After suspending for nearly a year the practice of mailing renewal notices for license plate stickers, the Secretary of State’s (SoS) office has announced it will once again begin mailing those notices in the coming month.
A SoS spokesman said the mailings would be reinstated immediately. Motorists whose license plate stickers will expire toward the end of August will be the first to receive the mailed reminders.
Though the Secretary of State’s office urged motorists to sign up for electronic reminders, thousands still failed to renew their license plate stickers in a timely manner. As a result, many motorists were subsequently ticketed by law enforcement or paid late fees for expired license plate stickers.
A State Journal-Register article reported that from January to mid-July, about 563,400 motorists were assessed more than $11 million in late fees for failing to renew license plate stickers on time. During the same period in 2015, when renewal notices were still being mailed, about 252,700 motorists paid $5.5 million in late fees.
Though the office is reinstating mailed reminders, the Secretary of State’s office is still encouraging the public to sign up for electronic renewal reminders at cyberdriveillinois.com. Those that sign up for email reminders are removed from the office’s mailing list, reducing associated postage costs.