Illinois License Plates will be receiving a make-over.
Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White, announced that he will be launching a license plate replacement program in January.
As a license plate’s reflectivity fades over time, the replacement program is designed to replace these plates to ensure that Law Enforcement are able to quickly and accurately identify plate numbers. In order to guarantee that this replacement plan is cost-effective, the oldest plates are being replaced first. Beginning in January, license plates that were manufactured in 2000 and 2001 will be replaced. In 2018, license plates manufactured in 2002 and 2003 will be replaced. The B-Truck license plate replacement program is expected to begin in 2018 as well.
Individuals who qualify for the license plate replacement program will be notified by mail. Those that do qualify will receive a yellow sticker with a “T” on it when they renew their vehicle registration. New license plates with a new sticker should then be mailed to the individual within 60 days. Old license plates can then be recycled by being placed in the tamper-proof bin at the Secretary of State facility. Individuals that do not qualify for the replacement program but are wishing to replace their license plate may request a new one at www.cyberdriveillinois.com. A $29 replacement fee will apply. License plates that were manufactured after 2001 and are showing signs of wear and tear are eligible for replacement at www.cyberdriveillinois.com with no replacement fee.
Secretary of State, Jesse White stated, “This is a forward-thinking, long-term solution that does not require a complete replating overhaul, which would cost around $60 million. This plan removes older plates and replaces them with newly designed plates within our current budget. This will ensure that plates are appropriately replaced with the ultimate goal being no licence plate on the road will be more than 10-years-old.”
Vehicle registrations may be renewed by visiting a Secretary of State facility, online at www.cyberdriveillinois.com, by mail, or by calling 800-252-8980.