Manley reminds residents to check license plate renewal date

1/25/2016, 10:32 a.m.
Due to state budget cuts, the secretary of state no longer mails notices to renew your license plate tabs.
State Rep. Natalie Manley

Concerned for citizens potentially facing higher costs, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, wants to remind everyone that the Secretary of State’s office no longer sends out letters informing residents that their license plate is up for renewal. She encourages drivers to check the sticker on their license plates to note when they need to renew their vehicle registration.

“Residents in our community need to be aware that they may need to renew their vehicle registration soon, and they can no longer depend on a letter reminding them to do so,” Manley said. “With daily obligations that residents face, I understand that it is not at the forefront of everyone’s mind to check when their registration expires on their license plate, but it can save a lot of headaches if they do so.”

Since September 2015, the Secretary of State’s office stopped sending out letters to remind residents to renew their license plates, due to lack of a state budget. The office is still able to send out notice reminders through email, if drivers sign up with their registration ID and pin number at www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

Manley has also been working to protect citizens from late fees by sponsoring a bill allowing the vehicle owner a grace period of 30 days to renew without facing late fees. This would only apply during times that the Secretary of State is not sending renewal notices.

“It is important to note that citizens can still be fined around $120 by the local police department if they are driving with an expired vehicle registration sticker,” Manley said. “I want to make sure local drivers know about the options available to them, so as few people as possible face these penalties.”