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625 ILCS 5/Ch. 3 Art. V
(625 ILCS 5/Ch. 3 Art. V heading)
TRANSFER OF REGISTRATION
625 ILCS 5/3-501
(625 ILCS 5/3-501)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 3-501)
Registration expires on transfer by owner.
Whenever the owner of a registered vehicle transfers or assigns his
title, or interest thereto, the registration of such vehicle shall expire
and the owner shall not be entitled to any refund of the registration fee.
The owner shall remove the registration plates and registration stickers,
if any, therefrom and forward the
same to the Secretary of State or may have such plates
and registration stickers, if any, and the registration
number thereon assigned to another vehicle upon payment of the fees
required by law and subject to the rules and regulations of the Secretary
(Source: P.A. 80-230; 80-1185.)
625 ILCS 5/3-501.1
(625 ILCS 5/3-501.1)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 3-501.1)
Transfer or return of vanity or personalized license
plates. When any person who has been issued vanity or personalized license
plates sells, trades or otherwise releases the ownership of the vehicle
upon which the vanity or personalized license plates have been displayed,
he shall immediately report the transfer of such plates to an acquired
motor vehicle pursuant to Section 3-501 and pay the transfer fee
shall, upon the request of the Secretary, immediately return such plates
to the Secretary of State. The right to
reassignment of the registration plate number shall apply as provided in
Section 3-421 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 88-78.)
625 ILCS 5/3-502
(625 ILCS 5/3-502)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 3-502)
New owner must secure new registration.
The transferee before operating or permitting the operation of such
vehicle upon a highway shall apply for and obtain the registration thereof,
as upon an original registration, except as otherwise permitted in Sections
3-401, 3-503 and 3-504.
(Source: P.A. 76-1586.)
625 ILCS 5/3-503
(625 ILCS 5/3-503)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 3-503)
Transfers to dealers.
When the transferee of a vehicle is a dealer who holds the same for
resale and lawfully operates the same under dealers' number plates or when
the transferee does not drive such vehicle or permit it to be driven upon
the highways, such transferee shall not be required to obtain a new
registration of said vehicle.
(Source: P.A. 76-1586.)
625 ILCS 5/3-504
(625 ILCS 5/3-504)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 3-504)
Transfer by operation of law.
Except in case of joint tenancy with the right of survivorship or
surviving spouse or transfer pursuant to an order of the Illinois Commerce
Commission or Interstate Commerce Commission, whenever the title or
interest of an owner in or to a registered vehicle shall pass to another
otherwise than by voluntary transfer, except a transfer pursuant to an
order of the Illinois Commerce Commission or Interstate Commerce
Commission, the registration thereof shall expire and the vehicle shall not
be operated upon the highways unless and until the person entitled to
possession of such vehicle shall apply for and obtain the registration
(Source: P.A. 76-1586.)
625 ILCS 5/3-505
(625 ILCS 5/3-505)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 3-505)
Transfer of Reciprocity Permit or Prorate Decals.
Whenever the owner of a vehicle properly registered in another State
transfers his interest thereto, Illinois evidence of proper registration
in such other State, that is an Illinois Reciprocity Permit
or a Prorate
Decal, shall expire and the owner shall remove the same from such
vehicle and forward the same to the Secretary of State.
The owner may, however, instead have such Illinois evidence of proper
registration in another State assigned to another vehicle also properly
registered in another State, upon payment of the fees required by law
and subject to the rules and regulations of the Secretary.
(Source: P.A. 81-886.)
625 ILCS 5/3-506
(625 ILCS 5/3-506)
Transfer of plates to spouses of military service members.
Upon the death of a military service member who has been issued a special plate under Section 3-609.1, 3-620, 3-621, 3-622, 3-623, 3-624, 3-625, 3-626, 3-628, 3-638, 3-642, 3-645, 3-647, 3-650, 3-651, 3-666, 3-667, 3-668, 3-669, 3-676, 3-677, 3-680, 3-681, 3-683, 3-686, 3-688, 3-693, 3-698, or 3-699.12 of this Code, the surviving spouse of that service member may retain the plate so long as that spouse is a resident of Illinois and transfers the registration to his or her name within 180 days of the death of the service member.
For the purposes of this Section, "service member" means any individual who is serving or has served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces, including the National Guard or other reserve components of the Armed Forces, and has been issued a special plate listed in this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-805, eff. 1-1-17; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17.)