As soon as license plates are lost, stolen or illegible they must be replaced. In order to replace your plates you must:
These are the different types of plates in the regular series: Amateur Radio, Antique Vehicle, B-truck, Hearing Impaired, Motorcycle, Passenger, Person's with Disabilities, Recreational Trailer and Recreational Vehicle. Please see the proper application forms for various license plates. When you have completed the forms, take them to your local VSD office and submit them with the appropriate fees (see below).
Special Interest Plates are divided into the following categories: Personalized, Special Event, Specialty, Truck and Trailer, and Vanity. The following is a list of some examples of special interest plates: Agriculture in the Classroom, Collegiate Series, Environmental, Fire Chief, Sporting Series and Wildlife Prairie Park. Click on these links to access more information and in some cases, applications forms for acquiring the different types of special interest plates - Personalized Plates, Special Event Plates, Specialty License Plates. Truck and Trailer Plates, and Vanity License Plates. When you have completed the forms, take them to your local VSD office and submit them with the appropriate fees (see below). You can also choose a plate online by visiting Illinois' Pick a Plate Online webpage.
The fees for replacing a license plate or getting new plates vary depending on the type of plate you need. For more information on these fees please follow the link for Standard Plates Fees, Personalized Plates Fees and Vanity Plates Fees.
Secretary of State
Special Plates Division
501 S. Second St., Rm. 539
Springfield, IL 62756
Under Illinois Law it is NOT mandatory to retain standard license plates from a vehicle when selling. The plates will remain with the buyer once the ownership of the vehicle has been transferred; however, if the plates are special interest or personalized then there are two options for the seller. He can keep the plates for another vehicle; or release the plate to the buyer.