Beginning in January 2017, my office will launch a license plate replacement program designed to replace the oldest license plates with newly designed plates at no additional cost to Illinois taxpayers. Under this innovative and cost-efficient program, the oldest license plates will be replaced first. In 2017, passenger plates that were manufactured in 2000 and 2001 will be replaced. In 2018, passenger plates that were manufactured in 2002 and 2003 will be replaced. Each year the office will continue to replace older license plates with the newly issued plate. The process will start again in 2027, replacing the plates issued in 2017. B-truck license plate replacement is expected to begin in 2018.
The purpose of the program is to ensure – both now and in the future – that older license plates on Illinois roads are replaced. License plates reflectivity diminishes with age, which impacts your ability to quickly and accurately identify license plate numbers.
Under this innovative program, when owners pay the renewal fee for their 2017 registration, they will be issued a yellow renewal sticker with the letter “T” and the word “TEMPORARY” to place on the rear plate of their vehicle where the present vehicle registration sticker is located. Within 60 days after renewal, the vehicle owner will receive the new license plates with a yellow registration renewal sticker already attached. This renewal sticker will contain the month and year of expiration with the language “NEW PLATE” under the expiration date. No additional identifying information or language will appear on either the “T” sticker or the 2018 renewal sticker. The following year when the vehicle is registered, the renewal sticker will feature the month and date of expiration, license plate number and sticker number. Please note: Renewal sticker colors will change with each renewal registration year.
When the vehicle registration is renewed and the “T” sticker is issued, the vehicle’s renewal information will be updated in LEADS and the actual month and year expiration date will be on record in order to avoid confusion during law enforcement stops or inquiries. Law enforcement may also request information 24/7 by contacting my Police Inquiry at 217-785-0309.
To assist law enforcement, my office has designed a card with information about the program and graphics depicting the design of the new license plates and stickers. I have included a copy of this card, which is specifically designed to fit into an officer’s ticket book for easy reference.
If you or your staff would like additional copies of the informational card, a copy of a short Power Point presentation or if you have any additional inquiries, please contact Mary Riseling with the Secretary of State’s office at 217-524-1166 or at MRiseling@ilsos.net.
To view the PDF or download the the Document click here.