Illinois Bill of Sale Forms (4)
An Illinois bill of sale is completed when a buyer purchases personal property through a private sale. It is comparable to a receipt as it outlines the specifics of the transaction, such as the selling price and payment method. This form is most often completed for motor vehicles, although it can be used for other items (like boats or firearms). While a bill of sale is not required by the state of Illinois, it is in the best interest of both parties to fill out the form. This is because once it is signed, it proves that the seller has transferred ownership to the buyer.
|Bill of Sale Type||Buyer Signature||Seller Signature||Notarization|
|Motor Vehicle||Required||Required||Not required|
|General (others)||Not required||Required||Not required|
Illinois residents have twenty (20) days to register their motor vehicle after purchasing. Non-residents must submit their vehicle registration within thirty (30) days. Drivers operating an unregistered vehicle can be fined up to $90 per incident (§ 1010.330).
Non-residents have ninety (90) days to apply for a driver’s license after moving to Illinois. Having an identification (ID) in the state is recommended prior to registration as it can be used as proof of residency.
Applicants must visit a Secretary of State (SOS) Driver Services facility to have their photo taken and complete the required exam(s). Once this step has been completed, the new ID will be mailed within fifteen (15) days.
All vehicles in the state of Illinois must be insured. If an uninsured driver is stopped by law enforcement, they can be fined up to $1000.
The insurance policy must cover $25,000 for the injury or death of one (1) person and $50,000 for the injury or death of two (2) or more people. In addition, it must include coverage for $20,000 of property damage per accident (§ 625 ILCS 5/7-601).
New residents cannot register a vehicle until a safety inspection and emissions testing occurs. At that time, the owner receives a “pass” or “fail” document. The applicant must keep this form as it needs to be submitted during registration.
Vehicles over four (4) years old must undergo emissions testing every two (2) years. Certain counties in Illinois do not require emissions testing. However, counties that mandate it send a renewal notice to the resident before expiration.
Step 4 – Submit Documents
Motor vehicle registration can occur at an SOS facility or by mail. Applications must be sent to the following address:
Secretary of State
Vehicle Services Department
501 S. 2nd. St., Room 014
Springfield, IL 62756
Required Forms / Information:
Step 5 – Renew Yearly
Motor vehicle registration in Illinois expires each year. Registration holders can renew online (license plates renewal), by phone (866-545-9609), via mail, or in person.