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Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Illinois

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A certificate of title issued by the state of Illinois is a document that proves legal ownership of a vehicle. A title must be obtained when an individual purchases a new vehicle. A title transfer must also be completed when a used vehicle is sold or gifted, or when a vehicle changes hands as a result of the death of the vehicle's owner.


For new vehicles, the licensed dealer that sold the vehicle typically will accept and submit the required titling information and fees on behalf of the buyer. However, buyers wishing to handle the titling independently can do so. Those interested in applying for a new title without the dealer's assistance should refer to the How to Apply for Title and Registration page and the Title and Registration Frequently Asked Questions page on the Secretary of State Vehicle Services Department (VSD) website.


Sale/Purchase or Gift of a Used Vehicle

When you purchase a used vehicle, or obtain one as a gift, the title must be legally transferred into your name. This is done by obtaining the following documents, and submitting them along with the appropriate fees to the local VSD facility:

  1. The current title, with the assignment completed by the seller or donor (signing the title over to you). The title must include the federal odometer disclosure, if the vehicle is less than ten years old.
  2. A completed Application for Vehicle Transaction(s). The application form is available at a VSD facility or can be obtained by calling 1-800-252-8980.
  3. A completed tax form (Tax Form RUT-25 if vehicle is purchased from a dealer or Tax Form RUT-50 if vehicle is purchased from an individual). These forms can also be obtained at a VSD facility or by calling 1-800-252-8980.


Along with the appropriate transfer of title documents above, you will need to submit the following fees:

  1. $95 title fee.
  2. Vehicle use tax based on the purchase price (if it is $15,000 or greater) or the model year (if the purchase price is less than $15,000).

Contact your local VSD facility to calculate the correct amount due.
If paying by check, the title fees should be made payable to Illinois Secretary of State, and the tax payment should be made payable to Illinois Department of Revenue.

Transfer of Title Following Death of Vehicle Owner

In the event of the death of the vehicle owner, the title is often transferred to the heirs or someone else identified in the owner's will. The procedures and fees for this type of transfer are similar to those outlined above. In addition, it is important to determine how the estate of the deceased has been settled by the heir(s).
In cases when there is no will or joint ownership of property, the heirs may need to complete a Small Estate Affidavit or an Attorney's Affidavit, depending on the value of the property, and provide a copy of the death certificate along with the relevant forms.
For more information on title transfers following the death of a vehicle owner, refer to the Illinois VSD website or contact the local VSD facility.


Appropriate title transfer documents and fees should be submitted to the local VSD facility or can be mailed to:

Secretary of State
Vehicle Services Department
501 S. 2nd. St., Room 014
Springfield, IL 62756    

Additional Information

  • Contact the local VSD facility if you wish to add, remove or change a name on a vehicle title for reason other than those discussed above.
  • If there is an existing lien on the vehicle, there will be additional requirements for transferring the title.
  • A valid title provides proof of ownership of the vehicle. However, remember that a title transfer does not entitle the new owner(s) to legally operate the vehicle. For this, refer to the appropriate registration information.
Submitted by bnikolic on 3rd Dec 2015

Purchased new Nissan Altima

Purchased new Nissan Altima 2002 from Nissan Dealer, paid off my loan couple of years later, got a Title in my name. Last year while moving I lost the Title. To obtain new Title DMV needs a car loan lien release from Banco Popular that is no longer in business. What are my options if any ???

Submitted by lmschgo on 3rd Mar 2015

My vehicle title lists my

My vehicle title lists my business and my name as the owners. How do I remove reference to the company name?

Submitted by nperkyj on 11th Sep 2014

Purchased a used car from

Purchased a used car from dealorship in Naperville. Told I would receive my Title within 2 weeks. It is now 7 weeks. I was told that UPS lost the first Title so a new one had to be ordered. That was 2 weeks ago. I cannot register the car where I live in SC until I get a Title. In the meantime, I have no vehicle to drive. Any suggestions?

Submitted by howaboutanon on 23rd Jun 2015

if you didnt walk away with

if you didnt walk away with the title than your not getting one

Submitted by rogerd (not verified) on 4th Jul 2011

I am buying this tractor

I am buying this tractor trailer(trailer only) that the owner is a trucking co. in Illinois, he send me a copy of the the Illinois title everything looks ok. the trailer is in texas since it is an over the road trailer( long haul). I need to register it in Texas, what are the proper steps to do that?