How to register a vehicle in

Illinois

as a non-US resident

Illinois

at a glance

Major cities
Chicago
Major ports of arrival
Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
Registration challenges
In-state address required
In-state driver's license required
Average sales tax rate
8.82%

State Overview and Advice

In order to register a vehicle in Illinois, you need an Illinois driver's license and an Illinois address.

Getting an Illinois driver's license is not an easy process. We recommend starting your visit in another state, or using visitor.us' services to register a vehicle that you buy in Illinois.

The Registration Process

Illinois vehicle registrations are handled by the Secretary of State's (SOS) office.

If you buy your vehicle from a dealer and plan to register it in Illinois, the dealer will issue you an Illinois Temporary Registration Permit (TRP) and apply for title and registration on your behalf. If you plan to register your vehicle elsewhere, the dealer will issue you a 7/30 Day Intrastate/Interstate Transport Permit.

If you buy your vehicle from a private party and plan to register it in Illinois, bring the required items (below) to an Illinois SOS office in the same county as your registration address to register your vehicle. If you plan to register your vehicle elsewhere, 7/30 Day Intrastate/Interstate Transport Permits are available from Illinois SOS offices.

For vehicles being registered in Illinois, Illinois sales taxes are payable to the dealer upon sale, or the MVD upon registration (if purchased from a private party).

Taxes and Fees

Sales Tax

State sales tax

6.25%

Average local sales tax

2.57%

Average combined sales tax

8.82%

Registration fees

Light Vehicle

Fees: $301

RV

Trailer Fees: $168 - 200

RV Fees: $228 - $252

Motorcycle

Fees: $301

$15,000 car

$1,624

$50,000 RV

$4,650

$5,000 motorcycle

$632

Total taxes and fees

Registration Requirements

Prior owner's title

The vehicle's title must be signed by the owner(s) printed on the title, its odometer reading recorded (if less than 10 years in age), and be free of all liens in order for the prior owner's interest to be released.

Identification

An Illinois driver's license is required to register a vehicle in Illinois.

Bill of sale

A bill of sale is not required to register a vehicle in Illinois, although signing one with the vehicle's seller is recommended.

Application

Electronic Registration and Title

Inspection

Emissions (smog)

Emissions inspections required for most gasoline powered passenger vehicles every 2 years for vehicles newer than 1996 and older than 4 years for the following counties (Chicago Metro Area): Cook, Dupage, Lake, Kane, Kendall, McHenry, Will, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair.

Safety

Safety inspections required for most gasoline powered passenger vehicles every 2 years for vehicles newer than 1996 and older than 4 years for the following counties (Chicago Metro Area): Cook, Dupage, Lake, Kane, Kendall, McHenry, Will, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair.

VIN

A VIN inspection is required before beginning the emissions inspection process, where required.

Insurance

Illinois's minimum liability insurance limits are 20/40/15. Proof of insurance is required to register a vehicle in Illinois.

Residency

Illinois does not require proof of residency to register a vehicle.

Local Address

Vehicles registered in Illinois must be registered to an Illinois address.

The Alternative

When you sign up with visitor.us, this is what you get:

Company Formation

visitor.us forms a Limited Liability Company for you in Montana, the best state for international visitors to register vehicles.

Vehicle Purchase

Complete paperwork and funds transfer with the seller.
The seller will list your LLC and its address as the buyer on the vehicle's title, and visitor.us will arrange for it to be couriered to us for processing.

Insurance

Insurance from a top-rated insurance company that covers you, your vehicle, and your LLC.

Vehicle Registration

You buy a vehicle, we register it in MT. Why?
- MT sales tax: 0%
- Inspections not required in MT

Annual Actions

visitor.us will keep your registration current, and courier your annual decal and registration document to you ('hold at courier location for pick-up' available, if you're on the move).
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