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2010 Illinois DOC fee max is $154.38

November 16, 2010

The maximum amount that Illinois dealers can charge in 2010 for documentary preparation fees is $154.38, the Illinois attorney general’s office announced Dec. 17.

The $2.73 increase over the 2009 maximum fee reflects a 1.8 percent rise in the federal Consumer Price Index for the 12-month period ending Nov. 30. The index is tracked by the U.S. Department of Labor. As always, the DOC fee is taxable and must be substantiated upon request by the attorney general’s office.

The CATA developed a poster about the DOC fee that dealers can display. On the poster, the DOC fee amount is left blank for dealers to fill in; any amount up to the maximum allowed may be charged, but all customers must be charged the same amount. Systematically charging one group but not another—all males but no females—could bring charges of profiling.

Two copies of the poster are included with the print edition of this newsletter, mailed to dealers. For limited additional copies, call the CATA at (630) 495-2282.

IMPORTANT: The new maximum fee cannot be charged before Jan. 1.