Online Staff Report
Legislation proposed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to allow a printed receipt from the Secretary of State to serve temporarily as the vehicle renewal sticker was approved today by the Illinois House of Representatives.
Senate Bill 2802 would allow motorists to drive without an up-to-date vehicle renewal sticker affixed to their license plate provided they have a receipt from the Secretary of State that proves they purchased a sticker online before expiration, but have not yet received the registration sticker. The receipt is valid for no more than 30 days from the expiration of the previous registration’s sticker’s date.
“This is another consumer friendly initiative that encourages online transactions with my office,” said White. “Our Driver Services facilities have many customers come in to buy their stickers a day or two before they are set to expire. This bill will allow such customers to make the same purchase online, and then use the receipt as proof of up-to-date registration compliance.”
Last year, more than 150,000 customers purchased vehicle renewal registration stickers during the last two days in May. The vast majority of customers visited a facility to conduct these transactions; just over 6,300 people purchased their renewal stickers online.
White’s office has continually worked to provide more services online to further improve customer convenience. Over the last seven years, internet transactions have increased by more than 300 percent in the Secretary of State’s office.
Senate Bill 2802 was sponsored by State Sen. Patricia Van Pelt, D-Chicago, and Illinois Rep. Arthur Turner, D-Chicago.