer responsible to keep up your registration.
You must complete a Seller's Report of Sale and mail to:
- Secretary of State
- Vehicle Services Department
- Record Inquiry Division
- 501 S. Second St., Room 408
- Springfield, IL 62756
Though a bill of sale is not mandatory, state officials highly recommend keeping one for your records. You can easily download a copy from our Bill of Sale page.
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