Renewing Your Registration in Four Easy Steps

May 8th, 2013 by

Car-RegistrationIn order to legally drive, your vehicle must be registered and renewed every 12 months. But this mandatory process is really quite simple. Your registration sticker indicates the month before which you have to get your registration renewed, but you should get a renewal notice in the mail a few months before your registration expires. This notice provides helpful information on the renewal process, including instructions for renewing online or by phone. If you don’t receive a notice, or you want to make sure that you’ll receive one when it’s time for you to renew your registration, call or send an e-mail to the Secretary of State’s office.

1. Determine Your Eligibility for Renewing Online or by Phone

The easiest way to renew your registration is by phone or online, but not everyone is eligible to renew using these methods. Check the Secretary of State’s website to determine your eligibility for online renewal. Your renewal notice should also supply this information.

2. Gather Your Documents

In order to renew your registration, you’ll need a few important documents. If you’ll be renewing in person, you’ll need your current registration or renewal notice. You’ll also need a check, cash, or some other means of paying your renewal fee. If you’re renewing by mail, you’ll just need your renewal card and a check. To renew by phone or online, you’ll just need the information from your renewal notice, your insurance information, and your credit/debit card number or checking account info.

3. Renew by Phone, Mail, Online, or In Person

The actual renewal process is generally quite simple. If you’re doing it in person, it’s as easy as stopping by your local Secretary of State location, currency exchange, or participating bank. To renew by mail, you’ll just need to sign your name on your renewal card and send it with your check to the Secretary of State Vehicle Services Department at 501 S. 2nd St., Room 011, Springfield, IL. Renewing by phone is as easy as calling (866) 545-9609. To renew online, just go to the Secretary of State’s website.

4. Don’t Forget Your Sticker!

This last step might seem obvious, but it’s of paramount importance: of your vehicle’s registration sticker is out of date, you can’t legally drive it!