As an Illinois resident, you need to renew your vehicle registration annually. That means renewing the license plate on your vehicle, and thus replacing the registration sticker on your license plate to the most current year. This can be a complicated process if you visit the Illinois Secretary of State, but it doesn’t have to be.
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The Illinois Secretary of State offices are the official departments in charge of processing license plate renewals. However, they have long lines and move at the slow pace of any government office. While in complicated cases such as last-minute renewals you may need to see the Secretary of State, you can go through other services for your basic renewal.
Before going to renew your license plate, you need to have a few things. First, make sure to have your renewal notice. The notice should contain a renewal ID and pin that are necessary to renew your plate. There is a fee associated with renewal, so have a credit card, check, or cash.
You also need to have up-to-date insurance. Be sure you know your current policy number and expiration date for that. Depending on where you go, you might not need to know your insurance information. However, it’s helpful to have on hand just in case, so you don’t have to come back again.
There are businesses that offer in-person renewal other than the Secretary of State. They don’t have the same long lines as the SOS. The benefit of renewing in person instead of by phone, mail, or online is that you get the sticker immediately. They also offer stickers for any month of the year, which means that you can get the most for your renewal fee.
Visiting the Secretary of State to renew your license plate in Illinois is time-consuming. Save yourself some time and visit a business that serves the same function. Visiting someone else in person avoids long lines and gets you your sticker right away, instead of having to wait. That way you can get on with your life.
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