For many, getting a new car is an exciting milestone. However, new car owners must complete some paperwork before the car is legal to drive. One required task is vehicle registration. In Illinois, there are several steps one must take to apply for new registration. Fortunately, the process is relatively straightforward. Registration procedures and prices vary based on the type of vehicle that’s being registered (including trucks and motorcycles) as well as any special features like vanity plates. In addition to the registration application, there are separate charges for the title fee and taxes.
Illinois residents and people planning to move to the state can get their vehicles registered in Illinois. New residents have 30 days after changing their residence to an Illinois address to register a car. Cars must be registered in person at the Secretary of State (SOS) office. The documents required to register the vehicle are: valid car insurance, the title, a statement verifying the odometer reading, and the Form VSD 190, which is also called the Application for Vehicle Transaction. This form can be downloaded and printed through the state’s DMV website, which saves time during the registration process. The registration fee ranges from $101 – $114. An additional fee of $95 is added for the title fee. Tax fees are also added on to the registration total.
The registration process is slightly different for new residents. New residents have a period of 30 days to get their vehicle registered and get a new title after becoming a resident. In-state auto insurance must also be acquired to register the car. New residents must also register their car in person at the local SOS office. Required documents include the Form VSD 190, which can either be picked up at the local SOS office or downloaded online through the state’s Electronic Registration and Title system. Applicants should be aware that there is a time period of one week (seven days) to submit the form to the SOS office once it’s been downloaded from the website. The VSD 190 must be turned in at the same time as the other required documents. Proof of state residency is also mandatory, as are the original registration and title. If the title is held by a lien holder from another state, the applicant must show either a certificate of origin and a copy of the title, or the bill of sale and a copy of the loan agreement. Information about the vehicle must also be provided, including the make, model, and year, the vehicle identification number (VIN), the purchase date, and whether the car is new or used. A tax form is also a required for registration. If the car was purchased from a private owner, the applicant must complete the RUT-50 Private Party Vehicle Tax Transaction. If the car was purchased from a dealer, the appropriate tax form is the RUT-25 Vehicle Use Tax Transaction Return. New residents are subject to the same registration rates as current residents. The registration fee ranges from $101 – $114, the title fee is $95, and tax payments are calculated individually based on the car’s value.
Applicants should note that timelines apply to automobiles purchased from a private seller. This applies to all cars, even those that were gifted and inherited. Vehicles purchased from a private seller must be registered within 20 days after the date of purchase. When the car is purchased directly from a dealership, the dealership is responsible for handling the registration process. Regardless of whether a car is purchased from a private party or from a dealership, however, the buyer is required to have auto insurance before registering.
Lastly, a tip to keep in mind when registering a vehicle is that special prices may apply for vehicles meeting certain conditions. Electric cars, for instance, may be eligible for a reduced registration rate through the Alternative Fuels Data Center’s Electric Vehicle Registration Fee Reduction program. Vanity or custom license plates will add an additional fee to the cost of registration.