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VEHICLES
(625 ILCS 5/) Illinois Vehicle Code.

625 ILCS 5/3-419

    (625 ILCS 5/3-419) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 3-419)
    Sec. 3-419. Regulations governing change of motors.
    The Secretary of State is authorized to adopt and enforce such registration rules and regulations as may be deemed necessary and compatible with the public interest with respect to the change or substitution of one engine in place of another in any motor vehicle.
    Where a substitution or change changes the classification of a motor vehicle for registration purposes resulting in requiring the payment of a greater fee or tax, the owner shall be required to reclassify the registration and pay the higher or greater fee or tax due.
(Source: P.A. 77-364.)

625 ILCS 5/3-421

    (625 ILCS 5/3-421) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 3-421)
    Sec. 3-421. Right of reassignment.
    (a) Every natural person shall have the right of reassignment of the license number issued to him during the current registration plate term, for the ensuing registration plate term, provided his application for reassignment is received in the Office of the Secretary of State on or before September 30 of the final year of the registration plate term as to a vehicle registered on a calendar year, and on or before March 31 as to a vehicle registered on a fiscal year. The right of reassignment shall apply to every natural person under the staggered registration system provided the application for reassignment is received in the Office of the Secretary of State by the 1st day of the month immediately preceding the applicant's month of expiration.
    In addition, every natural person shall have the right of reassignment of the license number issued to him for a two-year registration, for the ensuing two-year period. Where the two-year period is for two calendar years, the application for reassignment must be received by the Secretary of State on or before September 30th of the year preceding commencement of the two-year period. Where the two-year period is for two fiscal years commencing on July 1, the application for reassignment must be received by the Secretary of State on or before April 30th immediately preceding commencement of the two-year period.
    (b) Notwithstanding the above provision, the Secretary of State shall, subject to the existing right of reassignment, have the authority to designate new specific combinations of numerical, alpha-numerical, and numerical-alpha licenses for vehicles registered on a calendar year or on a fiscal year, whether the license be issued for one or more years. The new combinations so specified shall not be subject to the right of reassignment, and no right of reassignment thereto may at any future time be acquired.
(Source: P.A. 80-230; 80-1185.)

625 ILCS 5/3-422

    (625 ILCS 5/3-422)
    Sec. 3-422. Issuance of confidential license plates and registrations.
    (a) Requirements for use of confidential vehicle license plates and registrations. Confidential vehicle license plates and registrations may be issued to local, state, and federal government agencies for bona fide law enforcement purposes. The plates and registrations may be issued in fictitious names and addresses, and may be used only in confidential, investigative, or undercover law enforcement operations.
    (b) Application procedures for confidential plates and registrations:
        (1) Applications by local, state, and federal
    
government agencies for confidential license plates and registrations must be made to the Secretary of State Police Department on a form and in a manner prescribed by the Secretary of State Police Department.
        (2) The application form must include information,
    
as specific as possible without compromising investigations or techniques, setting forth the need for the license plates and registrations and the uses to which the license plates and registrations will be limited.
        (3) The application form must be signed and verified
    
by the local, state, or federal government agency head or designee.
        (4) Registration information maintained by the
    
Secretary of State Police Department for confidential license plates and registrations must show the fictitious names and addresses on all records subject to public disclosure. All other information concerning these confidential license plates and registrations are exempt from disclosure unless the disclosure is ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction.
    (c) Revocation and cancellation procedures for confidential license plates and registrations:
        (1) The Secretary of State Police Department may
    
revoke or refuse to renew confidential license plates and registrations when they have reasonable cause to believe the license plates and registrations are being used for purposes other than those set forth in the application form or authorized by this Section, or where records indicate that within a one-year period five or more parking or toll highway violations have been issued to the vehicle associated with the license plate and registration and those violations remain unpaid.
        (2) A government agency must request cancellation of
    
confidential license plates and registrations that are no longer required for the purposes for which they were issued.
        (3) All revoked confidential license plates and
    
certificates of registration must be promptly returned to the Secretary of State Police Department by the government agency to which they were issued.
    (d) All fees collected for the issuance of confidential license plates and registrations must be deposited in the Secretary of State Police Services Fund.
(Source: P.A. 96-549, eff. 8-17-09.)

625 ILCS 5/Ch. 3 Art. V

 
    (625 ILCS 5/Ch. 3 Art. V heading)
ARTICLE V. TRANSFER OF REGISTRATION

625 ILCS 5/3-501

    (625 ILCS 5/3-501) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 3-501)
    Sec. 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 of State.
(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)
    Sec. 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 or 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)
    Sec. 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)
    Sec. 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.)