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A final positive Senate vote would send DOC fee legislation to governor

November 17, 2010

Legislation to increase the Illinois DOC fee awaited a final Senate vote on this newsletter’s May 17 deadline. If the measure passes, it would be sent to Gov. Rod Blagojevich for his consideration. 

House Bill 1657, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2008, would boost to $150 the minimum documentary service fee that dealers can charge customers to complete necessary paperwork in vehicle transactions.


If HB 1657 reaches the governor, he would have 60 days to either sign or veto it. Blagojevich has not indicated an opinion on the bill. 

The base DOC was $40 when it was established in 1992. Annual adjustments tied to the Consumer Price Index have increased to $58.48 the maximum fee that can be charged this year.


The array of federal and state regulations with which dealers must comply when selling vehicles is mounting, and dealers in at least 30 states reportedly are permitted to charge $400 to $900 in DOC fees.


Since 2001, for instance, new federal regulations dealers must adhere to include the Privacy Act and the related Safeguards Rule, the Patriot Act, and the Federal Communication Commission’s National Do-Not-Call or –Fax Registries.


To comply with those and other mandates, dealers must pay monthly or annual licensing fees for software or engage third-party vendors, and pay to train their employees about compliance.