Until recently, the Illinois Secretary of State’s (SoS) Office sent out courtesy reminders regarding vehicle registration renewal deadlines and procedures. I, and many others, relied upon those notices to stay up to date and keep our vehicles properly registered with the state. 

Going forward, you will no longer receive reminders through the U.S. mail and should instead be sure to take some new steps ahead of time to keep your registration current.

First, be sure to check your license plate stickers to determine the expiration month of your current registration as soon as possible. Second, I encourage you to visit the SoS website and sign up for courtesy email reminders. You will need your vehicle registration ID and PIN. 

If you have further questions, visit the SoS website or call SoS at 1-800-252-8980. 

There are various options for renewing your registration and stickers, including an online option, or by visiting an SoS facility, but you will need to be mindful of the timing and expiration month as indicated by the colored sticker on your license plate. Again, more detailed information and links to forms and payment options are available at the SoS website.

Finally, I strongly encourage you to share this news with your friends and neighbors. Many have expressed frustration with the inconvenience and confusion this change may cause. 

As explained on the SoS website, Secretary of State Jesse White suspended the courtesy reminders due to budget constraints in order to save an estimated $450,000 per month. Governor Rauner vetoed the budget bill that the General Assembly had approved last year to fund these services. 

Mindful of all of the many important and necessary services SoS provides, Secretary White had to work within the budget available to his department. Now it is everyone’s job to adjust and help make sure that our constituents, friends and neighbors are not caught by surprise!

Don Harmon is state senator of the 39th District, which includes Oak Park.

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