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    Vehicle Registration Renewal in Illinois

    Before your Illinois vehicle registration expires, you need to renew it with the IL Secretary of State (SOS) Vehicle Services.

    On this page, you’ll find information about renewing your vehicle registration online, by phone, by mail, and in person.

    IL Vehicle Registration Renewal Notice

    The Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) will send you a renewal notice/application before your vehicle registration expires.

    It will contain your registration renewal code and PIN, which can be used to renew your registration online and by phone.

    Your renewal notice will also inform you whether or not your vehicle will need to pass an emissions inspection. For more information, please see IL Vehicle Emissions Testing below.

    To check your vehicle’s registration status, visit the IL DMV website and enter your VIN.

    NOTE: If you want to receive your vehicle registration notice by e-mail, visit the IL SOS website and register for “Green Mail”, Illinois’ paperless system. You will need to enter your vehicle registration ID and PIN.

    Didn't Receive a Renewal Notice?

    If you don’t have your Illinois license plate sticker renewal notice, you can renew your vehicle registration by mail or in person only. You cannot renew your IL vehicle registration online or by phone.

    To renew your vehicle registration without a renewal notice, you’ll need:

    • A letter that includes your:
      • Full name.
      • Address.
      • License plate number.
      • Vehicle make, model, year, and VIN.
    • A copy of your current registration card.
    • Payment. (See the “Fees to Renew Your Vehicle Registration” section below.)

    Take the above to your local Illinois SOS office in person, or mail the above to:

    Illinois Secretary of State
    Vehicle Services Department
    501 S. 2nd St., Rm. 011
    Springfield, IL 62756-6666

    NOTE: Vehicle registration renewals by mail can take up to 30 days to process.

    Renew Your Registration in Illinois

    If you have your registration renewal notice from the Illinois DMV, you can renew your IL vehicle registration online, by phone, by mail, and in person.

    If you don’t have our registration renewal notice, see “Didn’t Receive a Renewal Notice?” above.

    Online Renewal

    To renew your vehicle registration online, visit the Illinois SOS website and provide:

    • Your registration ID and PIN (found on your renewal notice).
    • Your insurance agency, policy number, and expiration date.
    • Payment. (See the “Fees to Renew Your Vehicle Registration” section below.)

    Please note, you cannot renew your vehicle registration online if:

    • Your vehicle information is incorrect.
    • You want your license plate sticker sent to an out-of-state address.
    • You want to change your license plate.
    • You are in the Circuit Breaker program.

    By Phone

    To renew your registration by phone, call the Illinois SOS at (866) 545-9609 and:

    • Provide your registration renewal ID code and PIN (found on your renewal notice).
    • Pay the renewal fee. (See the “Fees to Renew Your Vehicle Registration” section below.)

    By Mail Renewal

    To renew your vehicle registration by mail, you’ll need:

    • Your signed renewal notice.
    • Payment. (See the “Fees to Renew Your Vehicle Registration” section below.)

    Return your signed renewal notice and payment to the IL DMV address on your notice.

    You should receive your new vehicle registration documents and license plate stickers in the mail within 30 days.

    In Person

    To renew your vehicle registration in person, visit your local Illinois DMV office and:

    • Provide your renewal notice.
    • Pay the renewal fee. (See the “Fees to Renew Your Vehicle Registration” section below.)

    Fees to Renew Your IL Vehicle Registration

    Your registration renewal fee in Illinois will vary depending on the type of vehicle you own.

    Vehicle Registration Renewal Fees

    • Passenger vehicle: $101.
    • Trucks: $101.
    • Motorcycles: $41.
    • Additional fee for online transactions: $2.25.

    NOTE: Additional fees apply for personalized and vanity license plates.

    Replacement Registration Sticker and License Plate Fees

    • License plate sticker: $20.
    • 1 license plate: $6.
    • 2 license plates: $9.
    • 1 license plate with a sticker: $26.
    • 2 license plates with a sticker: $29.

    Accepted Forms of Payment

    For vehicle registration renewals completed online or by phone, the Illinois SOS accepts VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express credit cards only.

    For transactions completed by mail, you can pay your registration renewal with a check made payable to “Illinois Secretary of State.”

    For in person vehicle registration renewals, the Illinois DMV accepts:

    • MasterCard, Discover, and American Express credit card. *
    • Check.
    • Cash.

    * An additional processing fee will apply for credit card transactions.

    Illinois Vehicle Emissions Testing

    Before you can renew your vehicle registration, your vehicle may need to pass an emissions test.

    About 4 months before your vehicle registration expires, the IL Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will mail you an inspection notice.

    To get your vehicle tested, visit an emissions testing station near you with your emissions inspection notice.

    Your vehicle is exempt from passing an emissions test if:

    • It is older than a 2007 model year and between 8,501 and 14,000 lbs.
    • It is gas-powered and over 14,000 lbs.

    When your vehicle passes, your testing station will notify the Illinois SOS electronically and you’ll be able to renew your registration.

    Replace Your IL Registration or License Plate

    If your registration sticker or IL license plate is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can request a duplicate by mail or in person. You cannot request a duplicate online.

    You’ll need:

    Take the above to your local Illinois DMV office, or mail it to:

    Illinois Secretary of State
    Vehicle Services Department
    501 S. 2nd St., Rm. 011
    Springfield, IL 62756-6666

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