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Bill advancing to boost Illinois DOC fee

November 17, 2010

A bill to boost to $150 the base documentary fee that Illinois dealers could charge awaits a third roll call in the House, after two positive readings. If it succeeds again, it would be passed to the Senate for consideration.

 

The base DOC fee 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 to complete necessary paperwork and provide copies to purchasers. The bill calls for the new base to take effect Jan. 1, 2008. 

Dealers are encouraged to contact their state representatives and senators to enlist support for Illinois House Bill 1657. The array of federal and state regulations with which dealers must comply when selling vehicles has escalated more than the CPI, and dealers in at least 30 states 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.

 

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