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How to Transfer a Car Title in Illinois

By Kimberlea Buczeke, March 27, 2017

Be aware and prepared when moving to “the Prairie State”. If you are a new resident to Illinois you only have 30 days to register your vehicle with the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) and transfer your out-of-state title.

When the boxes are unpacked and you are ready to visit an IL SOS office or submit your documents and fees by mail, make sure you have everything in order.

What Will I Need To Transfer a Title in IL?

Complete the Application for Vehicle Transaction(s) form.

Have documents that verify all owners’ names and signatures, your Illinois address, vehicle’s odometer reading, description of the vehicle, and the names and addresses of lienholders.

Also, have the vehicle title, a tax form (available at IL SOS offices), the $95 title fee, registration fee, and taxes.

If you are buying a car in Illinois, transferring the title varies based on if you are purchasing through a dealer or a private party purchase.

When purchasing from a dealership, they will take care of submitting your registration and title transfer to the IL SOS. When buying from a private party make sure to obtain the car title from the seller which has to have the VIN, the odometer reading, your correct name, seller’s signature, and the date of purchase.

Then you will need mail in or visit the IL SOS with the car title, Application for Vehicle Transaction(s) form, completed Private Party Tax Transaction form, and fees and taxes payment.

When selling a vehicle in Illinois you will need to fill out the auto title; including the odometer reading, the buyer’s name, your signature, and the date of sale. You will give the buyer the title, remove the license plates, and complete a Seller’s Report of Sale form.

Please visit the Illinois SOS website if you have further questions on how to transfer a car title. 

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