New Illinois License Plate

Photo courtesy of Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.

November 15, 2016

Secretary of State Jesse White made a HUGE announcement today that will affect Illinois drivers, beginning next year.  The Illinois Secretary of Sate’s office announced that Illinois license plates are getting a makeover beginning January 2017.  In a press release today, Tuesday, Jesse White stated:

The purpose of the program is to ensure – now and in the future – that older license plates on Illinois roads are replaced. License plates’ reflectivity diminishes with age, which impacts law enforcement’s ability to quickly and accurately identify license plate numbers…This [program] will ensure that plates are appropriately replaced with the ultimate goal being no license plate on the road will be more than 10- years-old.

Under the program, the oldest license plates will be replaced first. In 2017, passenger plates that were manufactured in 2000 and 2001 will be replaced. In 2018, passenger plates that were manufactured in 2002 and 2003 will be replaced. Each year the office will continue to replace older license plates with the newly issued plate.

What does this mean for you?

Motorists are encouraged to bring their old license plates to their local Secretary of State facility to safely dispose of them through a special recycling program.  Even if it’s not your time to receive a new plate, you may still request a new one in January by visiting for a replacement fee of $29.

If your license plate was manufactured after 2001 and is exhibiting signs of wear and tear, please visit to apply for the redesigned license plate at no charge.

Vehicle owners may renew their vehicle registration by visiting a Secretary of State facility, going online at, by mail or by calling 800-252-8980.

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