Illinois Car Title
Do you need a car title in Illinois? We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to receive your car title in Illinois. Select from the options below to get started.
Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide" containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. Via our partners at Road America, you will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.
2: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)
Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the VSD in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local VSD.
3: Via a local VSD office
If you prefer to access VSD services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical VSD office location. Varying VSD offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the VSD closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local VSD allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.
New Illinois Car Title
In Illinois, it is necessary to apply for a new title when you purchase a new or used vehicle, change ownership of a vehicle, or register ir for the first time within the state. If you are the owner, you will need to have the title of that vehicle put in your name. Whether you have purchased your vehicle from a private party or out-of-state dealer, refinanced your vehicle, or need to add or remove an owner from that vehicle's title, you will need to apply for a new title.
Visit Car-title.org for a step-by-step guide to obtaining or transferring your car title.
Obtaining a Duplicate Title
Lost your Illinoir car title? You can apply for a duplicate title online, by phone, by mail or in person at any VSD office.
If your title is lost or stolen in Illinois, you will need to complete and sign an application for a duplicate title. You will be required to pay a $95 duplicate fee and present certain proofs of identification and ownership. For more information regarding your motor vehicle tags and titles, click here.
Changing the Address On Your Car Title
In Illinois, changing the address on your vehicle's title can be completed in person at any VSD office. You are required to report a change of address to the VSD as soon as possible following your move. Once you've changed the address on your vehicle title and registration, you may also want to change the address on your driver's license and voter registration. For information on making corrections to your voter registration, click here.
Changing the Name On Your Car Title
If you've recently legally changed your name, in Illinois, and would like your car title to display your new name, you will first need to update your information with the Social Security Administration. Visit the SSA website for more information.
Once you've updated your name with the SSA, you have the option of changing the name on your car title either by mail or in person at your local VSD office.
Illinois Bill of Sale
In Illinois, the original certificate of title for a vehicle serves the same function as its bill of sale. A bill of sale is needed only if either the buyer and/or seller would like to have one for their personal records. If an Illinois bill of sale is to be completed, it should contain the names, current addresses and phone numbers of both the buyer and the seller, a detailed description of the vehicle, what it sold for, its odometer reading at the time of the sale, its vehicle identification number (VIN), license plate number and a signed bilateral acknowledgement that the vehicle has no liens associated with it.
Illinois Salvage Titles
An automobile involved in an accident in the state of Illinois becomes a salvage vehicle if your insurance company deems it a "total loss"." If the vehicle is restored by a licensed re-builder, you, as the owner, can then acquire a salvage re-built title from the Illinois Secretary of State Vehicle Services Department.
Until an Illinois salvage title is issued:
- You can't have a valid plate on the car
- You are not allowed to drive the vehicle on roadways of any type
- You have to have it repaired by a licensed re-builder
- You have to have the vehicle pass inspection
Applying for a Illinois Salvage Certificate Title
An Illinois Salvage Certificate of Title will be issued after the insurance company deems it a total loss. A salvage vehicle cannot be registered. If you have a licensed rebuilder repair your salvaged vehicle and have it roadworthy, only at that time can the title be changed from "salvage" to "rebuilt." Then you can register the salvaged vehicle. When applying for a new vehicle title, you'll need to fill out an Affirmation Supporting Salvage Certificate form. This form must accompany all Salvage Certificates for which a Certificate of Title is requested.
Illinois Salvage Rebuilt Titles
In the state of Illinois, only a licensed rebuilder can obtain a salvage vehicle. In other words, don't waste your time, money and efforts on fixing up the vehicle if you are not licensed. If you are a licensed rebuilder, then along with the appropriate paperwork you'll be able to apply for a title that will reflect: title brand changed from "salvage" to "rebuilt." After rebuilding you automobile, the vehicle must also pass a safety inspection at an Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Once you have all the necessary requirements met, you can go to your local IL Secretary of State's office to apply for an IL Salvage Vehicle Rebuilt Title.
Title an Abandoned Vehicle in Illinois
An abandoned vehicle title in Illinois can be claimed by anyone as long as the owner does not come forward to claim it. To claim an abandoned vehicle, and title it in Illinois you'll have to first report the abandoned vehicle to local Illinois law authorities, then fill out an abandoned vehicle report. Your next step it to publish a notice in the newspaper that you found an abandoned vehicle, and its location (make sure to ask for a publication certificate). This is done so that it gives the prior owner a chance to claim the vehicle. Next, fill out an IL Application for Certificate of Title form available at your local IL Secretary of State's office, and mail that along with the publication certificate, and the appropriate fees. You receive a new title and registration from them through the mail.