Illinois License Plate Information Summary
Illinois license plates are required for every driver in the state. You will get your plates – and renew them – when you register and reregister your vehicle. In general, you can transfer your license plates from an older vehicle to a newer vehicle.
Illinois License Plates Offered
License plates come from the office of the Secretary of State, not the DMV like in most parts of the country. You can get standard Illinois license plates, disabled plates, or plates that serve various causes.
Contacting the office of the Secretary of State will give you the full range currently offered.
Plates must be placed on the front and back of your vehicle. The exception is motorcycles, which only need them on the back.
You can get temporary Illinois license plates from the Secretary of State's office, your dealership, a currency exchange office, or a remittance agent.
When You Need To Get Illinois License Plates
If you move to Illinois, you have 30 days to get license plates. If you live there and did not get a temporary license plate, you have 20 days to get one. With the temporary plate, you get 90 days.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
When your registration is due to be renewed, so are your Illinois license plates. You'll then get a new sticker to put on your back plate showing you are up to date.
If Your Illinois License Plates Are Stolen
If your Illinois license plates are damaged or stolen, you need to get them replaced by the Secretary of State's office. Recently, most counties have included an online option to report the damage or theft.
Replacement will cost $6 for one plate, $9 for both plates, and $20 for your stickers.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
You can always transfer the Illinois license plates from one vehicle you own to a newer vehicle.
If you are a joint owner of the vehicle, you can have the plates completely transferred to your name when your spouse dies. If you were not a joint owner of the vehicle, when your spouse dies you must wait until probate is done before you can transfer the license plates to your name.
It will cost you $25 to transfer your plate.
There is never any need to surrender your license plate.
Illinois License Plate Costs
The cost for an Illinois license plate is $101 for a passenger vehicle, and $41 for a motorcycle.