Quick and Easy Illinois License Plate Renewal

Schedule Appointments With the DMV Quick and Easy Illinois License Plate Renewal

Set Up an Illinois DMV Appointment Fast

Vehicle license plates have a validity period of one year, after which you must renew them. Only a Secretary of State facility can issue new license plate tags. To renew your license plates in the state of Illinois, you must first schedule an appointment with the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Approximately more than 5 million people in Illinois own a car. With such numbers, getting an appointment with the DMV can be a daunting task and very time-consuming with long wait times on the phone.

DoNotPay helps you renew your license plates hassle-free from the comfort of your home. To avoid long wait times, we'll make an appointment for you from your web browser without you having to dial anyone. 

How to Renew Your License Plates with Illinois DMV 

There are four options for booking an appointment and renewing your license plates with the Illinois DMV:

Calling the Illinois DMV appointment helplineThe Illinois DMV helpline number is 800-252-8980. A majority of Illinois residents schedule their DMV appointments via phone call. You may have to wait hours before you can get a hold of someone at the other end.
Schedule an appointment onlineThe CyberDrive Illinois license plate renewal allows you to renew your plate tags online. Go to the Illinois DMV website. On the platform, you can either schedule an appointment or apply for a license plate renewal. The DMV will send you your plate tags via mail.
Walk-in appointmentsWhile most Illinois Secretary of State facilities operate on an appointment-only basis, some accept walk-ins. Visit a DMV office and request to speak to a representative. If you find an open slot, you can apply for your license plate renewal on the spot. You will be issued a temporary renewal sticker as you wait for the new license plate tags to be mailed to you.
Mailing the Illinois DMV officesTo renew your license plates, first, search for the mailing address of the nearest Illinois Secretary of State facility. Then, fill in form 1090―the application for Vehicle Transactions VSD and mail it directly to the DMV offices. You'll receive your license plate tags after it's processed.

How to Book an Illinois DMV Appointment for License Plate Renewal with DoNotPay 

DoNotPay simplifies the license plate renewal process by making a DMV appointment for you within minutes. You won't have to wait on call to speak to a DMV representative. To get started, select the type of appointment you'd like to book on your web browser. The options include:

  • Renewing your license plates
  • Getting your license
  • Setting up a driver's exam
  • Changing your address
  • Renewing your registration

After selecting license plate renewal, the DoNotPay platform will ask you for the most suitable time for you. Set your appointment time and key in the required information for your license plate tags. DoNotPay will search for the paperwork required and upload it on the platform. 

What Documents Are Required for Illinois License Plate Renewal?

To get your new tags, you need:

  • Registration card which contains your registration ID and PIN
  • License plate number
  • The mailing address you last used to renew your plate tags/register your vehicle

If you don't have a registration card, call 800-252-8980 if you're within the state and 217-785-3000 for out-of-state calls.

What Is the Best Time to Visit the Illinois DMV Office?

If you wish to schedule an appointment in person, you should go when there is the least traffic. Since most licenses expire at the end of the month, mid-month is the ideal date to schedule your appointment.

Mid-week between Wednesday and Thursday is ideal. Most people run their errands early in the week or towards the weekend. The best time of day is early morning or just after the lunch break.

Avoid visiting DMV offices an hour until lunch or closing time. That's when everyone is in a rush to finish their errand, and DMV staff is in a hurry to leave the office. 

How Long Do I Have to Wait for An Appointment at the Illinois DMV?

Secretary of State facilities allow you to schedule an appointment up to 10 business days in advance. If you choose to schedule the appointment yourself, you can wait for hours before you get hold of a DMV representative.

DoNotPay helps you book your appointments within minutes, so you don't have to wait on hold for hours.

What Can You Do to Avoid Long Wait Times When Making An Appointment at the Illinois DMV?

  1. Use DoNotPay to schedule your appointment. It only takes minutes to book directly from your browser.
  2. You don't need to visit the DMV office to renew your license plates. Check online on the DMV website if you can renew without a meeting. The DMV will send the new license plate tags to your home.

If you must visit the DMV offices, search the DMV website to find the nearest DMV location to you. 

Other Ways to Renew Your License Plates in Illinois

Unlike other state documents like driver's licenses and identification cards, there are other authorized issuers of new license plate tags besides a Secretary of State facility. In the state of Illinois, you can renew your license plate from:

  1. Illinois currency exchange associations
  2. Specific banks

These issuers charge a premium fee for offering convenient services. Avoid lengthy wait times and hefty charges by signing up with us. DoNotPay provides convenience at your fingertips at a minimal cost.

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