The Secretary of State from Illinois will send out a renewal notice and application for your vehicle before the registration expires. This notice will include a registration renewal code as well as a PIN.
This information can be used to renew your vehicle registration either over the phone or online. The notice will also contain information about whether or not your car will need to undergo and pass an emissions inspection.
If your vehicle needs to pass an emissions test before renewal, you will receive notice about 4 months before your registration expires.
You will need to go to an emissions testing station located near you to have the vehicle tested. You may need to make an appointment beforehand, so it may be a good idea to call the testing station in advance.
Vehicles exempt from an emissions test include vehicles which have been:
- Made before 2007 and weigh 8500 to 14,000 pounds, and
- Vehicles that are gas powered and weigh more than 14,000 pounds
Once your vehicle has passed inspection the SOS will be notified electronically.
To renew your registration in person you will need to provide your renewal notice and have your payment ready when you visit your local DMV office.
To renew your registration online you will need a registration ID as well as the aforementioned PIN found on the renewal notice. You also need your insurance policy number and expiration date, and of course your payment.