How much are tax, title and license fees in Illinois?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, FAQs on Sunday, July 19th, 2020 at 4:54 pm
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Illinois Vehicle Purchase Tax, Title and License Fees

When buying a vehicle, there are an assortment of costs that may not be initially apparent. These are traditionally referred to as “hidden costs,” and three largely unavoidable hidden costs are tax, title and license fees. How much are tax, title and license fees in Illinois?

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Standard tax, title and license fees charged on a new vehicle in Illinois are as follows:

  • Sales Tax: 7.25% (additional county taxes may also apply)
  • Title Fee: $150
  • License and Registration Fee: $151

As such, the total tax, title and license fee in the Prairie State is typically $301 plus 7.25% (give or take additional county taxes) of the purchase price.

What other title fees are possible?

Besides the typical fees above, other Title fees exist for other situations. These include:

  • Duplicate or Corrected Title: $50
  • Salvage Certificate: $20
  • Junking Certificate: $0

Fun Fact: There are approximately 10.4 million vehicles registered in the state of Illinois.

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How do I apply for a license plate in Illinois?

To apply for license plates in Illinois, submit a copy of the Illinois Certificate of Title for the vehicle in your name. With this, include a completed Application for Vehicle Transaction(s) (VSD 190). These forms should be submitted to the Secretary of State.

Though the typical fee is listed above ($151), the license plate category or the weight of the vehicle ultimately determine how much you’re charged.

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How do I apply for a vehicle title in Illinois?

To apply for a title, submit an Application for Vehicle Transaction(s) (VSD 190), along with the $150 title fee. The applicable tax form, along with a surrendered title or manufacturers certificate of origin (signed by you or the seller) should also be included. Other supporting documents may also be required.

More useful information on these topics can be found here.


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