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Bill would change dealer fees again

November 22, 2010
The annual license fee paid to the Illinois secretary of state would cost up to $1,500 for new- and used-vehicle dealers based on the number of vehicles a dealer sold during the previous year, according to a bill under consideration in the state House. If approved, House Bill 280 would allow for one fee for an applicant's established place of business and a lesser fee for each additional place of business. The legislation is among more than 4,000 bills introduced in Springfield since the General Assembly convened last month. The annual dealer license fee increased Jan. 1, 2004, from $100 to $1,000, to help plug a $5 billion state budget deficit. According to HB 280, dealers who sold 3,000 or more vehicles the previous year would pay $1,500 for the applicant's primary place of business and $750 for each additional place of business. Dealers who sold 2,000 to 2,999 vehicles the previous year would pay $1,250 and $625. For dealers in the 1,500 to 1,999 range, the fees would be $1,000 and $500. In the 1,000 to 1,499 range, the fees would be $750 and $375. Sales of 500 to 999 vehicles would result in license fees of $500 and $250; and dealers who sold 499 or fewer vehicles would face fees of $250 and $125. Other bills before the General Assembly include provisions such as: • A dealer license shall be suspended or revoked if any costs or fees assessed under the Motor Vehicle Franchise Act remain unpaid for 90 days after any demand for such costs or fees is issued from the Motor Vehicle Review Board; • An application for a certificate of title must include the applicant's age. If the applicant is under age 18 and is not an emancipated minor, the applicant's parent or guardian must sign a statement consenting to the application; • An application for a certificate of title must include the vehicle's color at time of acquisition; • The state's motor vehicle fuel tax would increase Jan. 1, 2006, from 19 cents to 19.1 cents per gallon, with the one-tenth cent increase being deposited into the Energy Independence Fund; and • A prohibition from operating a motor vehicle that is equipped with any license plate cover (only tinted plastic or glass covers currently are prohibited).
 

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