Renewing Your Illinois License Plate Before It Expires

by | Apr 26, 2017 | Finance

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In Illinois, your license plate doesn?t last forever. In fact, the state requires drivers to renew their license plate registration each year. As of 2017, it is $101 to do this for most drivers, though some will have to pay more based on different circumstances. In Illinois, you have several ways to go about license plate renewals, including the following:

Online Renewal

One option you have is to renew your Illinois license plate online. You will need the Registration ID and the PIN, which are located on your current registration card. This number is also available on any email renewal notice you might have received. When renewing online, you can only use a credit card or a personal check.

Phone Renewal

Illinois also allows people to renew their license plate by phone. Again, you will need your Registration ID and the PIN that are on your renewal notice. Additionally, people who cannot find their notice can contact the Public Inquiry Division. When paying for license plate renewals by phone, only credit cards are accepted. No personal checks.

Mail Renewal

You also can renew your vehicle license by mail. To do this, you will have to request a renewal notice via email, and then sign and mail it in. Keep in mind that this is the slowest method of license renewal, and you should allow a minimum of 30 days for the renewal sticker to be mailed to you. Keep in mind, if you do not get the sticker in time, you could be responsible for paying fines.

In-Person Renewal

Finally, you can also visit a Secretary of State location, a bank, or currency exchange to renew your Illinois vehicle license plate. You will need to bring your payment method and your renewal notice. When you choose this method, you can pay with cash, credit card, or check. Keep in mind that lines at the SOS can be quite long, so it might be best to do this at a currency exchange.

For in-person license plate renewals, contact West Suburban Currency Exchanges, Inc. Learn more online at

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