Vehicle renewal sticker receipt law takes effect Jan. 1

Online Staff Report

Legislation proposed by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (D) to allow a printed receipt from the Secretary of State to serve temporarily as the vehicle renewal sticker becomes law Jan. 1, 2015.

Public Act 98-1103 will allow motorists to drive without an up-to-date vehicle renewal sticker affixed to their license plate provided they have a receipt in their vehicle from the Secretary of State that proves they purchased a sticker online before expiration, but have not yet received it. 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 new law will allow such customers to make the same purchase online, and then use the receipt as proof of up-to-date registration compliance.”

In October 2014, more than 104,000 customers purchased vehicle renewal registration stickers during the last two days of the month. The vast majority of these customers visited a facility to conduct these transactions, with just more than 5,000 people purchasing their renewal stickers online.

White’s office continues to provide more services online to further improve customer convenience. Over the last seven years, Internet transactions have increased by nearly 300 percent in the Secretary of State’s office.

Senate Bill 2802 was sponsored by state Sen. Patricia Van Pelt, D-Chicago, and state Rep. Arthur Turner, D-Chicago.

Posted Dec. 31, 2014

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