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VEHICLES625 ILCS 5/2-128
(625 ILCS 5/) Illinois Vehicle Code.
(625 ILCS 5/2-128)
(Source: P.A. 94-470, eff. 8-4-05. Repealed internally, eff. 1-1-07.)
625 ILCS 5/Ch. 3
(625 ILCS 5/Ch. 3 heading)
CERTIFICATES OF TITLE AND
REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES
625 ILCS 5/Ch. 3 Art. I
(625 ILCS 5/Ch. 3 Art. I heading)
CERTIFICATES OF TITLE
625 ILCS 5/3-100
(625 ILCS 5/3-100)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 3-100)
For the purposes of this Chapter, the following words shall
have the meanings ascribed to them:
"Electronic" includes electrical, digital, magnetic, optical,
electromagnetic, or any other form of technology that entails capabilities
similar to these technologies.
"Electronic record" means a record generated, communicated, received, or
stored by electronic means for use in an information system or for
transmission from one information system to another.
"Electronic signature" means a signature in electronic form attached to or
logically associated with an electronic record.
"Owner" means a person who holds legal document of ownership of a vehicle,
limited to a certificate of origin, certificate of title, salvage certificate,
or junking certificate. However, in the event a vehicle is the subject of an
agreement for the conditional sale or lease thereof with the
right of purchase upon performance of the conditions stated in the
agreement and with an immediate right of possession vested in the
conditional vendee or lessee, or in the event a mortgagor of such vehicle
is entitled to possession, then such conditional vendee or lessee or
mortgagor shall be deemed the owner for the purpose of this Chapter,
except as provided under paragraph (c) of Section 3-118.
"Record" means information that is inscribed, stored, or otherwise fixed
on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium
and is retrievable in perceivable form.
"Signature" or "signed" includes any symbol executed or adopted, or any
security procedure employed or adopted, using electronic means or
otherwise, by or on behalf of a person with intent to authenticate a
"Vehicle" means a vehicle as defined in Section 1-217 of this Code. Unless otherwise specified, "vehicle" also means a "manufactured home" as defined in Section 1-144.03 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 98-749, eff. 7-16-14.)
625 ILCS 5/3-100.1
(625 ILCS 5/3-100.1)
Use of electronic records.
(a) To the extent authorized by the Secretary of State and in accordance
with standards and procedures prescribed by the Secretary of State:
(1) Certificates, certifications, affidavits,
applications, assignments, statements, notices, documents, and other records required under this Chapter may be created, distributed, and received in electronic form.
(2) Signatures required under this Chapter may be
made as electronic signatures or may be waived.
(3) Delivery of records required under this Chapter
may be made by any means, including electronic delivery.
(4) Fees and taxes required to be paid under this
Chapter may be made by electronic means; provided that any forms, records, electronic records, and methods of electronic payment relating to the filing and payment of taxes shall be prescribed by the Department of Revenue.
(b) Electronic records accepted by the Secretary of State have the
same force and effect as records created on paper by writing, typing,
printing, or similar means. The procedures established by the
Secretary of State concerning the acceptance of electronic filings
and electronic records shall ensure that the electronic filings and
electronic records are received and stored accurately and that they
are readily available to satisfy any statutory requirements that call
for a written record.
(c) Electronic signatures accepted by the Secretary of State shall have the
same force and effect as manual signatures.
(d) Electronic delivery of records accepted by the Secretary of State shall
have the same force and effect as physical delivery of records.
(e) Electronic records and electronic signatures accepted by the Secretary
of State shall be admissible in all administrative, quasi-judicial,
and judicial proceedings. In any such proceeding, nothing in the
application of the rules of evidence shall apply so as to deny the
admissibility of an electronic record or electronic signature into
evidence on the sole ground that it is an electronic record or
electronic signature, or on the grounds that it is not in its
original form or is not an original. Information in the form of an
electronic record shall be given due evidentiary weight by the trier
(Source: P.A. 91-772, eff. 1-1-01.)
625 ILCS 5/3-100.2
(625 ILCS 5/3-100.2)
Electronic access; agreements with
(a) The Secretary of State may require a licensee under Chapter 3 or 5 of this Code to submit
any record required to be submitted to the Secretary of State by
using electronic media deemed feasible by the Secretary of State, in addition to
requiring the actual submittal of the original paper
record. The Secretary of State may also allow a
person or licensee to receive any record to be provided by the Secretary of State
by using electronic media deemed feasible by the Secretary of State,
instead of providing the original paper record.
(b) Electronic submittal, receipt, and delivery of records and electronic
signatures may be authorized or accepted by the Secretary of State,
when supported by a signed agreement between the Secretary of State
and the submitter. The agreement shall require, at a minimum, each
record to include all information necessary to complete a
transaction, certification by the submitter upon its best knowledge as to the
the data to be
submitted to the Secretary of State, and retention by the submitter of
(c) The Secretary of State may establish minimum
transaction volume levels, audit and security
standards, technological requirements, and other terms
and conditions he or she deems necessary for approval of the
electronic delivery process.
(d) When an agreement is made to accept electronic
records, the Secretary of State shall not be required
to produce a written record for
the submitter with whom the Secretary of State has
the agreement until requested to do so by the submitter.
(e) Upon the request of a lienholder submitter, the Secretary of State shall
provide electronic notification to the
lienholder submitter to verify the notation and perfection of the lienholder's
security interest in a vehicle for which the certificate of title is an
electronic record. Upon receipt of an electronic message from a lienholder
submitter with a security interest in a vehicle for which the certificate of
title is an electronic record that the lien should be released, the Secretary
of State shall enter the appropriate electronic record of the release of lien
and print and mail a paper certificate of title to the owner or lienholder at
no expense. The Secretary of State may also mail the certificate to any other
person that delivers to the Secretary of State an authorization from the owner
to receive the certificate. If another lienholder holds a properly perfected
security interest in the vehicle as reflected in the records of the Secretary
of State, the certificate shall be delivered to that lienholder instead of the
(Source: P.A. 97-838, eff. 7-20-12.)
625 ILCS 5/3-100.3
(625 ILCS 5/3-100.3)
The Secretary of State may adopt rules to implement
(Source: P.A. 91-772, eff. 1-1-01.)
625 ILCS 5/3-101
(625 ILCS 5/3-101)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 3-101)
Certificate of title required.
(a) Except as provided in Section 3-102, every owner of a vehicle which
is in this State and for which no certificate of title has been issued by
the Secretary of State shall make application to the Secretary of State
for a certificate of title of the vehicle.
(b) Every owner of a motorcycle or motor driven cycle purchased new
on and after January 1, 1980 shall make application to the Secretary of
State for a certificate of title. However, if such cycle is not properly
manufactured or equipped for general highway use pursuant to the provisions
of this Act, it shall not be eligible for license registration, but shall
be issued a distinctive certificate of title except as provided in Sections
3-102 and 3-110 of this Act.
(c) The Secretary of State shall not register or renew the registration
of a vehicle unless a certificate of title has been issued by the Secretary
of State to the owner or an application therefor has been delivered by the
owner to the Secretary of State.
(d) Every owner of an all-terrain vehicle or off-highway motorcycle
purchased on or after January 1, 1998 shall make application to the
Secretary of State for a certificate of title.
(e) Every owner of a low-speed vehicle manufactured after January 1, 2010 shall make application to the Secretary of State for a certificate of title.
(Source: P.A. 96-653, eff. 1-1-10; 97-983, eff. 8-17-12.)
625 ILCS 5/3-102
(625 ILCS 5/3-102)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 3-102)
No certificate of title need be obtained for:
1. a vehicle owned by the State of Illinois; or a
vehicle owned by the United States unless it is registered in this State;
2. a vehicle owned by a manufacturer or dealer and
held for sale, even though incidentally moved on the highway or used for purposes of testing or demonstration, provided a dealer reassignment area is still available on the manufacturer's certificate of origin or the Illinois title; or a vehicle used by a manufacturer solely for testing;
3. a vehicle owned by a non-resident of this State
and not required by law to be registered in this State;
4. a motor vehicle regularly engaged in the
interstate transportation of persons or property for which a currently effective certificate of title has been issued in another State;
5. a vehicle moved solely by animal power;
6. an implement of husbandry;
7. special mobile equipment;
8. an apportionable trailer or an apportionable
semitrailer registered in the State prior to April 1, 1998;
9. a manufactured home for which an affidavit of
affixation has been recorded pursuant to the Conveyance and Encumbrance of Manufactured Homes as Real Property and Severance Act unless with respect to the same manufactured home there has been recorded an affidavit of severance pursuant to that Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-749, eff. 7-16-14; 99-78, eff. 7-20-15.)
625 ILCS 5/3-103
(625 ILCS 5/3-103)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 3-103)
Optional certificate of title.
(a) The owner of an implement of husbandry or special mobile equipment may
apply for and obtain a certificate of title on it. All of the provisions of
this chapter, except part (e) of Section 3-104, are applicable to a
certificate of title so issued, except that a person who receives a
transfer of an interest in the vehicle without knowledge of the certificate
of title is not prejudiced by reason of the existence of the certificate,
and the perfection of a security interest under this Act is not effective
until the lienholder has complied with the provisions of applicable law
which otherwise relate to the perfection of security interests in personal
An application for an optional certificate of title must be accompanied
by either an exemption determination from the Department of Revenue showing
that no tax imposed under the "Use Tax Act" or the "Retailers' Occupation
Tax Act" is owed by anyone with respect to that vehicle or by a receipt
from the Department of Revenue showing that any tax so imposed has been
paid. No optional certificate of title shall be issued in the absence of
such a receipt or exemption determination.
If the proof of payment or of nonliability is, after the issuance of the
optional certificate of title, found to be invalid, the Secretary of State
shall revoke the optional certificate of title and require that it be
returned to him.
(b) The owner of a manufactured home which is affixed to a permanent foundation and for which a certificate of title has not previously been issued and surrendered for cancellation may apply for a certificate of title, including, if applicable, a certificate of title issued in accordance with subsection (b) of Section 3-109, which shall be issued for the sole purpose of (i) surrendering such certificate of title for cancellation in accordance with Section 3-116.2 or (ii) satisfying the requirements of subdivision (e)(4) of Section 9-334 of the Uniform Commercial Code. The Secretary of State shall issue a certificate of title, in accordance with this Chapter, upon satisfaction of the application requirements of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 98-749, eff. 7-16-14.)
625 ILCS 5/3-104
(625 ILCS 5/3-104)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 3-104)
Application for certificate of title.
(a) The application for a certificate of title for a vehicle in this
State must be made by the owner to the Secretary of State on the form
prescribed and must contain:
1. The name, Illinois residence, mail address, and,
if available, email address of the owner;
2. A description of the vehicle including, so far as
the following data exists: Its make, year-model, identifying number, type of body, whether new or used, as to house trailers as defined in Section 1-128 of this Code, and as to manufactured homes as defined in Section 1-144.03 of this Code, the square footage based upon the outside dimensions excluding the length of the tongue and hitch, and, as to vehicles of the second division, whether for-hire, not-for-hire, or both for-hire and not-for-hire;
3. The date of purchase by applicant and, if
applicable, the name and address of the person from whom the vehicle was acquired and the names and addresses of any lienholders in the order of their priority and signatures of owners;
4. The current odometer reading at the time of
transfer and that the stated odometer reading is one of the following: actual mileage, not the actual mileage or mileage is in excess of its mechanical limits; and
5. Any further information the Secretary of State
reasonably requires to identify the vehicle and to enable him to determine whether the owner is entitled to a certificate of title and the existence or nonexistence of security interests in the vehicle.
(a-5) The Secretary of State shall designate on the prescribed application form a space where the owner of a vehicle may designate a beneficiary, to whom ownership of the vehicle shall pass in the event of the owner's death.
(b) If the application refers to a vehicle purchased from a dealer,
it must also be signed by the dealer as well as the owner, and the dealer must
promptly mail or deliver the application and required documents to the
Secretary of State.
(c) If the application refers to a vehicle last previously
registered in another State or country, the application must contain or
be accompanied by:
1. Any certified document of ownership so recognized
and issued by the other State or country and acceptable to the Secretary of State, and
2. Any other information and documents the Secretary
of State reasonably requires to establish the ownership of the vehicle and the existence or nonexistence of security interests in it.
(d) If the application refers to a new vehicle it must be
accompanied by the Manufacturer's Statement of Origin, or other documents
as required and acceptable by the Secretary of State, with such
assignments as may be necessary to show title in the applicant.
(e) If an application refers to a vehicle rebuilt from a vehicle
previously salvaged, that application shall comply with the provisions
set forth in Sections 3-302 through 3-304 of this Code.
(f) An application for a certificate of title for any vehicle,
whether purchased in Illinois or outside Illinois, and even if
previously registered in another State, must be accompanied by either an
exemption determination from the Department of Revenue showing that no
tax imposed pursuant to the Use Tax Act or the vehicle use tax imposed by
Section 3-1001 of the Illinois Vehicle Code is owed by anyone with respect to
that vehicle, or a receipt from the Department of Revenue showing that any tax
so imposed has been paid. An application for a certificate of title for any
vehicle purchased outside Illinois, even if previously registered in another
state, must be accompanied by either an exemption determination from the
Department of Revenue showing that no tax imposed pursuant to the Municipal Use
Tax Act or the County Use Tax Act is owed by anyone with respect to that
vehicle, or a receipt from the Department of Revenue showing that any tax so
imposed has been paid. In the absence of such a receipt for payment or
determination of exemption from the Department, no certificate of title shall
be issued to the applicant.
If the proof of payment of the tax or of nonliability therefor is,
after the issuance of the certificate of title and display certificate
of title, found to be invalid, the Secretary of State shall revoke the
certificate and require that the certificate of title and, when
applicable, the display certificate of title be returned to him.
(g) If the application refers to a vehicle not manufactured in
accordance with federal safety and emission standards, the application must
be accompanied by all documents required by federal governmental
agencies to meet their standards before a vehicle is allowed to be issued
title and registration.
(h) If the application refers to a vehicle sold at public sale by a
sheriff, it must be accompanied by the required fee and a bill of sale
issued and signed by a sheriff. The bill of sale must identify the new
owner's name and address, the year model, make and vehicle identification
number of the vehicle, court order document number authorizing such sale,
if applicable, and the name and address of any lienholders in order of
priority, if applicable.
(i) If the application refers to a vehicle for which a court of law
determined the ownership, it must be accompanied with a certified copy of
such court order and the required fee. The court order must indicate the
new owner's name and address, the complete description of the vehicle, if
known, the name and address of the lienholder, if any, and must be signed
and dated by the judge issuing such order.
(j) If the application refers to a vehicle sold at public auction pursuant
to the Labor and Storage Lien (Small Amount) Act, it must be
accompanied by an affidavit or affirmation furnished by the Secretary of
State along with the
documents described in the affidavit or affirmation and the required fee.
(k) The Secretary may provide an expedited process for the issuance of vehicle titles. Expedited title applications must be delivered to the Secretary of State's Vehicle Services Department in Springfield by express mail service or hand delivery. Applications must be complete, including necessary forms, fees, and taxes. Applications received before noon on a business day will be processed and shipped that same day. Applications received after noon on a business day will be processed and shipped the next business day. The Secretary shall charge an additional fee of $30 for this service, and that fee shall cover the cost of return shipping via an express mail service. All fees collected by the Secretary of State for expedited services shall be deposited into the Motor Vehicle License Plate Fund. In the event the Vehicle Services Department determines that the volume of expedited title requests received on a given day exceeds the ability of the Vehicle Services Department to process those requests in an expedited manner, the Vehicle Services Department may decline to provide expedited services, and the additional fee for the expedited service shall be refunded to the applicant.
(l) If the application refers to a homemade trailer, (i) it must be accompanied by the appropriate documentation regarding the source of materials used in the construction of the trailer, as required by the Secretary of State, (ii) the trailer must be inspected by a Secretary of State employee prior to the issuance of the title, and (iii) upon approval of the Secretary of State, the trailer must have a vehicle identification number, as provided by the Secretary of State, stamped or riveted to the frame.
(m) The holder of a Manufacturer's Statement of Origin to a manufactured home may deliver it to any person to facilitate conveying or encumbering the manufactured home. Any person receiving any such Manufacturer's Statement of Origin so delivered holds it in trust for the person delivering it.
(n) Within 45 days after the completion of the first retail sale of a manufactured home, the Manufacturer's Statement of Origin to that manufactured home must be surrendered to the Secretary of State either in conjunction with an application for a certificate of title for that manufactured home or in accordance with Section 3-116.1.
(o) Each application for certificate of title for a motor vehicle shall be verified by the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) for a vehicle history report prior to the Secretary issuing a certificate of title.
(Source: P.A. 99-414, eff. 8-20-15; 100-145, eff. 1-1-18
625 ILCS 5/3-104.1
(625 ILCS 5/3-104.1)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 3-104.1)
(Source: P.A. 83-449. Repealed by P.A. 90-665, eff. 1-1-99.)